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Responsibilities include:

  • Implementation of new programmatic areas and integrating existing program areas.
  • Manage statewide projects, including models, initiatives, programs, and systems efforts, as assigned through the process of Initiation, Planning, Implementation, Evaluation, and Closing of the project.
  • Administer and coordinate efforts regarding parent and youth engagement including: Independent Living (IL), the IL youth retreat, the Parent Advisory Committee and the Youth Advisory Board.
  • Maintain and support ongoing partnerships with the Department of Public Welfare and other statewide partners including, but not limited to, SWAN, PCYA, PCCYFS, KidsVoice, Juvenile Law Center, and PA Partnership for Children.

Programmatic Roles within the Statewide Quality Improvement Department

  • Child Welfare Demonstration Project: Starting in 2013, Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Demonstration Project focuses on implementing or expanding the use of family engagement strategies, conducting comprehensive assessments of child and family needs and strengths, and utilizing evidence-based practices to improve placement decisions and child and family functioning.
  • Child and Family Services Review:  Provide support in the development of Pennsylvania’s Statewide Self-assessment and Program Improvement Plan as well as the onsite review as part of the Federal Child and Family Services Review; provide oversight of the statewide Quality Services Review process and revision of the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Practice Standards.
  • Child Abuse and Prevention Treatment Act:  Coordinate the implementation and maintenance of citizen review panels in Pennsylvania; participate in other CAPTA related activities, including the Children’s Justice Act, Citizens’ Review Panels, and Developmental Screening Research Project.
  • The Children’s Justice Act: The Children’s Justice Act (CJA) is a federal grant awarded to each state to develop, establish, and operate programs designed to improve the child-protection system.
  • Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Practice Model: Pennsylvania's Child Welfare Practice Model outlines that children, youth, families, child welfare representatives and other child and family service partners need to work together as team members with the shared community responsibility to achieve positive outcomes. These outcomes can be achieved by consistently modeling the values and principles at every level and across all partnerships and by demonstrating the specific and essential skills to be utilized across all aspects of the child welfare system.
  • Continuous Quality Improvement effort: Implementing change at the local level is critical to the achieve-ment of positive child, youth and family outcomes, particularly in a state-supervised and county-administered state. A well-developed Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) process will be a vehicle to drive change for-ward in Pennsylvania.
  • Quality Visitation: The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006, which was reauthorized in 2011, provides funding for improving caseworker decision making including targeting caseworker retention and recruitment issues, as well as access to mobile technology. Funding is available through 2016.
  • Independent Living: Manage the statewide aspects of Independent Living, a Title IV-E, federally-funded, state-administered, program to prepare foster care youth, ages 16-21, for their transition from foster care to independence.
  • Family Centers:  Since its inception in 1992, the Pennsylvania (PA) Family Center (FC) Initiative has been a vehicle for integrating and providing services to help children and families become healthy, safe and self sufficient. The demonstrated impact of FCs, linked with other community based and family support efforts has helped to advance this vision for FCs that all Pennsylvania children and their families will be healthy, educated, and self-sufficient and will be living in a safe home and community. The PA Child Welfare Resource Center is proud to provide support and technical assistance to Family Centers throughout the Commonwealth.
  • Statewide Training Events: Coordinate and manage statewide events and project roll out.
  • Practice Improvement:  Manage efforts regarding Youth and Family Integration at the local and state level.
  • Youth Ambassador:  Manage youth integration activities and projects; and advocate for youth in the child welfare system.
  • Parent Ambassador:  Manage parent integration activities and projects and advocate for parents in the child welfare system. Oversee Families and Communities United, a committee dedicated to empowering individuals involved in family serving systems to promote and encourage safe healthy living and stability for children, youth and families in the state of Pennsylvania. FCU consists of Birth Parents; Kinship families; foster parents; and stakeholders who have experiences with Family serving systems.