The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) contracted with WRMA to conduct the planning, design, development, and implementation of a national prototype Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SACWIS). The purpose of the project was to review existing child welfare information systems and Federal reporting requirements and then, working with a group of Federal and State representatives, to design and implement a prototype system that would meet all those disparate needs. During the life of this project, WRMA developed the SACWIS Technical Assistance Strategy, surveyed a half dozen leading State level systems, and developed an integrated data set that summarized the data reporting requirements of several major Federal programs. WRMA developed the base Federal SACWIS informational and functional requirements, the SACWIS Conceptual Design, and a working prototype of the model system. This prototype was subsequently used to provide technical assistance to many States in the basic design tenets of an integrated child welfare information system and in understanding the related Federal requirements that governed the receipt of Federal matching funds.   WRMA’s experience from this project, combined with their extensive experience and expertise in child welfare services and information systems development, has led to their contractual involvement in the planning, design, development, and implementation of SACWIS systems and in SACWIS Independent Verification and Validation efforts in more than 30 States including most recently Louisiana, Delaware, and Pennsylvania.

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