As part of our work to integrate and streamline practices as a newly formed agency, DCYF has developed a draft strategic plan that provides the framework for our priorities:
The initial draft plan focused on five strategic priorities. With the integration of the Racial Equity Plan, DCYF is now focusing on six agency priorities. Over the next five years, DCYF will focus on these six strategic priorities:
- Eliminate racial disproportionalities and advance racial equity.
- Safely reduce the number/rate of children in out-of-home care by half.
- Create successful transitions to adulthood for youth and young adults in our care.
- Create a high-quality integrated B-8 system.
- Improve quality and intention of our practice.
- Improve quality and availability of provider services.
These strategic priorities are grounded in the agency's mission, vision, values and legislative purpose.
Before the creation of DCYF, funding and services were not always connected. The draft strategic plan helps our agency focus on how we serve children, youth, families and our communities as one entity. This framework helps to build on existing funding and services to strengthen our ability to serve families as well as to disrupt racial inequity and disproportionality in our systems.
There is more work ahead for us to accomplish the priorities set out in the draft plan. The process to gather feedback on the draft will continue over the next four months with plenty of opportunity for engagement with staff and stakeholders.
Opportunities to Engage
Due to COVID-19, outreach efforts for stakeholder, community, and staff feedback were halted but resumed in August. Additional feedback sessions began in December and will continue through February via webinars.