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Our Practice Model

The Arkansas child welfare practice model describes all of our efforts to renew our work with families and aligns us more readily with our division’s mission. It reflects our goals, our principles, our casework process, our daily interactions and our decisions. It is not spelled out in any single document. Instead it is increasingly a part of everything we do and is reflected in every document we write and use.

The practice model is the way our systems work together to serve children and families.

Practice Model Goals


Our practice model unites our casework process with an approach that values and supports families at every step of a family’s encounter with our system. The goals of our practice model are:

Principles to Guide Best Practices


Along with our goals, we support the practice model by looking for ways to incorporate the following principles into every encounter we have when working on behalf of families.

We believe…

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