County Turns to Outside Agency to Get CPS on Track

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, June 2, 2009

The board approved a contract with the private, non-profit Child Welfare League of America Tuesday.  It’s one of the oldest such organizations in the nation.
The move is in response to two sharply critical reports on CPS released earlier this year.  They blamed problems in transparency, training, human resources and management for child abuse related deaths.
CPS director Laura Coulthard says her department is responding to the reports.
Coulthard: “We’re moving forward with the selection of Child Welfare League to assist us in both working on those critical areas for improvement and also to help us develop a really specific, measurable, strategic plan.” 
Coulthard says CPS is already making progress in some areas, like promptly completing safety assessments after visiting a home.
The outside official will start at CPS next week; supervisors have asked the department for monthly progress reports.