Consortium for Children (CFC) was founded in 1999 with the intent to support and collaborate with public child welfare agencies, families, the court system and other participants in the public child welfare system to provide better outcomes for children and youth in foster care.
CFC’s initial program, Permanency Planning Mediation (PPM) was and is a partnership with the State of California Department of Social Services, California Counties and the Courts. PPM is currently used in about 42 of California's 58 Counties. When successful, Permanency Planning Mediation can minimize losses for the child and shorten their time in foster care. PPM can also provide significant cost avoidance for county public welfare agencies and the courts.
In 2002, CFC added Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE), a uniform home study methodology to our programs. Currently over 15 U. S. States and 6 Canadian Provinces use SAFE to assess families for adoption, foster care and kinship care. Currently SAFE is used to provide “safer and better” homes for almost half the children in the U.S. foster care system.
In 2004 CFC collaborated with the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services and the California Department of Social Services to create Connections, (called P-3 in Los Angeles County), a program that serves dependent youth ages 12 to 18 who will ultimately “age out” of the foster care system. The goal of this award winning program was to identify a permanent family for youth in danger of leaving the foster care system without anyone to provide them with love and guidance for the rest of their lives.