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Title: Improving Child/Youth Placement Outcomes: Foster Care Redesign

Improving Child/Youth Placement Outcomes
Foster Care Redesign
Challenges Facing the Texas Child Welfare
  • Imbalance in geographic distribution of services
    and providers
  • Insufficient number of residential providers that
    offer a full continuum of services

Current Equation
  • (Childs Needs) (Lack of Community Resources)
  • Placement outside of home community
  • Increased number of changes in placement
  • Separation from sibling(s) and family
  • Lack of educational continuity
  • Fractured social support system

Goal of Redesign
"The goal of the (foster care) redesign is to
improve outcomes for children and families by
creating sustainable placement resources in
communities that will meet the service needs of
children and youth in foster care, using the
least restrictive placement settings."
Redesigning the Equation
  • (Childs Needs) (Adequate Community Resources)
  • Placement in home community
  • Decreased number of changes in placement
  • Placement with sibling(s) in close proximity to
  • Educational continuity
  • Strong social support system

Project Objectives
  • Determine where and what kind of services are
  • Determine how to contract for quality services,
    including recommended outcomes, performance
    measures and procurement processes
  • Determine how to pay for those services (fiscal
    system/payment methodologies that align
    incentives with process and quality objectives)

Quality Indicators
  • Children are placed in their home communities
  • Children are appropriately served in the least
    restrictive environment that supports minimal
    moves for the child
  • Connections to family and others important to the
    child are maintained
  • Children are placed with siblings
  • Services respect the childs culture

Primary Stakeholders
  • Children and families
  • Providers
  • DFPS field staff
  • Foster care network/association
  • Judiciary
  • Child and family advocates

Public Private Partnership (PPP)
  • Representative of Key Stakeholder Groups
  • Foster youth alumni
  • Providers
  • Child and family advocates
  • Judiciary
  • DFPS Advisory Council
  • DFPS executive leadership
  • Role in the Redesign Effort
  • Provide guidance to the initiative
  • Serve as conduit of communication between
    constituents and peers
  • Propose recommendations to DFPS Commissioner

Additional Stakeholders Vital to the Effort
  • HHSC, Medicaid, and other enterprise agencies
  • Texas child welfare boards
  • State and federal child welfare partners
  • Many other parties impacted by implementation of
    the project

Project Parameters
  • Case management will remain the role of DFPS,
    however, model can include expanding role of the
    private sectors work with families.
  • System design will neither preclude nor require
    additional funding.

Technical and Planning Expertise
  • DFPS has contracted with two entities who are
    working collaboratively to develop the redesign
  • PDF Group, LLC
  • Engaging stakeholders
  • Managing, planning and developing the proposal,
    including recommendations of a systemic,
    effective approach to remodeling the current
    foster care system
  • Chapin Hall, University of Chicago
  • Working with American Humane
  • Facilitating and coordinating fact-finding
  • Obtaining stakeholder input and support
  • Analyzing data and conducting simulation modeling

Decision-Making Approach
  • Analyze/consider data
  • Identify and define problems
  • Generate options and assess feasibility of
  • Develop models that test hypotheses and their
    corresponding policy, programmatic, practice and
    fiscal manifestations
  • Engage stakeholders in reviewing/refining the
  • Final recommendations and a plan for implementing
    new foster care system due by December 31, 2010

  • Information is open and available to all
  • Use of existing communication tools
  • All input is welcome and valued