The Department of Children's Services Performance-Based Contracting initiative is an overarching plan to achieve better outcomes for the children served in out-of-home care by DCS’ privately contracted providers.
Performance-Based Contracting uses an innovative approach that stresses permanency outcomes for children and utilizes a payment structure that reinforces provider agencies' efforts to offer services that improve those outcomes.
The outcomes DCS measures include:
- Improved timeliness and likelihood of permanency such as reunification, adoption, or guardianship.
- Fewer moves for children in foster care.
- Reduced instances of re-entries into care.