The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM)


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.

What is the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model?

The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (PDF file) is a statewide effort to develop and implement a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The CPM is intended to guide practice, service delivery, and decision-making.

The CPM features:

  • A theoretical framework that helps child welfare workers and leaders better understand those they serve and engage.
  • Values that guide the implementation of casework components that promote collaborative interactions with clients and practice elements that can be operationalized by social workers in their practice
  • Practice Behaviors practice behaviors (DOCX file) and Leadership Behaviors leadership behaviors (PDF file) that are key to creating an environment that is conducive for the implementation of the Core Practice Model in all 58 California county child welfare agencies.

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Who Are The CPM Partners?

CFPIC has played a pivotal role in convening California’s Child Welfare Directors, key training partners and national experts in the conceptualization and design of the Core Practice Model and in the development of a robust set of implementation tools that have enabled its installation and implementation across the state. These CPM partners include:

Funding sponsor of the Directors Institute and related activities.

Provides partnership and collaboration with Regional Training Academies (RTA's) to ensure CPM training and curriculum

Regional Training Academies

Partners and sponsors providing ongoing support of CPM implementation support to the counties.

Supports the CPM through inclusion in their federal performance improvement plans.

CPM Advisory Committee

Child welfare directors provide ongoing guidance regarding the development and implementation of CPM.

CPM Faculty

Composed of current and former child welfare directors, consultants, and experts in CPM development and implementation, county staff experienced in practice model development, and RTA and CalSWEC staff.

Key Experts/Consultants:

Anita P. Barbee, Ph.D., MSSW

Professor and Distinguished University Scholar
Kent School of Social Work
University of Louisville

Leslie Ann Hay

Principal and Founder, Hay Consulting

Renée I. Boothroyd, PhD, MA, MPH

Advanced Implementation Specialist
Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Robin Jenkins

Senior Implementation Specialist & Associate Director
The Impact Center at FPG Child Development Institute
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill