CWDS Intake - Scrum Teams 1 through 4 Sprint Review

Intake - Scrum Teams 1 through 4 sprint review to be held on Jan. 25 to discuss their progress on the project. Join via webinar, link pending. 

Intake - Scrum Teams 1 through 4 Sprint Review

Intake and Scrum Teams 1 through 4 sprint review to be held January 11 to discuss their progress on the project. Attend the webinar online.

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:

Intake and TPT1 Sprint Review 4.6

Intake and TPT1 held a sprint review on Nov. 14 to discuss their progress on the project.  Review the presentation slides and webinar online.

Intake and TPT1 Sprint Review 4.5

Intake and TPT1 held a sprint review on Nov. 2 to discuss their progress on the project. Click here to view the presentation slides.

CWDS Demos Software at National Conference

This week, CWDS Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines and Intake Digital Service Product Owner Jeff Dent (pictured below) gave a demonstration to share progress on the project’s Intake Digital Service software development at the ISM Conference in Washington D.C.  The conference brings together state and local IT innovators, federal partners, and industry experts to promote solutions that support the mission and vision of Health and Human Services programs nationwide.


Intake Digital Service Update

The Digital Services Intake team held a two-day county workshop with Los Angeles, Ventura, Butte, Fresno and Yolo counties here in Sacramento. One of the primary goals of the workshop was to develop and mock up the investigations conclusion page and the investigations dashboard for CWS-NS.

The team spent the morning story boarding and working out potential page views for the investigations conclusion page. Then the team broke into two groups with one developing page prototypes and the other writing real world scenarios to test against the prototypes. The two groups later reconvened and walked through the scenario using mocked up screens. This lead to some very valuable discussion between the teams and the ability to modify and improve the proposed pages on the spot. This design-build process allows counties and the project team to work collaboratively on real world scenarios that meet the needs of social workers and supervisors based on how they work today. This process also lets us identify where there are duplications of effort and reduce redundancies whenever possible. Please click here to view the team's presentation materials. 

Intake Snapshot Demo

Intake conducted a solution demonstration for the Snapshot feature on Oct. 10. Click here to view the webinar. 

Intake and TPT1 Sprint Review 4.3

Intake held a sprint review on Oct. 4 to discuss their progress on the project. Click here to view the presentation slides.

CWDS Intake Demonstration

The Intake team conducted a solution demonstration on Sept. 22. Click here to view the presentation slides.