Highlights on Homelessness: The FY 2020-21 Governor's Budget

June 25, 2020

The Governor’s Budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 highlights plans to continue to combat homelessness, which remains a statewide concern. The budget lays out funding and delegates significant responsibility to state and local governments.

Linkages Revisited

June 25, 2020

The Linkages Project was implemented by pioneer counties with the direction and support of CDSS and the California Center for Research on Women and Children in 2000. This project represented a collaborative approach between child welfare and CalWORKs staff in serving families, with a focus on prevention prior to intervention. Fast forwarding twenty years later, the philosophy of Linkages remains, and has impacted culture and service delivery across the field of human services.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Assembly Bill 340 (AB 340)

June 25, 2020

In 2019, California Governor Gavin Newson appointed pediatrician Nadine Burke Harris as California’s first-ever Surgeon General. A UC Davis School of Medicine graduate in 2001, Burke Harris is well known for her role in spreading awareness to all healthcare providers about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress.

Instructor Spotlight: Tiffany Salcido

June 25, 2020

Tiffany Salcido has more than 15 years of experience in the field of human services and social services programs. Passionate about empowering others, her experience spans various roles and programs, including clerical/reception, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, Foster Care, Aid to Adoptions, Kin-GAP, CAPI, Linkages, and Welfare to Work. Salcido has also served as a staff development trainer, providing induction training and continuing education for eligibility, the C-IV automated system, and Welfare to Work programs.

UC Davis Human Services’ Evaluation Team Presents Findings at Statewide QMAG Meeting

June 19, 2020

In May the UC Davis Human Services Evaluation team participated in the Sonoma QMAG (short for Quality Management Advisory Group) biannual meeting for the fourth consecutive year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, in lieu of convening at the North Bay Regional Center in Sonoma County as originally planned, over 30 participants attended the meeting virtually.

Foster Care Rates During COVID-19: A Playbook for Supporting Child and Youth Permanency

June 11, 2020

UC Davis Human Services’ Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice team was proud to partner with the California Department of Social Services and many contributing partners on the development of this timely and relevant Playbook, Flexible Foster Care Rated During COVID-19: A Playbook for Supporting Child and Youth Permanency through a Wraparound-Informed Approach Operationalizing All County Letter 20-44.

Free Training Webinars to Address Challenges of Working through COVID-19

May 19, 2020

By now, some of us are beginning to adjust to the “new normal” at work. But that doesn’t make our jobs any easier. In an effort to help county human services professionals address issues and challenges related to the COVID-19 health crisis, we’ve developed three new courses that’ we’re offering as free webinars:

Video from the Field: Child welfare workers document the struggles of their day-to-day amid pandemic

May 06, 2020

In this relevant (and relatable) news story, CBS News' Jericka Duncan shares the accounts of some child welfare workers who recorded video diaries of the lengths they must go to meet with children and families while observing health precautions during the COVID-19 health crisis.

Watch the video and consider sharing it with your colleagues—there maybe a variety of ways to use this video with your staff and community.

Bringing Training and Resources to You During COVID-19

April 17, 2020

Like so many of you, our Human Services team has undergone a huge shift in the way we approach our work in response to the challenges presented by COVID-19. Many on our team are working from home for the first time and are learning quickly how to remain impactful remotely, while others are seasoned veterans at remote work and are sharing their wisdom freely.

Navigating Psychosocial Impacts of COVID-19: Webinars with Dr. Beth Cohen

April 06, 2020

On April 1 and 2 we hosted a series of webinars for Human Services staff and leaders focused on navigating the often-overlooked psychosocial impacts of a crisis in general, and with COVID-19 in particular. The trauma-informed and leadership-focused webinars examine some of the atypical leadership behaviors required during these challenging times, as well as trauma-informed leadership practices that can help reduce workforce burnout and stress.

COVID-19 Stress, Distress and Trauma Video Series with Dr. Bruce Perry

April 06, 2020

World-renowned expert in child health and well-being and principal of the Neurosequential Network Dr. Bruce Perry, M.D., Ph.D., has produced a series of short videos to help professionals (and parents) better understand and navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 global health crisis—on themselves, their families and the vulnerable families they serve.

To access these videos, as well as other helpful resources from Dr. Perry, visit this site.


Celebrating 15 Years of Reaching Out

March 05, 2020

By Susan Brooks, Director of Human Services, UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education

As we celebrate Reaching Out's 15th year of production, we couldn't help but fall into a little reflection. 

Over these many but quickly moving years, each issue of Reaching Out has traditionally highlighted one central topic area. As we searched for one common thread across our many issues, we kept coming back to one that is still a large, important, and very tricky topic to this day: implementation.

Great Leaders Rewire Brains

March 04, 2020

By Laurie Ellington

When it comes to implementing a new strategy or practice within an organization, the organizational culture will have a massive say in whether implementation succeeds or fails. The challenge for leaders, then, is as stubborn and persistent as it is natural: Culture will not change without resistance.

12 Tips for Small Counties around Implementation

March 04, 2020

By Alison Book, Director, Northern Academy

Small counties face unique challenges when implementing new mandates or practices in child welfare, including limited staff, funding and other resources. Implementation science tells us that successful implementation requires attention to executive (leadership level), cross-system and day-to-day functions—and leaders in small agencies are frequently, and sometimes solely, responsible for attending to all of these. 

What Does it Take for Effective Implementation to Get to Outcomes?

March 04, 2020

By Renée Boothroyd, Scientist and Senior Implementation Specialist, Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Getting to outcomes is not as simple as selecting an effective practice model or strategy (“the WHAT”). The process of supporting use of any practice model or strategy (“the HOW”) is just as, if not more important, for creating supportive systems and improving outcomes. 

Creating a Culture of Continuous Learning

March 04, 2020

In 2019, as part of the Northern Academy's CQI Thought Takeaways video series, Jami Ledoux from Casey Family Programs talked about implementing CQI by transforming the culture that informs the focus within that system. This article is adapted from her presentation, which is available here.

Implementing ICPM in an SOP World

March 04, 2020

Safety organized practice (SOP) implementation in California began in the northern region in 2008. Over the past decade, this partnership-based approach to engaging children and families and their networks of support has been adopted by many counties across the state, with counties currently at various stages of implementation.

Pilot Study: Impact of Coaching on Implementing Safety Organized Practice

March 04, 2020

In 2012, The Northern Academy at UC Davis developed a coaching model to support the implementation of Safety Organized Practice (SOP) within their service area. Since that time, the use of coaching has spread across the region, state and country; however, limited information has been available regarding coaching's efficacy for SOP implementation, as well as the particular elements of any coaching model that are linked to any gains.

From the Director: Reflecting on the Words of Wraparound

January 22, 2020
By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, UC Davis Human Services Hello and welcome to our first newsletter in 2020! As 2019 was coming to a close, I spoke with many people about Wraparound and our work in the coming year at UC Davis. During my conversations and with further study on Wraparound services, one word seemed to keep surfacing and that was collaboration.

“We Are Not Giving Up!”

January 22, 2020

That’s what Kristen, then a foster mom, told the social worker about Katie when things in the home seemed overwhelming. Katie, now 5 ½, came to them after others couldn’t manage or meet her needs, but Kristen’s family made a commitment to make things work. But they soon realized they needed help.

Into the Sunset: The Success of the California Well-Being (Title IV-E Waiver) Project

January 22, 2020

On October 30, 2019, the California Department of Social Services alongside Casey Family Programs and UC Davis Human Services’ Northern Academy hosted an End of Title IV-E Waiver Celebration for all wavier counties, which highlighted all the phenomenal work provided to the children and families served during the California Well-Being Project.

The Rewards of Being a Parent Partner

January 22, 2020
By Sarah Castro-Grubb, Parent Partner, Victor Community Support Services- Barstow Being a parent partner has many different meanings to so many people… A parent partner takes pride in the service they provide, advocates for others, serves as a voice of reason and a confidant for families, and, most often, they are survivors themselves.

The Neuroscience of Wraparound

January 22, 2020
The Neuroscience of Wraparound: Seeing Collaboration and Collective Intelligence through the Lens of Brain Science - A White Paper Written by Laurie A. Ellington

Hub Happenin’s

January 22, 2020

The Hubs have been active the past several months! Below we provide updates on the key focus areas of the Hub meetings and provide general updates. If you would like more detailed meeting minutes from a specific Hub meeting please email Nancy Hafer nshafer@ucdavis.edu, or the chairs of each Hub:

Director's Column: The Constant of Change

October 17, 2019

By Nancy Hafer, Program Director, Human Services

Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher, wisely said, “Change is the only constant in life.” And, as many of you are aware, change is something the Resource Center for Family-Focused practice has embraced in the last few months. We are proud to be celebrating our 20th anniversary this summer, and in honor of that, we renew our commitment to Wraparound and its 10 principles.  

Family Story: "You are Enough!"

October 16, 2019

Those words resonate strongly with Brenda.

She first heard them from her Wraparound parent partner on a day she felt like giving up. "It made an impact on me to hear that," Brenda said. She reminds herself of it often, especially when she feels overwhelmed.

"Wraparound saved my marriage," Brenda said. "It gave David and me the support and confidence we needed. I am so proud that we stuck with it through everything that’s happened!"

Evolving from Supervised Visits to Family Time Coaching

October 11, 2019

In the field of child welfare, we have typically used the term “visitation” to refer to time between children or youth placed in foster care and their parent or other caregiver from whom they were removed. While the goal of time between the child and parent is multifaceted, the primary goal is to support the child’s needs and promote a healthy, age-appropriate relationship between parent and child with support from a parent coach.

What is ASIST?

October 07, 2019
The Active Supportive Intervention Services for Transition (ASIST) program is a short-term intervention designed to provide targeted transition and specialized permanency support for youth in transition from group homes to a family-based setting.

Youth Partner Story: A Child’s Voice and Hope

October 06, 2019

May 2019 marks eight years of my career with Aspiranet Wraparound, and because I was recently promoted to Core Program Supervisor, my role has changed quite a bit. However, I would like to take the time to reflect on my years as a Youth Partner.  Being a Youth Partner has changed throughout all these years but what has remained constant is the voice and hope we give to all the youth in Wraparound.  As a Youth Partner, I was the voice for a child in need: A child who has experienced pain and trauma.

Hub Happenin’s

October 05, 2019

The Hubs have been active the past several months! Below we provide updates on the key focus areas of the Hub meetings and provide general updates. As those of you who attend the Hub can attest, the Hub is a wonderful place to connect with colleagues and share the ups and downs of Wraparound work.

While every participant shares agency updates, this newsletter will only share updates that have regional impact.

2019 Coaching Webinar Series

October 01, 2019

In between the 2018 and 2020 Coaching Conference, the Northern Academy presented a five-part coaching webinar series exploring several of the hottest trends in coaching.

Access the recorded webinars in their entirety by visiting our YouTube page.

Or link to individual webinar recordings here: