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Using Strengths-Based Leadership to Improve the Child Welfare System

Abstract

The child welfare system has primarily focused on the safety of children even though the goals of the system are to improve safety, well-being, and permanency. Through an innovative use of strengths-based leadership and the restructuring of service delivery, the Neighborhoods for Kids program has demonstrated how to effectively achieve all three goals for children in the child welfare system. The unique infusion of strengths-based leadership into the child welfare system allowed staff to creatively meet the outcomes without any additional funding needed. The goal was to strengthen the leadership in East Region and increase staff engagement, which would in turn lead to improved performance as a child welfare system. By including staff in the process of developing a new model of child welfare service delivery, Neighborhoods for Kids meets or exceeds many State and Federal outcomes for child welfare services

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This paper was published in DigitalCommons@The Texas Medical Center.

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