Focus group participants needed for CFSR interviews September 18-22, 2017

Colorado is undergoing a Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), a periodic federal review of the child welfare system conducted by the Children’s Bureau, the week of September 18-22, 2017. As part of that process, the Children’s Bureau would like to hear from individuals who have first-hand experience working and interacting with the county and state child welfare services. Stakeholders must have had involvement with the child welfare system sometime after October 1, 2016.

Interested in providing feedback on areas in which Colorado's child welfare system is doing well and areas for improvement?

CFSR Stakeholder Groups

The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare's priority is to connect with children, youth, families and professionals who can share your experience’s and inform our goals and plans to make our child welfare system as effective and efficient as it can be. The CFSR is taking place the week of September 18-22, 2017. Small focus groups will take place at the Colorado Department of Human Services in Denver, CO. Individuals may participate in person or over the telephone. The DEADLINE to sign up is September 14, 2017, but don't wait SPACE IS LIMITED. Each interview group is limited to 20 participants. Individuals may NOT participate in multiple focus groups, however, organizations may have representatives participate in multiple groups.

SIGN UP TODAY

If you are a member of any of the following stakeholder groups and have had involvement with the child welfare system sometime after October 1, 2016, we need your help. 

  • Youth involved in the child welfare system
  • Biological parents involved in the child welfare system
  • Foster and/or adoptive parents, relative kinship caregivers 
  • Ute Mountain Ute tribal representatives
  • The Southern Ute Indian tribal representatives
  • County Human Services Directors
  • County and State child welfare program administrators
  • County child welfare supervisors
  • County child welfare caseworkers
  • County staff conducting foster parent and adoption certification, recruitment and retention
  • Court Improvement Program stakeholders, judges and magistrates
  • The Colorado Office of the Child's Representative and guardians ad litem
  • County attorneys
  • The Colorado Office of Respondent Parents’ Counsel and respondent parents’ counsel
  • Representatives from CASA organizations and court appointed special advocates
  • Administrative Review Division staff related to child welfare services
  • State Division of Child Welfare Training Unit employees and contracted staff involved with the Child Welfare Training System.
  • Child placement agency staff conducting foster parent and adoption certification, recruitment and retention
  • Staff with state licensed child care facilities, including residential child care facilities
  • Representatives from agencies outside of child welfare services that coordinate services for children, youth and families involved in child welfare services, including, but not limited to, the following agencies:
    • Community mental health centers,
    • Behavioral health organizations,
    • CDHS Office of Behavioral Health,
    • Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, and
    • Service providers that work with children, youth and families involved in child welfare services
  • Representatives from agencies that coordinate services for children, youth and families of American Indian/Native American heritage

View a schedule of focus groups and sign up today!


About the CFSR and systemic factors

The CFSR is a periodic federal review of the child welfare system conducted by the Children’s Bureau, to achieve three goals:

  • ensure conformity with federal child welfare requirements;
  • determine what is actually happening to children and families as they are engaged in child welfare services; and
  • assist states in helping children and families achieve positive outcomes.

The purpose of the CFSR is to identify areas in Colorado’s child welfare system where the state is doing well and areas for improvement. The federal review of systemic factors ensures states have a well-developed child welfare system that consistently produces positive outcomes for children and families. The Children’s Bureau used the Colorado CFSR Statewide Assessment to determine performance on the seven statewide systemic factors. Stakeholder interviews occur in conjunction with the CFSR, and are conducted to obtain further information on the states performance regarding the systemic factors, and to determine if the state is in substantial conformity for each item. For any systemic factor rated as an “Area Needing Improvement,” the state must include that item in its federal Program Improvement Plan more commonly known as a "PIP". The CDHS Division of Child Welfare was recently notified which systemic factor items required stakeholder interviews. To learn more about the systemic factors click HERE


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Interested in providing feedback on areas in which Colorado's child welfare system is doing well and areas for improvement? Colorado is undergoing a Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), a periodic federal review of the child welfare system conducted by the Children’s Bureau, the week of September 18-22, 2017. As part of that process, the Children’s Bureau would like to hear from individuals who have first-hand experience working and interacting with the county and state child welfare services. Stakeholders must have had involvement with the child welfare system sometime after October 1, 2016. a focus group to hear from (INSERT STAKEHOLDER GROUP) is currently scheduled for (INSERT DATE AND TIME). Individuals can participate in person or by phone. If you are interested, visit www.co4kids.org/CFSR to learn more and sign up. DEADLINE to sign up is September 12, 2017, but don't wait SPACE IS LIMITED. Each interview group is limited to 20 participants.

Do you work with children, youth and families involved in the child welfare system? Colorado is undergoing a Federal Child and Family Services Review (CFSR), a periodic federal review of the child welfare system conducted by the Children’s Bureau, the week of September 18-22, 2017. As part of that process, the Children’s Bureau would like to hear from individuals who have first-hand experience working and interacting with the county and state child welfare services. Stakeholders must have had involvement with the child welfare system sometime after October 1, 2016. Visit www.co4kids.org/CFSR for a complete schedule of stakeholder interviews the week of September 18-22, 2017. Individuals can participate in person or by phone. If you are interested, visit www.co4kids.org/CFSR to learn more and sign up. DEADLINE to sign up is September 12, 2017, but don't wait SPACE IS LIMITED. Each interview group is limited to 20 participants.


Questions?

Stephanie M. Johnson, M.S.W.
Annual Progress & Services Report Specialist

Research, Analysis, & Data Unit

P 303.866.4977 |  stephaniem.johnson@state.co.us 

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