How are agencies are reacting to a potential conversion to the new Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS)? FosterTech explores how many states seem to be gun-shy about initiating an expensive technology shift.
The deadline for states to opt in for the new CCWIS is not until July of next year, but when you consider all the factors that will likely precede a state’s decision to move forward, the timeline becomes much shorter.
This article from FosterTech explores how states and agencies are reacting to a potential conversion to CCWIS, including how many states seem to be gun-shy about initiating an expensive technology shift.
Our take? If states and ultimately local agencies can move from a system that is built to simply collect data to one that can help manage it behind the scenes, social workers have more time to actually do social work.
CCWIS offers an opportunity for child welfare advocates to drive best practices, not just react to them. In numerous conversations with county directors, supervisors, and caseworkers, many are unaware of how they can inform or influence decisions being made at the state level.
In fact, many see CCWIS as just the next Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS) with little change.
It’s imperative that local practitioners feel informed and empowered to be involved in this next generation of systems aimed to help manage cases within child welfare. It’s time those experienced in serving on the frontlines – those who’ve carried caseloads or managed in a child welfare agency – take this opportunity to continue raising the bar to do what’s possible to deliver the highest quality of services to the most vulnerable.