CANS Data Extract

California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and Counties have expressed a need for access to the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) data entered into CARES-Live to better monitor use and adoption by staff, as well as for the larger purpose of monitoring progress for youth in addressing their needs and evaluating the effectiveness of services/interventions. CWDS and CDSS have worked together to develop a data extract which CDSS will use to match with DHCS data collected by Mental Health.
The CDSS Business Intelligence and Child Welfare Statistics Bureau (BICWSB) have developed instructions for counties to receive client-level CANS data entered into CARES-Live through a Secure File Data Transfer (SFT) portal on a monthly basis. Please contact to receive information regarding the creation/deletion of SFT accounts.

CWS-CARES 2.2 Release


The CWS-CARES team has scheduled release activity that will interrupt connectivity to the CWS-CARES application. The release activity will begin at 09:00AM on February 09, 2019 and conclude at 12:00PM. During this scheduled outage users will not be able to access the CWS-CARES application.


CWS-CARES 2.2 is scheduled for release to Core Constituents on Saturday, February 9, 2019. It will then be followed by a single statewide go live on Monday, February 25, 2019. The CWS-CARES 2.2 release will include enhancements to CANS, Facility Search & Profile, Child Welfare History Snapshot, and the CWS-CARES Dashboard. The CWS-CARES 2.2 Release Notes describes the details of this release. In addition, there are interim processes for system features not working as designed and known bugs. Counties can access the CWS-CARES Release Notes and Interim Processes for CWS-CARES 2.2 on the CWSD website at

1. Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Assessment (CANS)
•    Improve application usability
•    Provide role-based dashboards for Supervisors, CWS Case Carrying Workers, and Non-Case Carrying Workers
•    Search for and use child information from CWS/CMS
•    Provide Change Log Information
•    Present CANS rating summary with strengths, needs, and immediate action information
•    Automatically redact confidential items when the CANS is printed

2. Facility Search and Profile
•    Display capacity and adjusted capacity from CWS/CMS
•    Allow use of special characters, such as / \ " ( ) [ ] { } , in Facility Name field

3. Child Welfare History Snapshot
•    Display all active addresses on the Person Card
•    Do not display clients that were merged in CWS/CMS

Note:  Child Welfare History Snapshot is only available to the Intake Core Constituents Representatives in production.

Action Required:
If users experience any issues with CWS-CARES, please follow your county process for reporting issues or you may contact the CWDS Service Desk at 1-855-292-3444.

CANS Sprint Review 7.2

The CANS Team held a sprint review on May 31 to discuss their progress on the project. Review the presentation slides and webinar online.