The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) provides leadership in targeted efforts to improve the lives of children and families served within the child welfare system. As part of their improvement strategies, CDSS selected the Chadwick Center for Children and Families - Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego to create the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). The CEBC is a critical tool for identifying, selecting, and implementing evidence-based child welfare practices that will improve child safety, increase permanency, increase family and community stability, and promote child and family well-being.
The Program Registry
The CEBC helps to identify and disseminate information regarding evidence-based practices relevant to child welfare. Evidence-based practices are those that have empirical research supporting their efficacy. The CEBC Program Registry provides information on both evidence-based and non-evidence-based child welfare related practices to statewide agencies, counties, public and private organizations, and individuals. This information is provided in simple straightforward formats reducing the user's need to conduct literature searches, review extensive literature, or understand and critique research methodology. The Not able to be Rated programs are included in an effort to provide the user with the most accurate information possible on child welfare practices that are in common use.
The Selecting and Implementing Programs Section of the Website
The CEBC aims to assist systems and agencies in making critical decisions around the selection and implementation of evidence-based practices. Information about the process of selecting and implementing practices, as well as concrete resources and tools, are housed in this part of the website.