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Child & Family Services (CFS) State Plan

Virginia's Five Year State Plan for Child and Family Services (2015-2019) is a 5-year strategic plan that sets forth the vision and goals to be accomplished to strengthen Virginia's child welfare system. The goals and objectives of the plan must address improved outcomes in the following areas:

  • Safety of children;
  • Permanency for children;
  • Well-being of children and their families; and
  • Nature, scope, and adequacy of existing child, family and related social services.

This plan meets the required assurances and includes several additional plans. Those plans include: Continuations of Operations, Virginia State Plan for the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), Virginia Child Welfare Staff and Provider Training, and Foster and Adoptive Parent Diligent Recruitment Plan.

Since the CFSP process began in 1994, there have been four complete five-year cycles (FYs 1995 - 1999, FYs 2000 - 2004, FYs 2005 - 2009, and FYs 2010 - 2014). Each year, an Annual Progress Services Report (APSR) has been filed updating the progress made on the plan. VDSS has coordinated the CFSP with the Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) and subsequent program improvement plan (PIP) in order to improve the child welfare system in the State. For the first time, the CFSP incorporates the Federal CFSR statewide assessment as well.

The Virginia Child and Family Services Plan:

  1. Articulates Virginia's vision to strengthen permanent family connections for children and youth;
  2. Promotes every child achieving his or her greatest potential and for families to be empowered to provide support for their children;
  3. Strives to achieve a more comprehensive and effective service delivery system for children and families that is coordinated, integrated, family-focused and culturally relevant;
  4. Interweaves the state practice model throughout to promote leadership, policy and practice statewide to be based on these shared beliefs and principles.

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