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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). Currently, the County is in the midst of the next cycle’s County Self-Assessment (CSA), which will then lead to the development of the 2020-2025 SIP. Please see the Process Map for the CSA and SIP process.

This 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 2020 SIP Committee Meeting Calendar for committee meeting dates and times.

NOTICE: The September 21 SIP Steering Committee meeting has been cancelled due to COVID-19 prevention measures and the impacts of the fires.

County of Santa Cruz 2015 Systems 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)