Why We Created the Blueprint Campaign

We developed the Blueprint Campaign as a resource for our members to educate, engage and brief the public, lawmakers and the media about the system of care in Florida.

The blueprint follows the history of Florida’s community-based system of care, beginning in 1999 when the first CBC was introduced to the state, and outlines the improvements in child welfare statistics throughout the years. During this time, the system was fully resourced and funded, translating into a system of care that was one of the best-functioning in the country.

In more recent years, we have seen a decrease in funding, and an increase in children entering care. This increase stems from several national issues including the opioid crisis, and enhanced safety measures by Child Protective Services (CPS).

The blueprint is part of an education campaign to show the benefits of our CBC system, and equips child welfare providers with a clear and consistent message on the capabilities of our system. When our system is fully resourced, we see a decrease in the number of children in care; however, when the system is underfunded and under-resourced, we begin to see failures and deficits.

We believe that a look at the past provides a blueprint for the future. Our community-based system of care should be a model for achieving child welfare outcomes everywhere.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did the state’s child welfare system change after transitioning to a community-based model?

When the state first transitioned to a community-based model, the number of children in the state’s care decreased, and the percentage of children who were reunified with their families within one or two years more than doubled.

Caseworkers were professionalizing their field and their caseloads were decreasing. It wasn’t until 2014 that we started seeing deficits in care, when the state’s funding had decreased by 13 percent and the number of children entering care increased.

Why are community-based systems of care important?

Evidence shows that keeping children in their communities is important for their development. Having a community-based system allows children to stay in their schools and neighborhoods, where they can rely on critical bonds with friends, family and school administration during a potentially traumatizing time.

What do the colors on the blueprint mean?

The colors correlate with the different phases of the child welfare system.

The beginning section is in yellow and coordinates with an improvement in the system. During this period, the number of children in the state’s care dropped drastically and more children were reunified with their families.

The phase after this improvement is red and coordinates with a decline in resources and funding for our system of care. This is when we see the numbers of children in care begin to increase to where they were before our CBC system was created.

Where is the data from?

The data is from child welfare organizations and agencies, such as the Florida Department of Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and other child welfare institutions and experts.

What does the blueprint campaign hope to accomplish?

The goal of the blueprint campaign is for it to become a tool for agencies to educate and engage the public, media and lawmakers about the benefits of the CBC system.

Another goal is to help lawmakers and communities better understand how our community of care works and how it can thrive as a system of success when it is properly funded and resourced by the state.

Can I order hard-copies of the blueprint?

Yes, to order blueprints email [email protected].

What’s the website?

The online blueprint campaign can be found at www.flchildrenblueprint.org

Citations can be found at www.flchildrenblueprint.org/category/citations