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Since 2006, Santa Cruz County has maintained a System Improvement Plan (SIP) Steering Committee that is charged with oversight and monitoring of the County’s SIP strategies and action steps. In 2014, the SIP Steering Committee was instrumental in collaboratively working with Santa Cruz County FCS and Juvenile Probation to assess performance on critical child welfare and probation outcomes, which resulted in the 2015‐2020 System Improvement Plan (SIP). Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the SIP Steering Committee was able to engage in the 2020-2025 SIP process and the final plan has been developed.

The SIP Steering Committee, chaired by County Supervisor Bruce McPherson and the FCS Director, continues to meet quarterly to monitor the SIP. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please see the 2022 SIP Committee Meeting Calendar for committee meeting dates and times.

County of Santa Cruz 2020-2025 System Improvement Plan

Child Abuse & Neglect Mandated Reporter Training- September 23rd Virtual Recording

The Child Abuse & Neglect Mandated Reporter Training is a clinical exploration of child abuse and neglect risk factors, warning signs, and interventions methods. This training will harness your existing knowledge of child abuse and neglect and will propel your understanding of the child welfare system in Santa Cruz County forward.

Participants will:

  1. Be able to describe the steps needed to make a child abuse or neglect report.
  2. Be able to identify at least one warning sign for neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, and sexual abuse.
  3. Be able to name three risk factors that are related to child abuse and neglect.


Instructor: Keli Kopeck, M.S, Program Manager for Family and Children’s Services, has worked in the field of Child Welfare for 27 years as a Social Worker, Supervisor, Staff Development Trainer and Sr. Analyst.

Below you can access the webinar recording and presentation material:

Child Abuse & Neglect Mandated Reporter Training Material (PDF, 1.3 MB)