The report describes how partnerships between public and private agencies can be developed around a shared vision and goals, shared communications strategies and performance standards, a variety of operating structures and a formalized way of managing the work. It also presents the issues and challenges to achieving successful partnerships. This document is part of the Family to Family Tools for Rebuilding Foster Care series.
Using Shared Goals, Benchmarks, Collaborative Standards and Contracts Support Successful Public/Private Partnerships
Findings & Stats
Child welfare services, including out-of-home care, should be based in the neighborhood where the family resides.
Shared Vision and Goals
Developing a shared vision of the partnership and defining the goals the partnership will achieve helps keep organizations focused on the end result.
Workers and placement options should be reflective of the population being served.
Statements & Quotations
The fundamental reasons for reconstructing foster care and for developing public/private partnerships are better outcomes for children and families….Collaboration is not a goal in itself, it is a means to achieve these results.
Both government and voluntary sectors agree that they must work together to improve case planning, review and treatment.
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