Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau awarded a cooperative agreement to The University of Texas at Arlington, School of Social Work, Center for Child Welfare to work in collaboration with University of Denver’s Butler Institute for Families and the Native American Training Institute, over a five year period to establish the Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC). Our Implementation Center provides services to tribal and state child welfare agencies in federal Regions VI and VIII.

Goals of MPCWIC

The MPCWIC team enters into formal partnerships with States and Tribes in its assigned geographic service area to:

  • facilitate sustainable systems change through Implementation projects that will take 2 to 4 years to complete
  • provide implementation expertise through intensive long term technical assistance
  • execute projects intended to achieve sustainable, systemic practice change
  • implement strategies that result in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families
  • facilitate peer to peer learning and networking across State and Tribal child welfare agencies

Theoretical Framework

MPCWIC theoretical framework for providing guidance to States and Tribes is guided by the literature and science on implementation published over the past several years. We believe implementation does not happen all at once but in stages.

Our Approach

Our approach for each implementation project will focus on aligning technical assistance and evaluation with the six stages of implementation:

  1. Exploration
  2. Installation
  3. Initial implementation
  4. Full implementation
  5. Innovation
  6. Sustainability

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