Safety. Permanency. Well-Being.
Child welfare is a complex system in which methods vary widely by state and county. We all work to promote the three country wide goals for child safety:
- Safety: All children have the right to live in a home free from abuse and neglect.
- Permanency: Children need a family and a permanent place to call home.
- Well-Being: Children deserve caring homes in which their physical, mental, educational, and social needs are met.
The DFCS tracks child welfare services through several means, like formal case review.
We track to help create good practice in child welfare, reach good outcomes for children and families, and explore the lives of children and families engaged in child welfare services.
Tracking helps support accountability, develops, and adds to continuous quality improvement (CQI) in practice. We steadily gather data to be able to support the success on these outcomes; find and address the gap between current and desired conduct; and make possible a process for improving conduct.
Currently, DFCS has chosen to give added focus on two federal measures. These measures fall within the country wide goals of safety and permanency.