How Will Your Child Welfare System Stack Up Against the Laws of Gravity

Our child welfare systems can feel like we are in a game of Jenga. We are attempting to grow and expand our systems by moving pieces one by one - while stretching our limited capacity. But with each move, the entire system risks collapse, particularly with worker shortages.

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Band of Brothers

Accountability systems rarely work as they affix blame instead of fix systems. They also produce devastating side effects including workers gaming the measurement system and increase fear. There is a better way.

Family First… Second: Finding a solution to managing the workflow

The goals associated with Family First are both noble and needed. If we do not fix our capacity crisis in child welfare, we may never see the results we hope to achieve.

Management, Leadership and the Transformation Government Needs

What government does is noble and vital, but it can't deliver the value it should if we don't do a better job of making the work, work. The future of management is about more than technology and budgets.

Modernization Is Desperately Needed … But It’s Not Enough

While new technology can help us with everything from tracking work to enhancing our safety models, by itself it’s not enough.

We Don’t Need Another Hero: Improve Capacity to Save Supervisors

Child welfare supervisors have an incredibly difficult job. One that is made even more complex by the broad role they play.

Child Welfare’s Pipe Problem: How Relieving the Pressure Can Ignite the Workforce’s Ability to Do Its Job

Child welfare has a pipe problem. Our pipes can't handle this much pressure... But there's another way, a way to relive the pressure and unleash the amazing internal motivation of our people ... and it starts with fixing the plumbing.

When Technology Is Not the Solution

Despite years of investments worth billions of dollars, government has not seen the kind of radical results it expected from technology. A key reason why: States and localities first need to fix their capacity problem.

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