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Title IV-E California Well-Being Project

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The California Well-Being Project provides participating counties with the flexibility to invest existing resources more effectively in proven and innovative approaches that better ensure the safety of children and the success of families. This flexibility enables the opportunity to reinvest resources into more cost efficient approaches that achieve better outcomes.
The Project, which will operate in the following counties—Alameda, Butte, Lake, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sonoma—has the following goals:

  • Improve the array of services and supports available to children and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile probation systems;
  • Engage families through a more individualized casework approach that emphasized family involvement;
  • Increase the child safety without an over-reliance on out-of-home care;
  • Improve permanency outcomes and timelines;
  • Improve child and family well-being ; and
  • Decrease recidivism and delinquency for youth on probation.

The target population includes children and youth ages 0-17, inclusive, who currently are in out-of-home placement or who are at risk of entering or re-entering foster care.
The Project will focus on two components across all participating counties:

  • Prevention: Wraparound for probation youth exhibiting delinquency risk factors that put them at risk of entering foster care.
  • Family Centered Practice: Safety Organized Practice to further implement and enhance the Core Practice Model for child welfare.

In addition to the Project-wide interventions above, each county may implement additional child welfare and probation interventions, at local discretion.

California’s Project began on July 1, 2007 with Alameda and Los Angeles counties and has continued under three-short term bridge extensions through September 30, 2014. On September 29, 2014, the federal government approved a five-year extension and expansion of the Project, for Butte, Lake, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties through September 30, 2019.

Additional Information

Project Communications: Copies of our most recent and past newsletters, published every quarter.
Reports and Documents: Initial Design and Implementation Report, Terms and Conditions, Letter to Federal ACF and Waiver Extension Proposal.

Fiscal Methodology: An overview of our Project's two-cohort track and capped federal allocation costs.
Project Evaluation: The Project's evaluation process, including process evaluation, outcome evaluation and cost analysis.
All County Information Notices, All County Letters and County Fiscal Letters: Copies of the All County Information Notices (ACINs), All County Letters (ACLs) and County Fiscal Letters (CFLs).
County Information: Alameda, Butte, Lake, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Sonoma.
Historical Documents and Reports: Information and documents from the Project's first round from July 1, 2007 to September 30, 2014.

Contact Information:

Title IV-E California Well-Being Project
California Department of Social Services
744 P Street, MS8-11-86
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 651-6600
Email: IV-EWaiver@dss.ca.gov