The RCCP and the organization work together to “co-create” a CARE implementation plan. This is tailored to meet the specific needs of the organization.

The typical four-year implementation process will move through four active phases, then into sustainability. 

  • What do we hope to gain from implementing CARE?
  • How have we prepared the organization? 
  • RCCP and organization members collaboratively begin planning and collecting baseline data.
  • Leaders assess strengths and challenges for implementation, and develop an implementation plan.
  • The plan will include a vision for CARE, development of an implementation team, plans for communication and data collection, identification of CARE educators, and allocation of required resources.
  • Develop agency CARE educators.
  • Train all staff in the CARE model.
  • Supervisors receive support for coaching and mentoring.
  • RCCP consultants provide on-site technical assistance, observations, and feedback.
  • The implementation team assesses early efforts and plans for further implementation.
  • Data is collected, analyzed, used in decision-making.
  • CARE principles are integrated throughout the organization.
  • Leaders and supervisors model application of CARE, encourage reflective practice, and support staff in developing CARE knowledge and skills.
  • Data-informed decision-making is the norm.
  • The organization develops internal systems and processes to monitor effectiveness and improve CARE integration.
  • The agency participates in an assessment of fidelity to the CARE model for certification.
CARE book cover

To learn more about the RCCP's CARE Model, read Martha Holden's book, Children and Residential Experiences (CARE): Creating Conditions for Change. To order the book now, click here; it may also be ordered from the Child Welfare League of America. It is also available as an audio book. Click here for a sample.

RCCP Portal LogoThe RCCP Portal is a secure, single user, and password protected site designated for certified CARE Educators and CARE organizations. It gives CARE educators web-based access to their status as a CARE educator and their training history with the RCCP.

CARE Certified Agencies logoAt the completion of the implementation period, the agency enters into a three-year sustainability agreement with the RCCP that provides for support and annual visits from Cornell consultants.

Once the agency and Cornell have determined that CARE is fully implemented throughout the organization, the agency participates in an assessment of fidelity to the CARE model for certification as a CARE agency. Certified CARE agencies receive assistance in sustaining CARE:

  • Continued contact with CARE consultants and annual visits
  • Access to regional and national CARE events
  • Continued use of post-training surveys and review of results
  • Certified CARE agencies may be invited to participate as members of the CARE Academy, and may serve as mentors for organizations new to implementation
CARE Certified Agencies
Baptist Children’s Home
P.O. Box 338
Thomasville, NC 27361
Black Mountain Home for Children, Youth, and Families
80 Lake Eden Rd.
Black Mountain, NC 28711
Blue Sky
13-15 Duffy Place
St. John’s, NL A1B 4M6
Brandon School and Residential Treatment Center
27 Winter St.
Natick, MA 01760
Children’s Center of Northwest NC
520 N. Main St., P.O. Box 692
Dobson, NC 27017
Community Health Resources
2 Waterside Crossing
Windsor, CT 06095
2975 Scottsville Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623
7432 County House Rd.
Auburn, NY 13021
1183 Monroe Ave.
Rochester, NY 14620
638 Squirrel Hill Rd.
Chenango Forks, NY 13746
Hoyleton Youth and Family Services
8 Executive Dr., Suite 200
Fairview Heights, IL 62208
Life Without Barriers Northern Territory
Level 1/60 Winnellie Rd.
Darwin City, NT 0821Australia
Life Without Barriers Queensland
34 Douglas St,
Milton, QLD 4064 Australia

Life Without Barriers South Australia
100 Greenhill Rd.
Unley, SA 5061 Australia

Life Without Barriers Tasmania
175 Collins St.
Hobart, TAS 7000 Australia
Life Without Barriers Western Australia
Level 1/632-634 Newcastle St, Leederville WA 6007 Australia
McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association
11016 - 127 St.,
Edmonton, AB T5M 0T2, Canada

Oak Hill Ranch
56119, Range Rd. 240
Bon Accord, AB T0A 0K0

Ranch Ehrlo Society
1951 Francis St.
Regina, SK S4N 6V1
Southmountain Children and Family Services
P.O. Box 3387
Morgantown, NC 28680
901 Washington Ave., Suite 100
Portland, ME 04103
St. Vincent’s Villa and Villa Maria School with Catholic Charities of Baltimore
2600 Pot Spring Rd.
Timonium, MD 21093
Waterford Country School
78 Hunts Brook Rd.
Quaker Hill, CT 06375

The CARE Academy consists of certified CARE agencies that have agreed to work collaboratively with Cornell University’s RCCP to continually improve the field of trauma-informed, evidence-based services for youth and families by supporting the implementation and improvement of the CARE model. Membership in The CARE Academy is voluntary, and by invitation.

Waterford Country School
78 Hunts Brook Road
Quaker Hill, CT 06375
Became the first CARE Academy member in the world in 2019.

Oak Hill Ranch
56119 Range Road 240
Bon Accord, AB TOA 0K0
Inagurated into the CARE Academy in 2020.

901 Washington Avenue, Suite 100
Portland, ME, 04103
Inagurated into the CARE Academy in 2020.

CARE Communities of Practice logoCommunities of Practice

CARE Communities of Practice (CoP) and regional events are held to give professionals from CARE organizations, and the RCCP, the opportunity to meet in facilitated CoP groups to share their experiences and learn from each other. Contact your RCCP CARE consultants for additional information.

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