California Child Welfare Core Practice Model

At the heart of the California Core Practice Model (CPM) are two sets of behaviors, practice behaviors and leadership behaviors, which create an environment conducive to implementation of the CPM in county child welfare agencies.

The California Child Welfare Core Practice Model  (CPM) is a statewide effort, led by the counties, to develop and implement a framework to support child welfare practice and allow child welfare professionals to be more effective in their roles. The CPM is intended to guide practice, service delivery, and decision-making. 

This web site includes more information about the California Practice Model, Child Welfare Directors Institute, Implementation Planning, Implementation Toolkit and reference materials and is organized as follows:

About The CPM​

Here you will find a description of the history, role and function of the Core Practice Model, along with a list of the organizational partners and sponsors that make CPM implementation possible.

CPM Director’s Institute

Learn how the Directors Institute is providing opportunities, resources and support to our cohort of effective leaders in order to support and sustain CPM implementation. Here you will also find our periodic newsletter along with links and resources from our Shared Learning Events.

CPM Implementation Planning

Here you will find guidance, tools and templates for county CPM implementation planning.

CPM Implementation Toolbox

Our CPM Implementation Toolbox contains implementation resources and tools for use by California Child Welfare Directors and their implementation teams to help install and advance CPM in their locations.

CPM Reference Materials

This section contains links to background documents and presentations that helped to inform and establish the California Core Practice Model.

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