Adolescent Assessment and Case Planning Resources
The Colorado Consortium on Differential Response, a group comprised of five counties and the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), applied for and received a $1.8 million federal research and development grant to fund a pilot project examining the effects of a differential response practice model on outcomes for children and families. In addition to the CDHS Division of Child Welfare; the consortium consists of Colorado State University; and the counties of Arapahoe, Fremont, Garfield, Jefferson and Larimer. The consortium, under the direction of a management team, plans to implement and evaluate this model in these counties as a four-year research pilot project between February 1, 2010 and June 30, 2013. All 64 counties were invited to participate in this consortium, and these five were selected through an application process for their dedication to innovative and collaborative practice.
The Colorado Practice Initiative is an effort to develop a clear, consistent and cohesive approach to child welfare practice and service delivery. This framework will be designed and developed collaboratively with child welfare staff and stakeholders across the state.
Colorado is committed to achieving positive outcomes for children and their families involved with the child welfare system. The Division of Child Welfare with the assistance of the Mountain and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC) is proud to partner in Colorado's Practice Model (CPM). Our overall plan is to phase in groups of counties over the next three years, with statewide implementation no later than 2015.
The Developmental Assets are 40 common sense, positive experiences and qualities that help influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible, successful adults. Because of its basis in youth development, resiliency, and prevention research and its proven effectiveness, the Developmental Assets framework has become one of the most widely used approaches to positive youth development in the United States.