CWDS Update
Volume 1, Issue 2
March 17, 2013
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Welcome to the Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) Update newsletter. CWDS is a collaboration of California state and local government agencies that supports our customers through technology to assure the safety, well-being, and permanency of children at risk of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Follow major project milestones here. We look forward to your feedback.
In This Issue

CWDS Reaches Milestone of First Software Release

Child Welfare Digital Services (CWDS) has reached a major milestone, delivering the project’s first software release for testing and technical feasibility to a small subset of county users.  Read the full story at

Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines on Our Progress

We sat down with Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines to understand his perspective on the the progress that is being made in the development of digital services. Watch the video here:
CWDS Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines Discusses Project's Progress
Digital Services Director Kevin Gaines

CWDS Website Gets An Update

Our website has a new look and feel to make navigation easier. In particular, check out the Intake Digital Services page, which includes: The website is still under development and we welcome your thoughts on how we can make it more useful to you. Over the course of the next several months, CWDS will be migrating content from the legacy CWS/CMS website and the CWS/CMS portal website to this new platform. The new site is where users will go to login to access digital services.

Join Us on 4/11 at the Quarterly Stakeholder Forum

ConCWDS conducts monthly solution demonstrations of the products we are building via WebEx web conference. Once a quarter, we hold the solution demo as a part of a larger agenda at our Quarterly Stakeholder Forum, held both at our CWDS Sacramento campus as well as webcast. Both events are recorded and posted to our website for those who are unable to attend.

The Quarterly Stakeholder Forum will be held on Tuesday, April 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. PDT as follows:

10:00 - 12:00   General Session & Monthly Solution Demo: April 2017
1:00 - 3:00        Breakout Sessions (concurrent):

  • Intake
  • Certification, Approval, & Licensing Services (CALS)
  • Technology
    Note: The Technology Breakout session will end at 2:30 to allow for Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to meet.
Click the button below to register to attend the Quarterly Stakeholder Forum in person or via web conference:
Register for 4/11 Quarterly Forum

Video Archive: March 14 Solution Demo on CALS Facilities Search and Security Audit and Non-Repudiation

CWDS conducts monthly solution demonstrations of the products we are building via WebEx web conference. Click here to watch the most recent solution demo held by DWDS Digital Service teams.

ADPQ Vendor Pool Refresh Is Happening here

CWDS, in partnership with the California Department of Technology, continues to work on a refresh of the Agile Development Pre-Qualified Vendor Pool. On February 7, a Request for Information was released to increase the current pool of 11 agile vendors up to 30. The pool was originally established in July 2016 to identify and hire experts in agile development, while reducing time and administrative costs. Read more here.

CWDS Is Hiring!

We are actively recruiting to fill a number of important technology-related positions at CWDS. With the support of skilled, dedicated employees and the goal to improve the lives of children at risk of abuse and neglect, CWDS employees are committed to working in an agile environment to make this happen. If you are looking for new challenges and a rewarding profession, visit the Job Opportunities page on our website and consider joining our team!
Events Calendar
4/11 - Quarterly Stakeholder Forum (at CWDS & webcast)
5/16 - Solution Demo (webcast)
6/20 - Solution Demo (webcast)

See registration details for the Quarterly Forum above. Registration is required. CWDS Communications will provide registration details for webcast events in future issues of the CWDS Update.


Monthly Reports and Quarterly Stakeholder Forum materials are available here.

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