Implementation Projects

An Implementation Center performs a variety of activities under the terms of its cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau, including the administration and delivery of services through implementation projects. Implementation projects are intensive, in-depth technical assistance efforts that are tailored to the strengths that will drive sustainable change. Implementation Centers solicit applications from States, Tribes, and Territories in their geographic service areas for implementation projects.

Eligible Applicants

State child welfare agencies within ACF Regions V and VII, and Tribes or Tribal consortia within those Regions that are currently receiving Title IV-B grant funds administered by the CB, are eligible for MCWIC implementation projects. If a consortium applies for an implementation project, CB will not require that every member of that consortium participate in the proposed project activities as a condition of eligibility. Federally recognized Tribes that are not receiving Title IV-B grant funds are not eligible for implementation projects.

Application Process

All implementation projects were selected using a multi-step application process, beginning with the submission of a two-page concept paper that was reviewed by MCWIC, Children's Bureau and other T/TA Network representatives. An in-depth discussion of the concept paper followed, with written feedback to the applicant agency documenting MCWIC's multidisciplinary assessment of the concept paper. Interested child welfare agencies were then encouraged to submit a formal application, using the process described in the MCWIC Request for Applications (2009).

After conducting a thorough review of the applications, Implementation Centers propose project sites to the Children's Bureau and develop concrete plans for executing the projects they have recommended. The Children's Bureau reviews the proposed scope, approach, duration, and major milestones of each project.

Future Requests for Applications will be disseminated to all eligible applicants and available here.

Approved Projects

When the project plans are sufficiently clear and reasonable, and the recommended project is consistent with the programmatic intent of the Implementation Center's cooperative agreement with the Children's Bureau, the project is approved. Once a project is approved, the Implementation Center and the respective site are able to begin work on the project and finalize a mutually binding agreement. The following implementation projects have been approved by the Children's Bureau:

  • Indiana Department of Child Services
    Project Title: "Centralized Intake Unit"

    Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) will implement a centralized intake system through the development of competency-based training, integration of necessary technology, and facilitation of stakeholder involvement in the process. This centralized system will replace the current system of approximately 210 different phone numbers staffed by case managers, supervisors and contract employees located throughout the 92 counties in Indiana. The new system of centralized intake system will result in consistency and uniformity of practice, improved responsiveness to community stakeholders and professional providers, and improved tracking capability.

  • Iowa Department of Human Services
    Project Title: "Partnering with Parents for System Change"

    The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) will institutionalize parent engagement strategies that integrate parents working directly with families as well as actively informing policy, practice and programs statewide. The Parent Partner program has demonstrated evidence of positive outcomes for children and families in other pilot jurisdictions in Iowa, and the implementation project will expand this program to other jurisdictions in the State. This program enlists parents with prior system involvement to serve as mentors for parents with children in care to support the completion of case plan goals, and educate parents regarding available services. This project will also help establish policy and practice informed by parents' insights based on their involvement with the Iowa DHS, by building a cadre of parents actively engaged in all levels of child welfare practice in Iowa.

  • Ohio Office of Families and Children
    Project Title: "New Technical Assistance Model"

    The Ohio Office of Families and Children (OFC) and MCWIC will collaborate to develop and implement a new technical assistance model. This project is a part of Ohio's systemic effort to improve its child welfare outcomes, and will materially alter how OFC works with Ohio's county-administered child welfare offices. It will build Ohio's capacity to implement evidence-informed and promising child welfare interventions. The project consists of several distinct elements: a formal assessment of organizational culture and climate; development and installation of the technical assistance model; a rule review; implementation of organizational structural and functional changes to facilitate the new model; and ongoing fidelity monitoring.

  • Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
    Project Title: "Best Outcomes for Indian Children"

    The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (WDCF) and MCWIC will collaborate with Wisconsin's 71 county child welfare agencies and the eleven sovereign tribes in Wisconsin to improve outcomes for Indian children. The project includes developing child welfare practice principles, training materials, and standardized case practice tools designed to effectively implement the recently enacted Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act (WICWA). This collaboration will require increased communication and coordination between all internal and external stakeholders responsible for the welfare of Indian children in Wisconsin. WDCF has requested MCWIC assistance in facilitating this new partnership, which will effect systemic integration of the philosophical underpinnings of WICWA.

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