What We Work For
As court-appointed monitors, we hold systems accountable and drive lasting policy and practice change.
Too often, structural and institutional limitations prevent child welfare systems from fully supporting the children and families they are bound to serve. Long-standing policy flaws and structural barriers impede these systems from protecting children and effectively promoting the well-being and healthy development of stable families. The poor outcomes of children, youth, and families involved with these systems demonstrate the need for creative strategies that have the real possibility of sustained change over time.
How We Do It
We are appointed by a federal court to independently assess child welfare systems’ performance in jurisdictions under federal or state court-ordered agreements.
We take an innovative approach to monitoring, giving equal attention to data and the quality of practice and outcomes of work with children, youth, and families.
We also promote and support non-adversarial problem solving among the parties so that court-ordered agreements can promote lasting systemic change.
We rely on data collection methods that utilize administrative data, structured qualitative service review (QSR) instruments and protocols, focus groups with caseworkers, families, and other stakeholders, as well as meetings with leadership in order to get the clearest picture of how the system is working.
Through this work, we hope to one day see demonstrated and measurable systemic improvements and better outcomes for children, youth, and families.