The Child Welfare System Accountability Act of 2001 (AB636) mandates that the California State Department of Social Services and California’s public child welfare agencies conduct outcomes-based reviews that are consistent with the federal Child and Families Services Reviews. This is the framework for California to implement its Program Improvement Plan (PIP). For the accomplishment of the PIP goals, every California public child welfare agency must meet State outcome standards. Within the PIP framework there are three elements of accountability for meeting the set standards: Self Assessment; Targeted Peer Quality Case Reviews; and, for those measured outcomes that do not meet State standards, a System Improvement Plan.
- Self Assessment Report – February 2012 - In its Self-Assessment (SA) report, the Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services addresses the outcomes measures, system characteristics, local needs, and analysis of the Department’s performance. Strengths and areas needing improvement are identified in the report, and baselines are established against which change can be measured.
- Peer Quality Case Review – 2011
The Peer Quality Case Review (PQCR) 2011 report summarizes a joint effort by the Department of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and the Juvenile Probation Department (JPD) to better understand factors surrounding specific issues of concern. DFCS chose to focus on issues related to youth in out-of-home care eighteen months or longer. JPD chose family reunification as its focus topic. Peers from three other California counties were instrumental in the investigative case reviews, staff interviews, and focus groups with stakeholders that were the underlying strategies for discovery. The PQCR report summarizes the findings that reveal the supports and barriers related to the focus topics of the respective county departments and makes recommendations for improvement.
- California Child and Family Services Review System Improvement Plan
The Santa Clara County Department of Family and Children’s Services’ System Improvement Plan (SIP) report proposes improvement performance and system functioning goals in targeted areas, based on findings from the Self-Assessment and Peer Review reports. The SIP lays out plans for accomplishing change, implementation steps, and measures to track the affect of the focused strategies.