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California Core Practice Model

California’s child welfare community has a long and respected history of creating and implementing successful approaches to serving children and families. Our state supervised and county- implemented system has provided numerous opportunities at both the state and local level for the development of innovative practices and initiatives aimed at improving outcomes. However, multiple emerging and established initiatives and practices have impacted our ability to have a consistent statewide approach for child welfare practice.

Efforts are currently underway to develop a Child Welfare Core Practice Model for California that is intended as a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The goal is to create a practice model that guides practice, service delivery and decision-making and builds on the great work already taking place by integrating key elements of existing initiatives and proven practices such as the California Partners for Permanency (CAPP), the Katie A. Core Practice Model, and Safety Organized Practice (SOP). The model will give meaning to the work currently in practice and improve outcomes for children and families.

For more information about the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model, please see the resources provided on the California Social Work Education Center’s (CalSWEC) website.

Trainer's Forum: California Core Practice Model Recorded Webinar

Trainer’s Forum: California Core Practice Model Recorded Webinar – June 21, 2013

Intended Audience: This webinar is intended for trainers who wish to have information on the new California Core Practice Model that is being implemented in the state of California

Description: The webinar will cover the legal settlement in California which provides for mental health services for children in the child welfare system. A brief history of Katie A. vs. Bonta, the legal settlement, the Core Practice Model and current implementation efforts will be discussed. Implications and recommendations for trainers on integrating the Core Practice Model into their own training will be discussed.

Topics Include:

  • Brief history of the Katie A. vs. Bonta lawsuit
  • Settlement agreement of the lawsuit
  • Partnership between mental health and child welfare
  • CA Core Practice Model
  • The Core Practice Model and California Standardized Curriculum
  • Revision process of the California Standardized Curriculum
  • Implications and recommendations on integrating the Core Practice Model concepts into a training

California Core Practice Model Stakeholder Engagement Recorded Webinar

California Core Practice Model Stakeholder Engagement Recorded Webinar – November 13, 2014

Intended Audience: This webinar is intended for statewide stakeholders who are interested in learning more about the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model to define our practice in California.

Description: This webinar presents information about how the County Welfare Directors Children’s Committee took on the task of building this model. Through research, consultation, monthly meetings, and statewide convenings, the Practice Model Design Team has put together the theoretical framework, values, practice components and practice elements for the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model to define our practice in California.

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