Office of Child Welfare Constituency Engagement

No one better understands the child welfare system than those directly involved or working within in it. Constituents should be involved at all levels of the system. Child welfare constituents – birth parents, kinship caregivers, foster parents, foster care alumni – as well as those who work in and around the system – child welfare practioners, clinicians, legal advocates – are positioned to provide the most insight into what works best, based on their personal experiences. The Office of Child Welfare Constituency Engagement conceptualizes, implements, and facilitates authentic, meaningful interactions between child welfare constituents and public and private child welfare agencies. The purpose of the office is to help ensure that those with the most significant experiences in child welfare have a mechanism by to participate in decision-making to advance system change.

Projects

Citizen Review Panels

Children’s Justice Act Task Force (CJA)