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April 2013Vol. 14, No. 3NRCOI Practice Model Guide

Having a clearly defined practice model can help child welfare agencies better direct their work; partner with families, service providers, and other stakeholders; and achieve positive outcomes. To help agencies accomplish these goals, the National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) published a guide focused on developing and implementing a family-centered practice model or enriching an agency's current model.

The guide discusses common practice model elements, culturally responsive and inclusive models, and managing parallel processes. Implementation is addressed in detail, including a discussion of 14 implementation drivers, and the guide outlines necessary action items at various stages, from exploration and program design to initial and full implementation. The guide also includes a list of links and organizations for ongoing support, as well as three worksheets that can help agencies do the following:

  • Articulate practice model principles
  • Identify frontline practice skills for a family-centered practice model
  • Assess readiness

Guide for Developing and Implementing Child Welfare Practice Models is available on the NRCOI website: