Strategies 2.0 Southern California Learning Community
Thank you for joining us on  Thursday December 5, 2019  for the second of our 4-part SoCal Learning Community series:

Re-visioning Prevention:   Exploring Systems Innovation and Best Practices in the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
SoCal LC Networking Cafe

Many thanks to SAY San Diego for graciously hosting the Hub in San Diego County! We were delighted to have 4 Remote Sites and a total of 79 participants representing 8 counties in the SoCal region on December 5th. Thank you to all who participated, both in person and online.
Resources & Materials
Listen to the recording of the December 5, 2019 SoCal Learning Community here .
Charles Wilson's presentation begins at 15:17.

Please visit the Strategies 2.0 YouTube Channel to access Learning Community convening recordings from all 6 regions of the state, as well as webinars and other resources!
Charles Wilson, MSSW, Presentation
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) exists to advance the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system. CEBC programs are sorted by a scientific rating scale and clustered by an assortment of topic areas.

As part of his presentation Charles Wilson showed participants how to navigate the program registry on the CEBC website, https://www.cebc4cw.org/ . When seeking a program to implement, Charles advised the following process:
  • Begin with an internal needs assessment.
  • Clarify your existing and potential data sources.
  • Search the CEBC program registry to understand what's available.
  • Identify the program that would best fit (not necessarily best rated).
  • Contact the CEBC for consultation. Free assistance is available for agencies across California.

We also learned that the CEBC is not directly involved with the  IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse . Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) funding is specifically intended to prevent children from entering or re-entering the foster care system. This funding must support programs approved by the IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. To learn more about FFPSA you can view this  document and to learn more about the Clearinghouse visit https://preventionservices.abtsites.com/ .
Panel Discussion
A few highlights from our wonderful panel discussion:

  • It's important to remember to adjust our language when we're connecting with parents. Our program descriptions may have a clinical or academic tone. Making an effort to understand the community we're serving and sharing with them in practical, relatable language will help to build relationships and remove barriers to creating shared outcomes.

  • We can't be all things to all families. Truly listening to parents and identifying the what they need will help us focus on the specific ways we can offer support. Supporting families step by step with their goals helps prevent overwhelm for them and us!

  • Constituent engagement strengthens programs. Providing parent partners the opportunity to serve as advisors and guides will infuse programs with wisdom and diverse perspectives. Parents who have received services can provide honest feedback about what worked, how to improve program delivery and how to align services with the needs of the community.

  • Location, location, location! Collaborative community partners can provide pathways to meeting families where they are. School campuses, military bases, co-located agency hubs all provide a way for parents to easily connect with services where they are comfortable and without additional travel. Be mindful of geography when planning and reviewing programs in order to increase efficacy and assist in providing recommendations to funders.
Shannon Throop, LCSW
Senior Director, Child Abuse Prevention Services
SAY San Diego Mid City Family Resource Center
Office: 619-283-9624 x.360
shannon@saysandiego.org

Alyssa Smith, MA
San Diego Region Program Supervisor, Safe Families for Children of Olive Crest
714-543-5437 Ext. 1810
Alyssa-Smith@olivecrest.org

Daniel Romero
Senior Program Director SAY San Diego Healthy Start Military Family Resource Center
Office: 858-810-8259
dromero@saysandiego.org
Save the dates!
Please mark your calendars for the last 2 sessions in our 4-part series building leadership capacity to improve outcomes for children in the SoCal region

Thursday February 27, 2019
CA Office of Child Abuse Prevention CAPC Best Practices Project
Parent perspective on receiving family strengthening services

Thursday May 14, 2019
Re-visioning child abuse prevention in your community
Practicing culturally aware prevention
Warm wishes for a safe, happy, healthy holiday season to you and your family! We look forward to connecting with you in the new year.

Lisa Fraser
Southern California Learning Community Facilitator
(805) 466-5404