The Healthy Families/Thriving Communities Collaborative Council and Collaboratives created a joint practice model with the Child and Families Services Agency (CFSA) called the Partnership for Community-Based Services (PCBS) in 2008. The Collaborative Council shepherded the two year planning process among the Collaboratives and CFSA in response to a need for a more coordinated and comprehensive approach to addressing the complexity of family issues. PCBS included the integration of 70 CFSA staff including social workers, supervisors and social service assistants from In-home services into Collaborative office sites, and is designed to accomplish the following system level outcomes:
- Abuse and neglect rates are reduced;
- Community and public resources are used more efficiently; and
- Family engagement and outcomes are improved.
PCBS Vision: Every child in the District of Columbia shall live in a safe, stable, permanent home, nurtured and supported by healthy families, strong communities, and a coordinated cohesive child welfare system of care.
Our work toward this vision is guided by the following cores principles:
- child centered;
- family focused;
- community connected;
- solution focused;
- cultural responsiveness;
- cultural competency;
- and commitment to quality practice