Help Before There's Hurt: Integrating Child Welfare and Welfare Reform to Assist Families
January 14–16, 2002
Randy A. Desonia
This site visit to the El Paso County (Colorado) Department of Human Services and its programs provided an example of how one county created an innovative delivery system in a state with the most devolved welfare program in the country. County officials described their departmental vision — to eliminate poverty and domestic violence — and the processes, players, and restructuring that led to an integrated, community-based welfare and child welfare system. Site visitors met with mental health, domestic violence, and child welfare providers as well as a representative from a faith-based mentoring service. Participants heard presentations by the legal community — attorneys and a judge — about their thoughts on the effectiveness of the department's efforts in protecting the welfare of children. Finally, participants heard observations from caseworkers, TANF clients, foster parents, and people who have been part of the child welfare system.
No report was produced for this site visit.