About CWDS

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.

To view upcoming events, visit our Events Calendar. For past event videos and presentations, visit our Archive (The Feed). Sign-up for the CWDS eNewsletter to follow our progress.

Our Vision 

We will establish and maintain an innovative statewide 21st century information technology application that aids child welfare stakeholders in assuring the safety, permanency, and well-being of children at risk and abuse and neglect.

Our Values 

We are accountable to one another and to the public we serve.
We use collaborative processes to produce quality digital services.
Our teams are empowered to make and implement decisions. 
We foster an open environment that promotes and encourages transparency and trust.
Our culture is based on mutual respect.
Agile is more than our chosen software development methodology; it is the way we respond to a constantly changing environment.