Child & Family Services Review
During the week of April 12, 2010, federal and state reviewers came to La Crosse to do a comprehensive review of outcomes and indicators for our child protective cases. The federal government created standards and expected outcomes for each state for families involved in the child welfare system with the passage of the Adoption & Safe Families Act (ASFA) in 1997. For the first time in the nation's history, the Administration of Children and Families (ACF) of the federal Health and Human Services (HHS) Department in 1997 developed national standards and indicators for states for those families involved in the child welfare system. There are 45 indicators in which the federal government reviews as part of the Children and Family Safety Reviews.
Overall, La Crosse County did well in this year's federal review. There were a number of indicators in which the county scored high on and a number in which the county and state needs to improve upon. Click on the link below to review the preliminary results of this federal review. The state will be developing a Program Improvement Plan for the federal government which will serve as the benchmark for child welfare services likely over the next five years.
The Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Program, within the Bureau of Programs and Policies (BPP), a Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services (DHFS), uses the Quality Services Review (QSR) protocol to evaluate the case practice models of Wisconsin’s county child welfare programs. The overarching goal for selection of this particular quality improvement model is to be able to generate useful information for staff at all levels of the county as to the outcomes for children and families served, the strengths of local practice and the opportunities for improving system performance.
2008 Quality Service Review
2005 Quality Service Review