Thursday, October 22, 2009

CFSA initiatives recognized by Mayor

On October 20, Mayor Fenty, Attorney General Peter Nickles and CFSA director Roque Gerald announced significant improvements in CFSA practices for children and youth.

Areas highlighted in the press event were:

  • Maintaining safety reforms – CFSA is routinely achieving timely investigation goals; timeliness happens more than 90 percent of the time.
  • Ensuring permanent homes – One innovative strategy to achieve permanency for kids is the "high impact team" comprised of CFSA and Adoptions Together staff.   The team focuses on speeding up adoption.
  • Improving child and youth well being – CFSA has a number of new initiatives including an in-house medical clinic and education assessments using a new process and tools.

CFSA is still not out of the woods with the LaShawn case.   Time will tell how these and other innovations and improved practices will result in better outcomes for children and youth and how these outcomes in turn can help get CFSA out from under court oversight.

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