Continuum of Care Reform


Continuum of Care Reform

The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) seeks to realize California’s longstanding goal of ensuring that all children live as members of committed, nurturing, and permanent families. Assembly Bill (AB) 403 (Chapter 773, Statutes of 2015) provides the statutory and policy framework to ensure services and supports provided to the child or youth and his or her family are tailored toward the ultimate goal of returning the child home whenever possible or to a permanent family through adoption or guardianship.

County child welfare agencies are diligently working to implement CCR, including recruiting caregivers, revising and improving approval processes and closely working with an array of partners to find nurturing homes and care for children and youth. 

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California Youth Connection Releases CCR Tool Kit

California Youth Connection’s Policy Team is excited to announce the release of their CCR Tool Kit that they are sharing with partners!

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Step Up Coaliton Resource Family Approval Toolkit

The Alliance for Children’s Rights, the Step Up Coalition, and a wide range of state and local partners has released a Resource Family Approval Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to help walk caregivers through the newly implemented Resource Family Approval process.


Moving Foster Care to a Child-Based and Family-Centered Focus
Op-ed by Elliott Smart, Plumas County Department of Social Services Director

For many years child welfare professionals have known the best place for children who are removed from homes because of abuse or neglect is a safe and stable home setting.  We’ve known that placing these children in settings that are the most family-centered is where they are most likely to experience successful outcomes.   

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Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention, and Support (FPRRS) Funding Opportunity Menu Of Strategies

As a part of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) efforts, counties are working to strengthen foster parent, resource family and relative caregiver retention, recruitment, training requirements and strategies. This work comes not only out of efforts counties have already been doing but also from recommendations in a detailed CCR Legislative Report that was developed and provided to the California Legislature in January 2015. The following document is Foster Parent Recruitment, Retention, and Support (FPRRS) Funding Opportunity Menu of Strategies.

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CCR Implementation: Roll Out for County Child Welfare Services

The elements defined in the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) are interdependent and require changes in existing regulations, policy and practice by the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Health Care Services. This reform necessitates county welfare departments, county mental health plans, and service providers build the necessary infrastructure to reform existing policy, hire and train staff to implement new requirements and build the new program models. These providers include: Foster Family Agencies (FFAs), Group Homes, Medi-Cal Managed Care Plans (MCPs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Fee For Service (FFS) providers.

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Resource Family Approval – QPI California Training Video

This webcast Resource Family Approval: Beyond 101 was recorded April 19, 2016 and includes information from several partner organizations.

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The Road Map to Reform Tool Kit

CalSWEC with collaboration of many partners has released a “Road Map to Reform” Toolkit on Continuum of Care Reform. This toolkit contains the following:

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Continuum of Care Reform

This webpage by the California Department of Social Services provides information and updates related to the California Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) work to reduce the use of congregate care and increase services and supports to foster children, youth and families through home-based settings.  Visit the CCR webpage.


CWDA and CBHDA Leadership Convening Presentations

On July 13, 2016, members from CWDA, County Behavioral Health Directors Association (CBHDA) and probation leaders came together for a leadership convening to share information about the child welfare and behavioral health systems and to discuss strategies for strengthening implementation of the Continuum of Care Reform (CCR).


Webinar Series on Recruitment, Retention, and Support

A key facet of CCR is developing best practices for recruiting and supporting resource families. CWDA partnered with CalSWEC to host a webinar series providing tools to counties for Recruitment, Retention, and Support of resource families. The following is a link to the webinar series on the CalSWEC website.


In-Home Behavioral Supports in Foster Care
Part of Webinar Series on Resource Family Recruitment/Retention/Support Series

CWDA, San Luis Obispo County Social Services Department, and the Family Care Network, Inc. hosted a webinar on January 28 to share information on increasing capacity and support to resource families in California and improve outcomes for children and youth in our child welfare system.


Humboldt County Wants YOU to Foster Parent
Powerful New Video Shows Need for Loving Homes and Why Foster Parents Make Commitment to Children

The Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services is looking for loving families looking to make a difference in the lives of children and has recently released a video showing the need for caring homes, as well as why many foster parents have made the commitment to welcome children into their lives.