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Center for Child Welfare – Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) – California, Nevada, and Cuyahoga Co., OH.


Pam Menendez

Principal Investigators:

  • Pam Menendez

The Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) began in 2009 as a collaborative effort with California Department of Social Services (CDSS), the County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA) and the Youth Law Center with support from the Stuart, Walter S. Johnson, and David B. Gold Foundations. This project has begun dialogue in Nevada and Ohio for a similar collaboration. The Center provides the technology to allow for the remote collaboration of the California, Nevada, and Ohio Partners and the Youth Law Center to develop a statewide approach to recruiting and retaining caregivers.


The goals of the initiative is to develop a statewide approach to recruiting and retaining high-quality caregivers to provide excellent care to children in California’s Child Welfare System. Over the past year, nine California counties have begun to implement this approach. The Center will facilitate webcast and provide technical assistance before, during, and after live events.

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