National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare
The CWLA National Blueprint articulates the ultimate goal for all children, youth, and families, and acknowledges that it will take the combined knowledge, skills, and resources of all systems, services, communities, and individuals to ensure that all children will grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities, with everything they need to flourish-and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race and language.
The CWLA National Blueprint is the foundation for our Standards of Excellence and a framework for all children, youth and families to flourish.
Although the formal child welfare system has a specific role to play as it relates to children who have been or are at risk of abuse and neglect, responsibility for the well-being of children and youth extends well beyond traditional child welfare organizations and services. While achieving the well-being of children and youth begins with their families, everyone-families, communities, providers, and organizations-has a responsibility for ensuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of all children and youth. This is essential for achieving excellence in child welfare.
The National Blueprint's organization is a departure from existing CWLA Standards of Excellence, which are clustered around traditional services areas. The CWLA National Blueprint includes a vision and values, eight core principles and standards, which are built upon the vision, values and principles.
The CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare was made possible with the generous funding support of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. Special thanks goes to our Program Officer, Sally Douglass for her foresight and willingness to support CWLA's effort to continue our commitment to excellence in child welfare. It has allowed us to create this foundation for our Standards of Excellence and the framework for all children, youth, and families to flourish for generations to come.
WHAT IS THE CWLA NATIONAL BLUEPRINT?
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF THE CWLA NATIONAL BLUEPRINT?
- The CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare serves as the foundation and framework for achieving the vision that all children will grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities, with everything they need to flourish--and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race, and language. This vision for the future of child welfare requires that all children, whether they receive child welfare services or are at risk for child abuse or neglect, will grow up safely in loving families and supportive communities.
WHO IS INVOLVED?
- The primary goal is to be a catalyst for change: to broaden the thinking of communities, individuals, and groups, including public and private organizations within and outside of the child welfare system, and to help them understand how their roles and responsibilities fit into the overall strategy to improve outcomes for children and youth. Simultaneously, the Blueprint serves as the basis for updating and creating CWLA program-specific Standards of Excellence, which play a unique and pivotal role in moving child welfare practice forward.
WHAT IS THE GUIDING APPROACH?
- CWLA encourages everyone to aspire to achieving the standards detailed in the CWLA National Blueprint. Families, individuals, communities, providers, and other organizations can create the greatest opportunities for all children and youth to succeed and flourish. It is only by achieving a vision for all children and youth that the most vulnerable among them can flourish.
WHAT WILL IT TAKE?
- The CWLA National Blueprint focuses on maximizing the strengths and resilience of children, youth, and their families within the context of their communities. With youth and families as true partners in policymaking, planning, and funding decisions, communities and organizations can ensure greater success.
HOW WILL IT BE IMPLEMENTED?
- To facilitate community leadership and decisionmaking, current child welfare, education, social services, and health care systems will be required to transform their thinking and retool their mechanisms for allocating funds. Reform is required at the federal, tribal, state, and local levels, as is greater participation and investment from the private foundation and corporate sectors.
HOW WILL CWLA HELP?
- Implementation will be neither straightforward nor swift. As each community, organization, family, and individual is unique, the obstacles will only be identified as they work together to achieve the goal of the CWLA National Blueprint. It will take the combined knowledge, skills, and resources of all systems, services, communities, and individuals to ensure that the vision is achieved.
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- CWLA plans to disseminate tools that will help identify strategies for implementation. We encourage your interest, support and investment as we strive together to ensure that all children and youth have the best opportunities for safe, healthy, nurturing environments for learning, growing, and becoming productive, healthy, fulfilled adults.
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