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Gray Transition Team Notes CFSA’s ‘Weak Management’

In its report on health and human services, Mayor Vince Gray's transition team outline key areas that need improvement with various District agencies. The report [PDF], submitted by Maria Gomez and Peter Edelman, suggests the District's Child and Family Services Agency needs a lot of work.

Among the five issues highlighted, the team noted the agency must address its "weak management and top-heavy agency structure." Ouch.

The other points the team stressed:

* "Shift focus to preventing abuse and maintaining children in families, to address the expensive and harmful current practice of unnecessarily removing children from their birth families."

* "Implement key policy and practice changes to improve use of kinship care."

*Review performance of Collaboratives and chart course forward—either reengineering investment in prevention entirely; keep some dispense with others; or retain Collaboratives but require them to measure and report outcomes publicly."

*"Contract out services for older youth to providers with strong track records in youth education and development (agency currently receives $1M in federal funding to assist youth aging out of the system and reports only serving 30 youth)."

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