What is the Community Partnership
The Community Partnership Initiative (CPI) comprises coalitions in 11 communities throughout NYC that includes Children’s Services, child welfare agencies, Head Start and Child Care provider agencies and other stakeholders that explore innovative, community-based strategies that can positively impact child welfare outcomes for New York City’s children. Plans are for coalitions that will include all 59 New York City community districts.
Each coalition is designed to improve the well-being of children and families in the child welfare system and reduce the use of foster care services in their community. The coalitions will be forums where members share resources, ideas, information, and referrals. The coalition participants will engage in joint planning, service coordination, training and advocacy in the four tasks of the CPI, which are to:
- Promote innovative approaches to a coordinated
service delivery system that will bridge the gap between Head Start, Child
Care and community-based preventive services.
- Participate in family team conferences to contribute
to decision-making about the needs, services, and safety plans appropriate to
particular families’ circumstances.
- Support existing foster and adoptive parents and
recruit new ones in communities where they are needed.
- Facilitate visits between parents, children and siblings in foster care.
Children’s Services believes that the relationships formed within the partnership will transform child welfare practice and improve the coordination and delivery of services to families. We believe that coalition participants will harness their collective strengths to significantly impact core child welfare outcomes of safety, permanency and well-being. Through lessons learned from the partnership, the coalition will lead the realignment of child welfare services, ensuring that families, communities and government work successfully together to keep our city’s children safe and thriving.
The first year of the initiative is being evaluated by Chapin Hall, a not-for-profit research and evaluation center affiliated with the University of Chicago.
Read the CPI Implementation Report (PDF)