My Community Cares – Transforming Child Welfare Systems

How does My Community Cares in Louisiana build strong neighborhoods that keep families together?

My Community Cares (MCC) is a community-driven approach that strives to bring together community members and agencies committed to a shared vision of promoting child and family well-being and ensuring that families can access the support they need to reach their full potential. The vision of MCC is for children and families to have access to services, activities, programs, resources, and supports in the communities where they live.

Excerpt: “MCC was developed in response to the 2018 Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) conducted on Louisiana’s child welfare system. The CFSR highlighted an opportunity to reassess how the Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) and other agencies partner together to support families and prevent children from entering foster care. This review prompted a sense of urgency and served as a catalyst for a bold new vision for DCFS, shifting from a reactive agency to one centered on family strengthening. In response to the CFSR, Louisiana engaged in a pilot Program Improvement Plan (PIP) process, which provided an opportunity to bring a diverse set of stakeholders together to create a roadmap for a new vision of what they wanted child welfare in their state to be.”

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