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The Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC) is a private non-profit organization incorporated in 2004 as a 501 c 3 entity under the auspices of the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA). The purpose of the CFPIC is to “advance the development of sound public policy and promote program excellence in county Human Services Agencies through research, education, training and technical assistance.”

Beginning in late 2000 CWDA was privileged to receive the services of the National Network for Child Safety and the Public Child Services Association of Ohio, with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for the purpose of assisting CWDA in identifying strategies for supporting and advancing best practices among its members. In 2002, reflecting on work that was being done in Ohio, the recommendation was made that the county Human Services directors consider establishing a private non-profit entity that could solicit private foundation funding to support their collective work. Over the course of many months similar organizations, within and outside California, were researched. Finally, in 2004, a Board of Directors was named, by-laws were written, and the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC) was formally incorporated. Funding was obtained from the Casey Family Programs and Zellerbach Family Foundation to enable the hiring of an Executive Director and the establishment of an office in Sacramento. Since that time, the CFPIC has implemented a number of projects to support the work of California’s Human Services Agencies.

CFPIC has worked since its inception to carry out its mission in partnership with a number of other organizations, including the following:

CFPIC Retrospective
Seven Year Retrospective


CalWORKs Strategic Initiative: Partnership Invitation
´┐╝The Child and Family Policy Institute of California is seeking a consultant or consultants to design and develop, at minimum, a package of tools, curricula, performance metrics, and web-based facilitation of best practice sharing between counties. This effort will integrate the disparate programmatic components of the California Work Opportunities and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program into a comprehensive program that is whole family-focused, customized to meet the evolving needs of each family, and that helps keep children out of poverty and supports parents in reaching self-sufficiency. Dowload the request for proposals.

Assessing Early Implementation of the Affordable Care Act
This report is a recently completed report containing information about counties' implementation of the ACA. This report, completed in conjunction with CFPIC and CWDA, and approved by the CWDA Board of Directors, articulates the work counties have done to enhance the customer experience during the implementation of Health Care Reform.

Counties should take great pride in their efforts, reflected here, especially during the difficult and trying days of implementation. Particularly in light of these challenges, we are very grateful for the active participation of many county staff who assisted with gathering information for and reviewing this document. It serves the important purpose of telling our story, and setting direction for the future.

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A Framework For Advancing A Culture of Customer Service In Health And Human Services
This report presents a Framework from which county human services agencies can enhance existing customer service practices and embed those enhancements into the core of the agency's belief systems, behaviors, and structure. The goal is to create a culture of customer service that will enable county human services agencies to provide first class customer service to individuals seeking help under the Affordable Care Act and effectively promote health care coverage and access to vital human services for all eligible persons. The Framework combines ten Building Blocks of Excellent Customer Service and eight Core Principles for Achieving Culture Change into four stages of activity: The first stage incorporates the actions needed to position the agency for change. The second focuses on preparing the agency to implement customer service delivery enhancements. The third stage addresses full engagement in delivering excellent customer service. The fourth, and final stage, describes how to institutionalize the changes as part of the culture of the agency. This Framework is based on information collected through Internet research; interviews with key individuals; structured discussion groups with county representatives and community stakeholders; focus groups of customers, staff and advocates; customer surveys; and discussions at a major symposium of experts. The report was the result of the Customer Service and Culture Change Best Practices Project conducted by the Child and Family Policy Institute of California under the auspices of the County Welfare Directors Association of California through a grant from The California Endowment.

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Please visit the Self-Sufficiency services tab to view several important works that report our research on TANF Child-Only cases.