PS Wrapping Up Performance Improvement Plan

09.15.2009

SANTA FE -- CYFD’s Protective Services is in the last three quarters of its federal Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) which resulted from the 2007 federal Child & Family Services Review conducted by the Children’s Bureau of the federal Department of Health and Human Services. As with all other states that have been reviewed, CYFD has entered into a PIP to address deficiencies in the child welfare system. Most goals and activities from the PIP have been met, with a few exceptions. The primary challenge is placement stability for children in foster care. In order to effectuate placement stability improvement, a targeted effort is now being placed on those county offices that have the largest numbers of children, and that are not currently meeting the state average on placement stability. This effort is likely to most significantly impact this measure.

In other CYFD news this week:

  • In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2009, the Family Nutrition Bureau (FNB) received 218 applications from child care center sponsors and 17 from home sponsors to participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CYFD expects an increase of participation in the CACFP for FFY2010, as we have already received 203 child care center sponsors and 13 renewal applications from Home Provider sponsors, and there is still a month left to apply. This increase is possibly a direct effect of the economic downturn in which needy families become more reliant on food programs.