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  Stakeholder Collaboratives' Charters:

The NRCOI helped jurisdictions forge better working partnerships with their child welfare stakeholders at the state or regional levels.  In some of these jurisdictions, we have also helped the child welfare agency and its partners develop and implement a charter, formally establishing a stakeholder collaborative. A charter is a written instrument, executed by the participating parties, that formally specifies an entity's purpose and other elements of its work.

Benefits of having a formal charter...
bullet It is an instrument that will help others to understand the purpose of the collaborative.
bullet A charter can help the collaborative’s credibility—it provides a formal definition and identity.
bullet It can help other potential partners understand how they can participate in the work of the collaborative.
bullet A charter can help establish a system of accountability—it defines the purposes, functions, relationships, boundaries, and responsibilities.  Defining these can help the collaborative remain functional and productive.
Charters typically include the following sections...
bullet Background/Group Name
bullet Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles and Values of the Collaborative
bullet Membership and Term
bullet Leadership, Roles, Functions and Standing Committees
bullet Boundaries, Limitations, Authority and Accountability
bullet Decision-Making Process
bullet Amending the Charter
bullet Signatures/Dates
Charters have been developed to assist...
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    State-level health, education and welfare collaboratives
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    State-level child welfare advisory committees (for example, to ensure stakeholder collaboration in the State’s Child and Family Services Review)
bullet State-level State and Tribal child welfare collaboration
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    State-level child welfare practice improvement initiatives
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    Child welfare systems of care
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    Child welfare quality improvement stakeholder collaboratives
bullet Child welfare supervision improvements and supports

Below are summaries and links to charters the NRCOI has helped jurisdictions create and implement or, alternately, charters developed by jurisdictions that NRCOI did not help create but have collected. The terms charter, bylaws, and committee charge are synonymous.

You can also access a document containing all of the information linked below here.

Alabama - Child Welfare Supervisory Leadership Council
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Alaska - Supervisors' Leadership Council
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Colorado - Project Operations and Implementation Team (POIT)
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Iowa - Child and Family Services Stakeholder Panel
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Missouri - Child Welfare Supervision Advisory Committee
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
North Carolina - Child Welfare Supervision Advisory Committee
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
North Carolina - Collaborative for Children, Youth and Families
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Rhode Island - Policy and Practice Standards Work Group
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Tennessee - Smoky Mountain Assessment and Resource Team Charter
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Virginia - State Child Welfare Advisory Committee
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Virginia - The Northern Shenendoah Valley Alliance for Children, Youth and Families
bullet Summary
bullet Charter
Wyoming - Supervisory Leadership Council
bullet Summary
bullet Charter

PLEASE NOTE: The Federal grant for the NRCOI ended on September 29, 2014. This website is remaining live to keep the resources and information the NRCOI has published throughout the years easily accessible. This information is not being updated.

 
 

 

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