National Study of Child Protective Services Systems and Reform Efforts: Site Visits Report . Practice Components


The major components of the model are:

  • Develop practice skills through training, observation, and testing of staff on engaging children and parents in the goals of providing safety, protection, and permanence for children;
  • Use comprehensive family assessments of children and families to achieve decisive action earlier in DCFS involvement;
  • Provide individualized service planning, matched to child and family needs, to overcome the underlying causes of the incidents or circumstances leading to the referral for services;
  • Utilize family team conferences to support the child and family;
  • Supply trained mentors to each new employee;
  • Offer foster parent training to align key partners with the practice model;
  • Build community resource development skills to advocate for children and families and to increase resources available to help resolve instances of child neglect, abuse, and dependency; and
  • Improve information gathered through DCFS data and case reviews to modify the practice model as needed.

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