In 2012, CFPIC was asked by the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) to engage California’s public child welfare community in an effort to develop a California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM) as a framework to support our state’s child welfare social workers and leaders in sustaining and improving practice in all California counties. From the beginning, the goal of this work has been to create a practice model that guides service delivery and decision-making at all levels in Child Welfare.

The CPM builds on the great work by integrating key elements of existing initiatives and proven practices such as the California Partners for Permanency (CAPP), Pathways to Permanency (the Katie A. Core Practice Model), and Safety Organized Practice (SOP). The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model amplifies the work that had taken place in California over the previous decade-and-a-half to improve outcomes for children and families in all counties across the state.

California Child Welfare Core Practice Model: Then & Now

Click below to learn more about California’s journey to develop and implement the Child Welfare Core Practice Model over the last ten years.

About The CPM​

Here you will find a description of the history, role and function of the Core Practice Model, along with a list of the organizational partners and sponsors that make CPM implementation possible.


CPM Director’s Institute

Learn how the Directors Institute is providing opportunities, resources and support to our cohort of effective leaders in order to support and sustain CPM implementation. Here you will also find our periodic newsletter along with links and resources from our Shared Learning Events.


CPM Implementation Planning

Here you will find guidance, tools and templates for county CPM implementation planning.


CPM Implementation Toolbox

Our CPM Implementation Toolbox contains implementation resources and tools for use by California Child Welfare Directors and their implementation teams to help install and advance CPM in their locations.


CPM Reference Materials

This section contains links to background documents and presentations that helped to inform and establish the California Core Practice Model.



Are you confused about the relationship between the Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM) and the Integrated Core Practice Model (ICPM)?  Are they the same?  Are they related?  How do they relate to one another and other approaches that are called Practice Models or Core Practice Models?  Here are some top-line messages that might help:

The Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM) is not different from, but is embedded in, the ICPM.

  • For California Child Welfare agencies, implementing the ICPM means installing and implementing the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model, that outlines behaviors throughout the time a family is involved in the system, ensuring its emphasis on engagement, relationship, and partnership behaviors in coordination with partner systems that are being asked to adopt the values, principles, and practice behaviors in the Integrated Core Practice Model.
  • There is a challenge to each child-and-family-serving profession to describe, install and implement a Practice Model approach—specific to their profession, to be combined within an Integrated Core Practice Model that defines how these professions should work together for the benefit of children, youth and families.
  • For CDSS, in its relationship with other agencies, implementation of the ICPM means supporting the implementation of the CPM in California Child Welfare agencies and promoting a parallel approach in the other child-and-family-serving professions, including Probation and Behavioral Health.

For a more in-depth discussion of the relationship between CPM and ICPM and the evolution of each, please review the attached document, “Whose Practice Model Is It?”