CWDS Greenfield Selection

All County CWS Directors, Probation Chiefs, CWS SPOCs, Probation SPOCs and Regional Meeting Chairpersons:
CWDS is excited to announce that the Resource Family Approval (RFA) Application Portal was selected as the demonstration module, which is referred to as “Greenfield.” This is a module with no connectivity to the Child Welfare Services/Case Management System (CWS/CMS) and allows the Project to test the delivery approach, demonstrate product value to counties, while establishing an effective implementation approach. The Project committed to releasing this piece of functionality within a six-month period, and the anticipated release date is late 2021.
Although a broad list of “Greenfield” candidates was initially considered, the Project narrowed the list down to the following three candidates for a further detailed analysis, one of which would ultimately be selected as the “Greenfield” module:

  • Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) Prevention Plan
  • Resource Family Approval (RFA) Application Portal
  • Post-Adoption Services Database
All three candidates offer varying degrees of value; however, based on a great deal of research, surveying, and analysis, the RFA Application Portal has been selected as the “Greenfield” candidate. Although the FFPSA Prevention Plan and Post-Adoption Services Database were not selected as the demonstration module, the invaluable research and analysis done will be included in future CWS-CARES development.
The “Greenfield” selection of the RFA Application Portal was approved by both the CWDS Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and the CWDS Board of Directors. Before development can begin, the “Greenfield” selection must be approved by our Federal oversight, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF). Once the Project receives approval, an official announcement will be made along with a list of counties selected to pilot the RFA Portal.
This is an exciting time for CWDS, and we are looking forward to our continued work together as we build the CWS-CARES system!

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