The Center for Child Welfare Practice Innovation

The Center for Child Welfare Practice Innovation (CCWPI) is a Category II (academic) center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Funded by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and partnered with the New York Office of Children’s Services (OCS) and the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), the CCWPI is charged with leadership in New York State and around the United States for the quality of care for children in the Child Welfare System. The Child Welfare System is managed by states and counties across the United States and is responsible for protecting children exposed – or at risk to be exposed - to child abuse and neglect.

The CCWPI develops, disseminates, and evaluates tools and programs to help the child welfare system address the needs of children in their care. These tools and programs include:

  • The Child Outcomes Information System-Child Welfare Version (CHOIS-CW): CHOIS-CW is a version of the Child Study Center’s web-based clinical data system, adapted for the needs of Child Welfare Agencies. CHOIS-CW enables any child welfare agency to screen all their children to identify who are at risk for mental health problems and, of those at risk, determine what type of intervention they may need. CHOIS-CW then tracks of clinical improvements in all children who receive intervention to enable a child welfare agency to improve the quality of their services and interventions.
  • Child Welfare Practice Laboratories: Under our guidance and in partnership with the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress and local NCTSN centers, 16 child welfare agencies from across the United States participate in a process of implementing and evaluating best practices with a view to improving those practices and spreading knowledge about their quality.
  • NYU-KVC Midwest Trauma Training Center:  In partnership with KVC Health Care, we train child welfare and mental health providers on the best practices for treating traumatized children. This training center serves children in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Kentucky, and West Virginia.
  • Trauma Systems Therapy for Foster Care (TST-FC): In partnership with, and partially funded by, the Anne E, Casey Foundation, TST-FC is an adaptation of Trauma Systems Therapy, specifically for the needs of children in foster care. This project disseminates and evaluates TST-FC in child welfare system in Maryland and in Ohio.