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California Disproportionality Project. Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director, CFPIC Lisa Molinar, Director, Consulting You. Background of the Development of the California Project. Concern regarding disporportionate representation of children of color in the CWS system for many years

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california disproportionality project
California Disproportionality Project
  • Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director, CFPIC
  • Lisa Molinar,


Consulting You

background of the development of the california project
Background of the Development of the California Project
  • Concern regarding disporportionate representation of children of color in the CWS system for many years
  • Became a policy directive for California in the Stakeholders Process
    • Articulated as Fairness and Equity in 2002 Report
  • CalSWEC, Northern Academy sponsored 2003 Training Symposium
leadership symposia
Leadership Symposia
  • CFPIC founded in 2004 with funding from Casey Family Programs
    • Encouraged development of leadership in addressing issue of disproportionality
  • Partnered with CalSWEC and CWDA Children’s Committee to develop Leadership Symposia
  • Symposia held 2004, 2005
purpose of leadership symposia
Purpose of Leadership Symposia
  • Understanding that change must occur at several levels at once
  • That the work of the Training Symposia must be supported by work at the Agency Organizational Level
  • Leadership Symposia offered models of organizational change to address disproportionality
  • Despite some successful models it was clear that more needed to be done
genesis of the california project
Genesis of the California Project
  • Casey Family Program (CFP), Annie E. Casey (AECF), CalSWEC, CDSS, and CFPIC met to discuss how to move this work forward
  • Discussed a Breakthrough Series Collaborative Model that would allow for testing solutions
    • National Breakthrough Series was underway at the time
  • CFP and AECF brought proposal to Casey Alliance for Racial Equity
  • CFP and AECF agreed to fund a California effort
  • Counties polled to gauge interest in such a project
initiation of the california project
Initiation of the California Project
  • CFP and AECF secured funding and hired consultants with strong background
    • Lisa Molinar and Jen Agosti
  • Began work in early 2007
  • Interviews and Meetings with California experts
  • Design phase projected completion summer 2007
  • California Disproportionality Project to launch later this year
ca disproportionality project goals
CA Disproportionality Project Goals
  • to develop and support an active learning

collaborative environment,

  • to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in child welfare.
who will be at the table
Who will be at the table?
  • 14 county-level “teams” led by child welfare directors. Teams to include formal system partners, community partners, consumers and Youth.
  • System’s Integration Team Workgroup to eliminate Disparities will participate as a state-level “team”
what will be the key elements
What will be the key elements?
  • Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) methodology will be used, but this will not be a formal BSC.
      • Framework, collaborative learning environment and structure
      • Incorporation of small tests of change where appropriate
      • Measuring changes
ca disproportionality project outcome
CA Disproportionality Project Outcome
  • Changes in practice
  • Changes in policy
  • Changes in outcomes
draft framework
Draft Framework
  • The following Draft Framework is a result of research, discussions and planning meetings held to begin the process of identifying what framework makes the most sense for this project.
  • With Disproportionality we know that there is no master plan or prescription, but we want to build on successes.
foundational elements
Foundational Elements
  • Shared values and the development of common language
  • Trainings and conversations
  • Data
  • Engagement of families
  • Engagement of communities
  • Clear communication internally and externally.
  • Infusion of community values in agency practices and polices
  • Inclusion of the community
  • Availability and provision of culturally appropriate services
  • Capacity building
  • Staffing
  • Supervision
  • Policy reviews and revisions
  • Inclusion of cross-system partners
  • Financial allocations that support the above
  • Engagement of families at every discussion
  • Strength-focused practice
  • Look at critical decision points.
role of rtas and training
Role of RTAs and training
  • Support participating counties in the work that they will do during the project
  • May be asked to join county teams
  • Will have opportunity to develop curriculum and other training supports as the work of the Project progresses
  • Will provide input to the strategies that counties test during the Project