The Team Decision Making (TDM) model is an evidence-supported approach to quickly bringing together the important people in a child's life when a safety threat suggests a child may need to be separated from parents. The TDM model has proven, tangible benefits for children when implemented.
During physical distancing, more parent and child contact is taking place via videoconferencing technology. In many jurisdictions, virtual meetings are playing a crucial role to assess parents’ and children’s readiness for potential reunification. Video visits present new challenges and new opportunities. Families may be experiencing new stressors related to the coronavirus pandemic and visits over video.
Evident Change and Third Sector are partnering to help child welfare agencies maximize federal revenue by meeting the requirements of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Along with qualifying for funding, working to meet these stringent requirements offers agencies the opportunity to better align needs and services and to improve the outcomes for those they serve. This new resource outlines how Evident Change and Third Sector can help agencies to develop plans that create robust data infrastructure, responsive contracts, and intensive community engagement.
Working out Logistics in an Integrated Care Model Between APS and Capacity Evaluation Provider
An innovation project was funded to support enhanced partnership between APS and the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS). The partnership increased the rate of capacity evaluations for the community, and an evaluation of the project generated insights into the challenges of such partnerships. The purpose of this presentation is to share information about the findings related to factors that make this partnership work. Attendees can expect to learn key barriers to partnership even when a provider and funding are available, practical strategies to support successful partnership, and factors to consider when designing a partnership.
(Materials: slide presentation)
Sara Honn Qualls, PhD, ABPP
Kraemer Family Professor of Aging Studies and Professor of Psychology
Director, Gerontology Center, UCCS
The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on the juvenile and adult justice systems. Many prisons, jails, and detention facilities are taking steps to alleviate the spread of the virus by releasing individuals early. Consequently, community corrections agencies are bracing for the inevitable increase in their populations and the new challenges it will bring.
To support adult protective services (APS) agencies and workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, NCCD offers the following resources and best practices. These resources are not intended to replace local or agency policy, practice, or guidance.
Though in-person participation in family team meetings is preferred, current circumstances may necessitate remote meetings. This guidance can help child welfare agencies and family team meeting facilitators adhere to local recommendations while still using best practices for family team meetings. It is not intended to replace local policy, protocols, or guidance.
The supervision and support of social workers is more important than ever, as many agencies are forced to change expectations during the current crisis. This resource offers best practices to supervisors when physical distancing—between both supervisees and clients—is a reality.
As much of the world goes online to conduct business during the COVID-19 pandemic, visits in the fields of child welfare and corrections are happening virtually rather than in person. NCCD has tips for making video visits work for children at different developmental stages.
NCCD has a number of resources for those who work in corrections and for other justice-oriented agencies. Find them here, and watch for regular updates.
The NCCD Children’s Research Center offers a number of tips for conducting safety assessment and planning during the current health care crisis.
The February issue of NCCD News describes how NCCD can help agencies qualify for Family First funding; reports on a new study that looks at gender disparities in the juvenile justice system; highlights a new blog post by Sarah Koenig, Serial podcast creator and Media for a Just Society Awards winner; and new resources on transforming the youth justice system from NCCD and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.