Redesign Planning Council

Child Welfare Services Redesign Planning Council

Child Welfare Services (CWS) Redesign refers to efforts statewide and locally to improve the quality of CWS service systems and delivery. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and stakeholders recently completed over two years of research, workshops and planning to develop a CWS Redesign conceptual framework to improve and guide services well into the 21st century.

The Social Services Agency (SSA) has begun implementing specific CWS Redesign strategies to achieve better outcomes for children. There is a renewed emphasis on collaboration, prevention, diversion, earlier intervention, alternate response, improved permanency options and increased accountability for CWS systems. Stakeholder and community involvement in CWS Redesign is essential for support and success.

The Orange County Children's Partnership consists of public and private agencies responsible for identifying gaps and barriers in the service system and recommending collaborative programs to better serve at-risk children and their families. The Planning Council works to bring together existing and new stakeholders to facilitate CWS Redesign implementation and serve in an advisory capacity to the Orange County Children's Partnership. 

The purpose of the Redesign Planning Council includes:

  • Expanding outreach, communication with and inclusion of community leaders in the development of strategies focused on child abuse prevention and intervention efforts.
  • Advise on all aspects of CWS Redesign implementation.
  • Advise on Family-to-Family Initiative and Resource Development

Adapted from Annie E. Casey Foundation's Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care.