Thursday, March 12, 2015

States’ Child Protective AGENCY’s FAIL in Many Performance TESTS

If your child Failed in school, wouldn’t you be concerned?
Below are two major tests, one might say, the Child Protective AGENCY takes.. And, heck not even every year. There are 2 major Groups, with 7 items in each. The two Major Groups are:

  • Outcomes;
  • Systemic Factors

See the charts below for the specifics with outcomes, randomly picked, CA, IA, FL, across
the nation. For your state, and more detail, go to this link>>> http://nfpcar.org/Children_Advocacy_Institute/index.html
It should be noted that the Child Protective AGENCY was given two main tasks, some 40 years now, to even exist:

  • Protect Children;
  • Strengthen Families

There has NEVER been a Priority of either.
If the AGENCY is failing these Tests, then, one should be asking:
How can they do their job properly?
CFSR Results Summary: In its Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) process, HHS determines whether each state is in substantial conformity with:

  • 7 specific outcomes (pertaining to the areas of safety, permanency and family and child well-being) and;
  • 7 systemic factors (relating to the quality of services delivered to children and families and the outcomes they experience).


CFSR — Outcomes Examined
Safety
1.    Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
2.    Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and appropriate.
Permanency
3.    Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
4.    The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for families.
Family and Child
Well-Being
5.    Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.
6.    Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
7.    Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.

States’ Report Card
Year
California
Iowa
Florida
2001
FAIL: 6 of 7
2003
FAIL: 7 of 7
FAIL: 5 of 7
2008
FAIL: 7 of 7
2009
FAIL: 7 of 7
2011
FAIL: 7 of 7
The reviews also examine seven systemic factors that affect the quality of services delivered to children and families and the outcomes they experience. The systemic factors relate to the following areas:
CFSR — Systemic Factors Examined
1.    Statewide Information System e.g., can the state system identify the status, demographic characteristics, location and goals of children in foster care
2.    Service Array e.g., what is the availability and accessibility of services, and can services be individualized to meet unique needs
3.    Case Review System e.g., is there a process for developing a case plan and for joint case planning with parents, and for subsequent case reviews and hearings; is there a process for notifying caregivers of reviews and hearings and for opportunity for them to be heard
4 Staff Training e.g., are initial and ongoing staff training provided
5.    Quality Assurance System e.g., are there standards to ensure quality services and children’s safety and health
6.    Agency Responsiveness to the Community e.g., does the agency engage in ongoing consultation with critical stakeholders in developing the Children and Family Services Plan
7.    Foster & Adoptive Parent Licensing, Recruitment, & Retention e.g., are there standards for foster family and child care institutions and are they applied equally to all foster family and child care institutions
States’ Report Card
Year
California
Iowa
Florida
2001
FAIL: 2 of 7
2003
FAIL: 5 of 7
FAIL: 4 of 7
2008
FAIL: 4 of 7
2009
FAIL: 3 of 7
2011
FAIL: 2 of 7

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