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Enabling social workers to ensure child safety and family stability

Child welfare organisations across the United States face unprecedented challenges and Idaho is no exception. Caseloads are rising and every day, social workers must make decisions that affect child safety and family stability. At the same time, they must comply with national Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS) standards, which were created to modernise child welfare systems and reduce the cost of maintaining them.

To respond to these challenges, Idaho’s Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) partnered with Deloitte to implement Ensuring Safety and Permanency in Idaho (ESPI), a CCWIS-compliant child welfare technology solution built on cloud-native Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Microsoft Power Platform.

The department’s business goals for this engagement included:

  • Managing cases and delivering services more efficiently
  • Streamlining administrative processes
  • Meeting CCWIS standards
  • Improving the department’s effectiveness through data-driven decision-making

"With Deloitte’s help, we are setting the standard for transformational delivery of child welfare services, helping to keep children safer and families healthier."

Greg Kunz, Strategic Business Office Lead, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

What happened next


The ESPI design leveraged existing Deloitte child welfare modules as well as child welfare best practices. This foundation made it feasible to configure a fully functioning child welfare solution that met the department’s needs from the outset.

Deloitte delivered the solution using an Agile methodology and a phased implementation approach, starting with intake and proceeding through other child welfare business processes—to support adoption by various user groups.

Human-centred design guided the configuration of the solution throughout the project. Technical architecture was built on FedRAMP-compliant government cloud and, in addition to Dynamics and Power Platform, used Microsoft Azure services.

Deloitte deployed ESPI in 24 months with three releases—on time and on budget. Following the final release and a month-long period of after-deployment support, DHW assumed responsibility for operations and maintenance, according to plan.

The wins

  • Allowed Idaho DHW to provide a modern user experience—such as mobility and a caseworker portal—and a stable, scalable cloud platform
  • Increased caseworker ability to focus on child well-being and family engagement
  • Optimised ongoing total cost of ownership (TCO)
  • Reduced implementation risk and supported a faster implementation timeline


Alex Mezhinsky
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tel: +1 412 402 5902

Suguna Sundaravadivel
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tel: +1 804 697 1534

Kalpesh Galiya
Deloitte Consulting LLP
Tel: +1 212 313 1673