The Seven Systemic Factors Measured by the Review
Each state must have a well-developed child welfare program to produce consistently good outcomes for children and families. One of the goals of the review is to identify areas in each state's system that can be improved.
The seven systemic factors evaluated by the review are:
- Agency Responsiveness to the Community: The ability to work with other public and private community partners to develop and coordinate case planning for children receiving services through the child welfare system.
- Statewide Information System: A good computer system that can identify the status, demographic characteristics, location and goals for placement of every child in foster care.
- Foster and Adoptive Licensing, Recruitment and Retention: The state establishes and maintains standards for foster and adoptive homes, and uses criminal background checks and other means to ensure the safety of children in out-of-home placements.
- Case Review System: Every case has a written case plan developed with the family. Regularly scheduled permanency hearings must be held for each child in foster care, and caregivers must be notified of hearings, and given an opportunity to participate.
- Quality Assurance System: To develop and implement standards to ensure that children receiving care are provided quality services.
- Service Array and Resource Development: To provide an extensive array of services to help families remain together, or to help children who are going to be adopted. The services meet the physical, mental health and educational needs of the children.
- Staff and Provider Training: The state provides initial and continuing training for both child welfare staff and foster and adoptive parents.