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Practice Model

DCS Practice Model

The Department of Child Services' practice model includes principles and skills to effectively implement the agency's vision, mission and values. We at DCS empower our team, in collaboration with state and local partners to make decisions in the best interest of every child in our care by embracing child safety, permanency, collaborative partnerships with foster and adoptive families, diversity, equity and inclusion, a culture of safety and transparency, and continuous improvement. Additionally, the practice model is grounded in standards of authenticity, empathy, respect and professionalism. These principles guide DCS in developing trust-based relationships with children, families, and stakeholders. Similarly, DCS focuses on these standards when engaged with co-workers as a sign of mutual respect, trust and support for fellow team members.

You can see a detailed representation of the practice model here.

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