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CWDS is a collaboration of state and local government agencies dedicated to building a new child welfare information system that responds to users' needs while maintaining the best standards for security and data integrity. Our Child Welfare Services - California Automated Response and Engagement System (CWS-CARES) will allow child welfare workers to better ensure safety, well-being, and permanency of children at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
We are developing the CWS-CARES incrementally, using Agile software development methods and free and open source software. Our goal is to provide a system with a more intuitive user experience and new capabilities not provided by the CWS/CMS, LIS, and FAS legacy systems.