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CWDS Names New System ‘CWS-CARES’, Prepares for First Statewide Product Release

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) today announced the name, CWS-CARES, for the new system under development to replace the legacy Child Welfare System (CWS/CMS). The team also unveiled a Project Roadmap of upcoming features, including its first statewide release of a search tool called Snapshot.


Working in partnership with the California Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), the project formerly referred to as New System is now called Child Welfare Services - California Automated Response and Engagement System (CWS-CARES). The process to name the new system included a collaborative effort with child welfare directors and staff. Project stakeholders are confident that the new name captures what the new system will deliver to users across the state.


In addition, the project revealed a Project Roadmap that details digital service functionality roll out dates for Intake, CALS (Licensing) and Case Management. The Roadmap covers a 15-month window of project releases, starting in July 2017 through September 2018 and provides a logical model illustrating general timeframes, which may shift due to agile development priorities. Snapshot is the first digital service tool to be rolled out as a part of the Project Roadmap.


Scheduled to go live early next year, Snapshot allows staff to search for one or more persons and view the history of their involvement with child welfare, including referrals and cases, in a fraction of the time that it currently takes to do the same work in CWS/CMS. Specifically, Snapshot gives staff the ability to search for people across CWS/CMS from a single field, see each person’s current contact information and demographics, and view an at-a-glance summary of their CWS history. The tool also includes a way to easily copy and paste key information which will greatly enhance workflow for staff. The CWS-CARES Implementation Team is scheduled to provide a number of services for counties to prepare for Snapshot.


A demonstration of the new tool will be given this Monday, December 4, from 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Please join us via WebEx by following this meeting link. The event will also be livestreamed at:

Case Management Sprint Review 05.1

Case Management held a sprint review on Nov. 29 to discuss their progress on the project. Click here to view the presentation slides.

CALS Sprint Review 05.1

A CALS sprint review was held on Nov. 29 to discuss their progress on the project. Review the presentation slides and webinar online.

Northern Regional User Group Presentation - Update

Child Welfare Digital Services delivered a project update to the Northern Regional User Group on Nov. 28. Review the CWS-CARES and CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

CWDS Quarterly Legislature Update FY2017/18 Q2

Child Welfare Digital Services produces a quarterly report for the Legislature and stakeholders to follow as the project works to replace the CMS/CWS legacy system. Click here to read the FY 2017/18 Q2 report online.

Southern Regional User Group Presentation - Update

Child Welfare Digital Services delivered a project update to the Southern Regional User Group on Nov. 16. Review the CWS-CARES and CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

CALS and TPT2 Sprint Review 4.6

CALS and TPT2 held a sprint review on Nov. 15 to discuss their progresson the project. Click on the following links to view the materials:

CALS Presentation Slides
CALS Webinar
TPT2 Webinar

Mountain Valley Regional User Group Presentation - Update

Child Welfare Digital Services delivered a project update to the Mountain Valley Regional User Group on Nov. 15. Review the CWS-CARES and CWS/CMS presentation slides online.

CWDS Project Update

CWDS sends weekly project updates to stakeholders who subscribe to our eNewsletter. Click here to view this week’s update, or sign-up to receive futute eNewsletters.

Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman to Speak at CWDS on Nov. 15

Please join us at the next CWDS Noon Speaker Series for a special presentation by Free Software Foundation President Richard Stallman, a legendary and world renowned activist for free (libre) software.

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS), California governments’ largest and most innovative project, is seeking to fundamentally change the way state government develops software by leveraging free (libre) software, agile methodologies, and user centered design.  One of the project’s main principles is to research, design, develop and operate a solution that is compatible with the GNU General Public License (GNU GPL), and is thus available to be copied and used as a public good by other government agencies and the public at large.

About the Speaker

Richard Matthew Stallman (RMS) founded the free software movement in 1983 when he announced the project to develop the GNU operating system, which is a freedom-respecting operating system meant to consist entirely of free software, and has been the project’s leader ever since. He then founded the Free Software Foundation in 1985, of which he is president as a full-time volunteer.  In 1992, the last gap in GNU was filled by the recently freed kernel Linux, producing the GNU/Linux combination that has become widely used.

Since the mid-1990’s, RMS has spent most of his time in political advocacy for free software, spreading the ethical ideas of the movement and campaigning against both software patents and dangerous extension of copyright laws. The term "free software" refers to liberty, not price.

It is distributed under the terms that allow users to run the software for any purpose as well as study, change, and distribute it and any adapted versions.

Details include:

WHO:                   Richard Stallman (RMS)

WHAT:                 Noon Speaker Series - Discussion About Free (Libre) Software

WHEN:                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017

                              12:00pm – 2:30pm

WHERE:               Child Welfare Digital Services
                              2870 Gateway Oaks Drive
                              Sacramento, CA 95833