Partnership with The Family Initiative (TFI) and Cornerstone of Care (COC)- two of the foster care recruitment agencies currently under contract with Kansas DCF.
Goals are to:
Improve the quality of resource parents by providing excellent parenting to children in foster care.
Identify champions consisting of agency staff, foster families and community partners to engage in systemic review and practice change of the Kansas child and family welfare system.
Champions identified in each of the two agencies.
Schedule of Champion training set through January 2022 where each month consists of QPI training, discussion and agency coaching.
Strategic planning has begun by reaching out to other key stakeholders- i.e. courts, foster parents, etc.
Develop an action plan that addresses specific goals set by agency champions.
Inform Kansas Department of Children and Families of action plan and request expanding QPI to other private agencies currently also under contract with Kansas.
Elevating voice and leadership of individuals with lived experience in the child welfare system.
Joined QPI in 2016
Statewide partnership with Department of Children and Family Services and includes nine regions.
Statewide Highlights & Current Priorities:
Early connections focus – Initial “Comfort” Calls & Icebreaker Meetings
QPI Practice Guides developed for use by staff, foster caregivers, birth parents, partners clarifying best practice in that area, and implementation strategies. Topics include:
Confidentiality and Information Sharing
Planful Transitions, and
Placement Guide for Care Setting Decision Making with Young Children
Birth and Foster Parent Mentors (region specific)
Joined QPI in 2017
Partnership with Aspire MN and specific private agencies
Initial (comfort) calls passed into legislation effective November 2020
Reunification day proclamation by Governor Walz June 25, 2020
QPI-MN Champions cohort; 12 individuals trained
Published “Starting Journey as a Relative / Kin Foster Parent” video series in conjunction with Mitchell Hamline Law School
Youth Voice – developing youth designed and facilitated training for prospective foster parents and child welfare staff
Birth-foster parent connection
Elevating voice and leadership of lived experience individuals
Antiracism action work group
Expanding statewide network QPI-MN regional sites and members
Piloted QPI Champions program in 2020
Learn more about QPI Minnesota’s history and current movement at qpimn.org
Joined QPI in 2011
Statewide partnership includes Clark County Department of Family Services, Clark County, Washoe County Human Services Agency Children’s Services Division, and Division of Child and Family Services – Rural Region
Significant areas of focus and achievements:
Statewide policy on Normalcy
Relative placement data indicates high priority and nationally competitive numbers
Siblings being placed together for Clark data high
Statewide policy on Information sharing
Court improvement Project and local judicial partners on QPI ideals and impact on practice
Peer support coaches both for resource families and placement stabilization (Foster Parent Champions in Clark)
Washoe was initial site to practice and formally study the ABC-V practice model now statewide FRV practice
Statewide integration of QPI philosophy
Partnership between birth families and caregivers and staff
Kinship navigator program evidence based statewide
Hosted 2nd National QPI Conference in Las Vegas, 2014
Washoe joined QPI Champions program in second cohort, October 2020