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Infants are placed in foster care at a higher rate than children of all other ages. Nationally, infants make up approximately 22% of children entering foster care and, once in care, stay in care longer than older children. Given infants’ sizeable representation in the system, they warrant particular attention as child welfare agencies develop and implement policies and practices. This post summarizes a presentation recently delivered by Fred Wulczyn and Zach Martinez at Harvard University’s Center for the Developing Child. The presentation describes from a risk perspective how infants represent a unique sub-population of children involved in the child welfare system. By bringing infants’ particular characteristics and experiences to the fore—e.g., the circumstances under which they come into contact with the child welfare system, their specific risk factors, and their trajectories toward permanency—the findings provide valuable information that can guide state efforts to improve infant well-being. To view the presentation… Read more >

In this session, Data Center Director Fred Wulczyn provided a high-level overview of the proposed CFSR 3 measures, discussed the methods for setting national standards, baselines, and targets, and highlighted issues for states to consider as they prepare comments to the Children’s Bureau. Read a recap, view the webinar, and download the slides.... Read more >
Care days is a strategic quantity that lies at the core of planning for, implementing, and monitoring foster care interventions, especially in the context of a Title IV-E waiver. This post summarizes Fred Wulczyn’s January 24, 2014 webinar “Care Days, Waivers, CQI, and Intervention Design.” ... Read more >
In this the second installment of a multipart series on care days and Title IV-E waivers, Fred Wulczyn will demonstrate how Chapin Hall's predictive analytics software, OSPEDALE, provides information that can help states plan for, manage, and monitor the use of waiver funds.... Read more >
When we know why an outcome varies, we can use that knowledge to deploy targeted interventions where they have the most potential to create the change we want to see. No scenario highlights the importance of targeting interventions more than the Title IV-E waiver. This post describes how observing and interpreting variation early on in the waiver proposal process can help a state build a strong proposal.... Read more >
Variation not only helps you define the outcome you want to improve, it also creates a springboard for crafting the solution. Once we know that an outcome varies, the next step in the CQI process is to ask: Why? This post provides guidance on how to interpret the variation you observe in your system and explains why that interpretation is vital to strategic planning.... Read more >