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


As noted above, reform efforts implemented by Ventura County CFS are too new for their effectiveness and systemic impact to have been adequately assessed. However, CFS staff, administration, and partners believe that they are improving services for children and families reported to CPS. The sentiments expressed by management and workers are that, while the current situation is not perfect, the organizational infrastructure and leadership that are needed to manage change are in place. The recent changes were reported to be accompanied by a universal commitment by both program managers and line workers for the ongoing responsiveness of CPS practices.

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