The Pelican Center for Children & Families is a Louisiana non-profit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for Louisiana's children & families.
The Pelican Center focus is on intensive coordinated interdisciplinary training and education of child welfare practitioners (children's and indigent parents' attorneys, judges, child protection staff, CASAs, foster parents, district and child welfare agency attorneys and others.
Over time the Pelican Center will be involved with each of the following major Court Improvement Program (CIP) areas of work:
- Data Projects;
- Improving the quality of legal representation for children and indigent parents;
- Improving the quality of hearings, especially through greater participation by children and foster parents;
- Overseeing projects and approaches to improve child well-being outcomes;
- Improving ICWA compliance;
- Ensuring CIP Participation in the federal child welfare system review process;
- Encouraging efforts related to continous quality improvement (CQI) of global child welfare outcomes
Improving Global Outcomes for Children:
Safety, Permanency, Child & Family Well-being
- Children are first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
- Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and appropriate.
- Children have permanency and stability in their living situations.
- The continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children.
- Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children's needs.
- Children receive appropriate services to meet their educational needs.
- Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.
Meaningful, On-going Collaboration
- Regular meetings of stakeholders
- Joint initiatives aimed at improved outcomes
- Evidence-based best-practice information dissemination
- Online and in-person
- CLE and Interdisciplinary Training
- "Together We Can" Conference
- University Alliance Partnership
Data Collection and Analysis
- CLARO website www.clarola.org
- Integrated Juvenile Justice Information System
- Model Court
- Federal Child & Family Services Review