Continuum of Care Reform and Resource Family Approval: An Overview for Child Welfare Leaders

This two-day collaborative will provide child welfare leaders and their county teams with a foundational understanding of Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) as the umbrella for reform related to foster care, placement opportunities and resources. A specific focus will be placed on the Resource Family Approval (RFA) process, which, when fully implemented by 2017, will completely change all placement options and processes for children and families (regarding licensing, training and support).

Participants who attend this training will be able to:

  • Understand the recommendations regarding CCR and the roles of CDSS and the counties in the implementation
  • Explore collaboration opportunities across counties for planning and implementation
  • Learn the details of the RFA process requirements and begin planning for implementation with stakeholders
  • Develop a plan for relative placements, tribal customary homes, and training for all placement providers, adoptions, licensing and other staff.

Child welfare leaders are encouraged to bring their county teams, which may include child welfare and probation leadership, foster family agencies, tribal partners, group home providers, foster parent associations, relative caregiver program providers, licensing staff, community colleges, state and community adoption partners, and state licensing professionals.

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