Child Welfare Summit Resources

A day of learning about Structured Decision Making (SDM) Safety and Risk Assessment. Dialogue with colleagues about the tools that support key decisions in child welfare to inform the Court. 

Resources

SDM® COURT REFERENCE SHEET: VERMONT FSD STAFF, DEPUTY STATE ATTORNEYS, AND ASSISTANT ATTORNEYS GENERAL

This resource provides a practice model reference guide that helps workers and Vermont DCF Family Services Division (FSD) attorneys to prepare for testifying in court hearings about the purpose, structure, and findings of the Structured Decision Making® (SDM) decision-support assessments as well as information gathered and discussed with families using practice model approaches and tools.

VERMONT COURT HEARING SDM® GUIDE

Purpose of This Document: This guide, organized by key hearings and judicial decisions, provides judicial officers with concise information and key questions they can use in considering and clarifying Vermont DCF Family Services Division (FSD) recommendations regarding children under its jurisdiction based on information that FSD staff should have from the relevant Structured Decision Making® (SDM) assessments.

FSW SDM Talking Points

This reference guide helps Vermont Family Services Workers (FSWs) to describe the general purpose and structure of the Structured Decision Making (SDM) assessment tools used by the Family Services Division to families, GALs, attorneys, service providers, and Courts.

SDM and the Courts PowerPointPDF

VT Summit Breakout Agenda

2023 Child Welfare Summit themes

Vermont Legislative Study Documents