Case Commons Selected by the State of California to Develop New Child Welfare Intake Module

Case Commons was selected by the State of California’s Child Welfare Digital Services to develop the new open source digital service for intake that will replace the intake functions of the State’s 20-year-old Child Welfare System-Case Management System (CWS-CMS). Intake is the process by which child welfare professionals in California’s county Child Welfare Agencies investigate allegations of child abuse, neglect and exploitation.

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“We are honored to be selected by the State of California’s Child Welfare Digital Services to develop the new intake digital service and help make the state’s most vulnerable children safer,” said Kathleen Feely, CEO of Case Commons. “California has taken the bold step of moving from the traditional model of government software procurement to a modern, modular, user-centered approach based on Agile methodology. California’s selection of Case Commons will raise awareness about the critical need for states to adopt technology that better supports everyone from the front office to the front lines.”

California’s new Intake Digital Service will be easy to navigate, with an efficient way to record and access information regarding child abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The new service will provide comprehensive information that allows child welfare professionals to make timely, informed decisions regarding child safety.

“Like California, more and more state leaders around the country are recognizing the need for innovative technology to drive better data, policy and practice,” said Patrick McCarthy, Chair of the Board of Case Commons and President of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. “At Case Commons, we put improved outcomes for the most vulnerable children and families within reach, even as we are accelerating the transformation and integration of 21st century human services.”

The Case Commons team for the Intake Digital Services project includes partners CGI, Natoma Technologies and Stanfield Systems.

For more information about Child Welfare Digital Services, visit: https://cwscms.osi.ca.gov/New-System

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Case Commons is an independent nonprofit technology company with deep roots in the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. With no shareholders to answer to, Case Commons’ sole mission is to improve life outcomes for vulnerable children and families by putting the best possible technology in the hands of social service professionals. Case Commons is also the developer of Casebook®, the first person-centric, mobile, and cloud-based case management application designed specifically to support better decision making at all levels of public child welfare agencies. Casebook, which went live as the core of the State of Indiana’s child welfare IT ecosystem in 2012, is the winner of a Code for America Technology Award as well as UX Magazine’s International Design for Experience Award.