Child Welfare Resource Links
California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) supervises the administration of programs that are federally funded, state-directed and locally operated. The mission of the CDSS is to serve, aid, and protect needy and vulnerable children and adults in ways that strengthen and preserve families, encourage personal responsibility, and foster independence.
California Regional Training Academies
The Regional Training Academy Coordination Project is a statewide collaborative for in-service training and continuing professional education of public child welfare staff. Six coordinating partners- the four regional training academies, the Inter-University Consortium/Los Angeles Count Training Division, and the Resource Center for Family-Focused Practice provide a continuum of training and professional education to county staff across the state.
California Victims Compensation Program (CalVCP)
The California Victim Compensation Program (CalVCP) may provide needed compensation to help cover treatment and other support services for victims and their families. With the victim in mind, this website aims to provide access to valuable information and resources to ensure victims are supported through this critical time.
Child Welfare Information Gateway
The National Child Abuse and Neglect Information Clearinghouse and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse have been consolidated and expanded to create Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children's Bureau/ACF/HHS. Child Welfare Information Gateway provides easy access to print and electronic publications, websites, and online databases covering a wide range of child welfare topics, including child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care, domestic and international adoption, and search and reunion. All of this and more of what child welfare professionals need to protect children and strengthen families can be found at:
The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA)
The County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA) is a non profit association representing the human service directors from each of California's 58 counties. The Association's mission is to promote a human services system that encourages self-sufficiency of families and communities, and protects vulnerable children and adults from abuse and neglect.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Select centers specializing in the treatment and research of victims of child abuse from across the United States have joined together to form the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). This network consists of 70 member centers, 45 that currently receive funding from the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and 25 that previously received funding. The funding for this network became available through a congressional initiative; the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative.
National Family Preservation Network
The mission of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families through Intensive Family Preservation and Reunification Services (IFPS & IFRS). NFPN provides the vision, leadership, training, tools, and resources to assist policy makers and practitioners to build on a family's strengths and to preserve family bonds so children can be protected and nurtured at home.
Evidence-Based Practices Information Links
The Campbell Collaboration is an international organization that aims to prepare, maintain, and disseminate high-quality systematic reviews of studies of effectiveness of social and educational policies and practices.
Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence - Colorado Blue Prints Project
The Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV), a research program of the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS) at the University of Colorado at Boulder, was founded in 1992 to provide informed assistance to groups committed to understanding and preventing violence, particularly adolescent violence. Since that time, their mission has expanded to encompass violence across the life course.
Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy
A nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, the Coalition seeks to increase government effectiveness through the use of rigorous evidence about what works. In the field of medicine, public policies based on scientifically-rigorous evidence have produced extraordinary advances in health over the past 50 years. By contrast, in most areas of social policy – such as education, poverty reduction, and crime prevention – government programs often are implemented with little regard to evidence, costing billions of dollars yet failing to address critical social problems. However, rigorous studies have identified a few highly-effective program models and strategies (“interventions”), suggesting that a concerted government effort to build the number of these proven interventions, and spur their widespread use, could bring rapid progress to social policy similar to that which transformed medicine.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care.
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP) is a service of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). NREPP is a searchable database of interventions for the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. SAMHSA has developed this resource to help people, agencies, and organizations implement programs and practices in their communities.
OJJDP Model Programs Guide
The Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (CMPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities.
This tutorial on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website will help professionals use evidence-based decision making as they think about ways to prevent violence in their community. Although it is oriented towards violence prevention, the tutorial contains an introduction to evidence-based decision making that can be used within any service field.
Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC)
CASRC is a collaborative undertaking of Rady Children's Hospital and Health Center in San Diego, universities in San Diego and public services sectors in San Diego County. CASRC focuses on mental health care issues for vulnerable children including children in public services sectors. In addition, CASRC specializes in longitudinal studies of children at risk for development of mental disorders and other problems in psychosocial functioning, and the effectiveness of early preventive interventions.
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization providing social science research to those who serve children and youth. To advance its mission, Child Trends collects and analyzes data; conducts, synthesizes, and disseminates research; designs and evaluates programs; and develops and tests promising approaches to research in the field.
Child Welfare Dynamic Report System
This report system is a California Department of Social Services / University of California at Berkeley collaboration. This page contains links to County-Specific Outcome Spreadsheets by County or aggregate for the state of California. These Microsoft Excel spreadsheets contain the data that are included in the California Child Welfare Outcomes and Accountability System quarterly reports.
National Implementation Research Network (NIRN)
The mission of the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is to close the gap between science and service by improving the science and practice of implementation in relation to evidence-based programs and practices. The NIRN consists of a network of professionals, consumers, researchers, and policy makers who advance the science of implementation across domains (e.g. mental health, substance abuse, education, juvenile justice), inform the transformation of human services, and ensure that the voices and experiences of diverse communities and consumers influence and guide implementation efforts.