COLUMBUS – The Division of Children and Family Services stopped in Columbus on Wednesday as part of a series of statewide informational meetings on a new childcare practice model.
The new model that CFS is planning on implementing is called Safety Organized Practice, which is designed to assist caregivers in building good working relationships with partners and families to enhance child safety. CFS Director Matthew Wallen says that SOP is not only a continuation of existing practices, but also enhances those practices to give families the skills and tools to safely raise their own children.
The sessions were attended by members of the Columbus community, and provided attendees with an outline of the key points of SOP. Attendees also had the opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns about the practice, with national experts on SOP being on-hand to provide clarification.
CFS held previous sessions this week in Ogallala, Kearney, and Grand Island, and will finish up their week-long presentations in Lincoln and Omaha on Thursday and Friday. Wallen says that a breakdown of the SOP model will soon be available on the CFS website for those interested in learning about the practice, and CFS will adopt the principles in 2019.