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CARE Overview

What do we know about providing good residential care for children and what do we actually do?

Even though much has changed in child care over the last seventy years, the gap between what we know and what we do with the knowledge seems as wide as ever.

A framework for practice, based on a valid theory of how children change and develop, motivates both children and staff to adhere to routines, structures, and processes minimizing the potential for interpersonal conflict. Without a clear framework for providing care, there are lost opportunities throughout the day to help children achieve developmental and treatment goals. A framework for practice provides consistency in message and approach with the children and congruency throughout the organization.

The Children And Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) practice model, built on six principles that form the foundation for creating conditions for change in residential care, provides such a framework. These core principles: developmentally focused, family involved, relationship based, competence centered, trauma informed, and ecologically oriented, have a strong research and/or theoretical relationship to positive child outcomes, and can be incorporated into a wide variety of programs and treatment models.

The implementation of these principles to achieve congruence in the best interests of children throughout all levels of a residential care organization is the goal of the CARE practice model.

If you are interested in learning more about the RCCP's CARE Model, read our book, Children and Residential Experiences (CARE): Creating Conditions for Change.

To order the book now, click below; it may also be ordered from the Child Welfare League of America at


CARE is now listed as a Promising Research Evidence-based model

RCCP is very pleased to announce that our Children And Residential Experiences (CARE) program is now listed as a Promising Research Evidence based model by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC). The link to the listing is:…/children-and-residential-…/detailed

We want to extend our heartfelt thanks to our colleagues around the world for their hard work and dedication, and to our CARE agenciesfor their amazing contributions to this process.