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Dismantling Racial Inequity #2: Community Collaboration and Grassroots Effort

This webinar is the second session of "Dismantling Racial Inequity Through Child Welfare Systems Change" webinar series and highlights the…

Working With "Hard to Reach" Populations

This webinar examined practices on how to work with populations that are difficult to reach and explores how those populations…

Let’s Talk about Safe Kids and Strong Families!

This report provides guidance to Alaskan communities about how they can help strengthen and support families and children, as well…

Decision-making in Child Protection: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This paper summarizes a study focused on the second cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being that…

Think Politically (2.5 minute Microlearning)

This microlearning (2 1/2 minutes) explains ways to think politically, one of the seven behaviors of adaptive leadership. Completing this course will  help…

Regulating Distress (3 minute microlearning)

This microlearning focuses on one of the seven behaviors of adaptive leadership – regulating distress. Completing this course will develop…

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Orchestrating Conflict (2 minute microlearning)

Heifetz and his co-authors identified seven major behaviors that can help you address challenges successfully and manage change. This microlearning…

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Get on the Balcony (3 minute microlearning)

This three minute microlearning course provides strategies for "getting on the balcony" which is one of the seven behaviors of…

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Change & the Roles People Play (2 minute microlearning)

At just over two minutes, this microlearning course provides an overview of the roles people play during different stages of…

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Your Guide to Holding Steady (3.5 minute microlearning)

This microlearning (3 1/2 minutes) explains ways to hold steady, one of the seven behaviors of adaptive leadership, during times…

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Workforce Development Quickbit Module 11: Creating a Supportive Community Context

People need to feel that as child welfare professionals, they are a valued partner in the larger community and that…

Differential Response Family Engagement Toolkit

This document outlines Family Engagement skill sets for the use with child welfare practitioners to enhance and improve their skills…

Systems of Care Policy Toolkit

This toolkit outlines how to forge policy to sustain system of care work and provides examples of legislation, memorandums of…

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Systems of Care Communication Toolkit

This toolkit incorporates successful communication strategies, communication products that supported the execution of these strategies, and lessons learned by various…

Systems of Care Coordination of Services and Service Array Toolkit

This toolkit outlines how to integrate a comprehensive array of services and supports to actualize your system of care, as…

Systems of Care Governance Toolkit

This toolkit addresses key issues and processes involved in conducting or supervising day-to-day operations associated with developing, implementing, and sustaining…

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Facing Racism in a Diverse Nation: A guide for public dialogue and problem solving

This guide outlines how to facilitate meaningful dialogue to examine gaps among racial and ethnic groups and create institutional and…

Engaging Parents, Developing Leaders: A Self-Assessment and Planning Tool for Nonprofits and Schools

This document introduces an assessment and planning tool to help enable nonprofit leaders to assess their organization’s family engagement and…

Engaging Community Stakeholders and Building Community Partnerships: Participant Workbook

This guide helps State leaders to begin encouraging ongoing stakeholder involvement by learning how to establish, sustain and incorporate these…

Engaging Community Stakeholders and Building Community Partnerships: Facilitator’s Guide

This guide helps State leaders to begin encouraging ongoing stakeholder involvement by learning how to establish, sustain and incorporate these…

Building and Sustaining Child Welfare Partnerships

This action brief summarizes systems of care evaluation findings related to collaboration and draws from the lessons learned by systems…

Strategic Planning: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document highlights the role of strategic planning in improving cross-sector partnerships in child welfare and identifies: 1) factors that contribute…

Engaging Parents: Innovative Approaches in Child Welfare

This document reviews innovative approaches that mitigate the obstacles to engaging parents in child welfare and includes recommendations on the…

State Statutes Related to the Indian Child Welfare Act

This webpage provides states' statutes related to strengthening, enhancing or complying with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Keywords: Native…

Stories of Parent Leadership

This webpage provides excerpts from interviews of parent leaders who work in their communities and nationally to help family support…

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Parent Leadership

This webpage provides approaches to mobilizing parents to be effective change agents on behalf of their children, and resources to…

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The Power of Stories: Enriching Program Research & Reporting - Brief

This brief summarizes a report that explores opportunities, considerations, and methods for using storytelling to understand and communicate information about…

The Power of Stories: Enriching Program Research & Reporting - Full Report

This report explores opportunities, considerations, and methods for using storytelling to understand and communicate information about social service programs in…

Planning With Youth in Transition: Tips, Tools and Techniques

This training course provides an overview of juvenile court rules related to older youth planning, explores transition assessment/planning tools, and…

Building Community, Building Hope

This video highlights three innovative programs working to prevent and respond to child maltreatment by engaging parents and communities and…

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Building and Sustaining Father Engagement

This training course explores methods to identify, locate and engage fathers, and the skills necessary to identify strengths and to…

A Family Center Spotlight on Father Engagement

This training course, by sharing an organization’s experience engaging fathers, helps individuals and organizations develop and/or grow a father engagement…

Parent Leadership Agency Self-assessment Tool

This tool helps agencies and organizations assess whether they are giving parents opportunities to develop and exercise leadership skills. (2008)

FRIENDS Parent Leadership Development Self-Assessment

This tool helps parent-led organizations and coalitions assess to what extent their network maintains parent leadership-friendly policies. (2008)

Supporting School Success: What Child Welfare and Education Leaders Can Do

This chart focuses on how policies and practices implemented in response to Fostering Connections can provide the foundation for collaborative…

Successful Models of Parent Leadership

This document shares action plans and progression of four parent leadership models in Kansas, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Virginia. (2008)

Promising Practices in Parent and Family Involvement 1997-2009

This comprehensive reference list includes a compilation of papers, reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and other relevant resources addressing promising practices…

Parent Organizing as a Strategy for Sustainable Policy Change

This report discusses parent organizing as a strategy for sustainable policy change and recommend steps funders can take to learn…

Parent Leadership: Successful Strategies

This document shares lessons from parents and organizations that have successfully engaged parents in leadership roles to help Community-Based Family…

Meaningful Parent Leadership: A Guide for Success

This guide provides a roadmap to State Lead Agencies seeking to enhance their engagement of parents as stakeholders and leaders…

Policy and Community Level Strategies for Integrating Children’s Behavioral Health Services

This brief explains Connecticut Network of Care Transformation (CONNECT) and an approach of integrated statewide network of care that ensures…

Family Leadership Self-assessment Tool for System-building Collaboratives

This tool is to help multi-agency collaborative system-building initiatives to assess whether they are supporting giving family members, such as…

Building Cross-System Implementation Centers

This report defines and explores the concept of Centers of Excellence after a learning community of experts tackled key questions:…

Building Collaborations Across Child Welfare and Education Systems

This report describes a statewide focus group study with Minnesota’s social service and education professionals on collaboration across child welfare…

Bridging Child Welfare and Education Systems

This infographic summarizes results from a statewide focus group study with Minnesota’s social service and education professionals on collaboration across…

States’ Consultation and Collaboration with Tribes and Reported Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

This report is a summary of the information states provided in their 2015–2019 Child and Family Services Plan’s (CFSP) in…

What Type of Community Is Your Organization Creating? (Self-Assessment)

This assessment measures how well an organization is promoting community engagement and creating social capital. It provides six key domains…

Two Cognitive Obstacles to Preventing Child Abuse: The “Other-Mind” Mistake and the “Family Bubble”

A report on a series of cognitive interviews that identifies two common mistakes in thinking that the public makes about…

Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)

This research and practice brief is a useful resource for states that seek to document compliance; and provides different approaches…

Making the Public Case for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

This memorandum synthesizes research findings and recommends strategies to communicate more effectively about child abuse and neglect. (2004)

How the News Frames Child Maltreatment: Unintended Consequences

This document summarizes some of the major patterns found in 120 news articles about child maltreatment – the key narratives,…

How to Talk About Government

This brief summary highlights the FrameWorks Institute’s research on public perceptions of government, key communication challenges, recommendations for reframing government,…

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Discipline and Development: A Meta-Analysis of Public Perceptions of Parents, Parenting, Child Development and Child Abuse

This report reviews research on child abuse, as well as existing publicly available opinion research regarding parenting, child development, child…

Developing Community Connections: Qualitative Research Regarding Framing Policies

This report reviews the findings from focus groups designed to test the impact of four frames about child abuse and…

Summary Research Memo: FrameWorks’ Analysis of Frame Effects on PCAA Policies and Implications for Messaging

This memorandum incorporates additional quantitative research on how Americans view a public role in supporting children and families and in…

Attending to Neglect: Using Metaphors and Explanatory Chains to Reframe Child Neglect in the UK

This report increases the public understanding of the causes of neglect by explaining the role of social determinants, as well…

Building a New Narrative on Human Services: A Communications Toolkit

This communications toolkit includes a collection of framing research, recommendations, and sample communications designed to help leading voices explain the…

Family Connections (OR)

This training curriculum was developed to teach the theoretical foundations, applications and facilitation skills required for a variety of collaborative…

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Supporting Meaningful Family Engagement (Part 2)

This video features the second part of a workshop on Meaningful Family Engagement, covering the ‘how to’ of family engagement…

Supporting Meaningful Family Engagement (Part 1)

This video features the first part of a workshop on meaningful visitation, family engagement, and dealing with siblings- particularity siblings…

Use of Cultural Brokers as an Approach to Community Engagement with African American Families in Child Welfare

This curriculum provides research highlights, historical perspectives, conceptual frameworks, approaches for community engagement, tools and experiential opportunities to strengthen social…

Factors That Help and Hinder Collaboration Between Substance Abuse and Child Welfare Fields

This study examines factors that help and hinder the process of collaboration between the fields of child welfare, substance abuse,…

An Experiment That Has Failed: Privatization of Child Welfare in Nebraska

This 2-page article critiques the statewide child welfare privatization initiative that was launched in Nebraska, concluding that the private system…

Community Partnerships Offer a Means for Changing Frontline Child Welfare Practice

This issue of SafeKeeping highlights what child welfare agencies need to effectively move a community partnership vision from theory to…

An Assessment of Child Welfare Privatization in Nebraska

This study compares the performance of case management functions by Nebraska Families Collaborative (NFC) in the Eastern Service Area with…

Family Engagement in Case Planning and Case Management Curriculum (California)

This curriculum trains social workers on a participatory case planning process that emphasizes family engagement; specific achievable, relevant, and timely…

Engagement Part 3: "A Success Story"

This video features UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and human services trainer, Dan Comer, who offers a moving real-world example that…

Engagement Part 2: "Why We Struggle with Engagement"

This video features UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer, Dan Comer, who suggests steps practitioners can take to…

Engagement Part 1: "Engagement in Child Welfare Work"

This video features UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member and child welfare trainer with 30 years in the field, Dan Comer, who…

Family Engagement: A Web-based Practice Toolkit

This toolkit is intended as an online tool for programs, states and tribes highlighting promising practices, programs and resources along…

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Engaging Families

This webpage provides resources addressing how to understand and fully engage families in child welfare services including State and local…

National Center on Family Group Decision Making

This webpage provides information on training and consultation, research, resources, and events related to the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)…

The Importance of Family Engagement in Child Welfare Services

This paper discusses barriers caseworkers encounter in engaging families in child welfare services and identifies characteristics of families associated with…

Quick Reference Guide: Various Approaches and Models to Engage the Family Group in Child Welfare Decision Making

This guide describes principles and components of different family engagement models, including child protection mediation, family group or family team…

Parent Leadership and Family Engagement in CPS and Foster Care (Virginia)

This edition of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter emphasizes the importance of using a family engagement approach when working with…

Engaging Children, Youth and Families

This issue of Improving Outcomes by Improving Practice deals with a foundational element of child welfare— engaging children, youth and…

Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement A Toolkit for Parents and Community Partners

The Toolkit is a quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement. It provides how to's for…

Five Counties, Many Voices: Profiles of Family Engagement in Colorado’s Child Welfare System

This brief outlines discussions held by five Colorado counties about the implementation of, and best practices for, family engagement models…

Family Involvement in the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care Initiative

This case study provides a comprehensive overview, lessons learned, and recommendations of how the principle of child, youth, and family…

Family Engagement

This document outlines the benefits of Family Engagement; ways to achieve meaningful family engagement; specific strategies that reflect family engagement;…

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Engaging with Parents: Self-Study Guide

This guide presents a 21-hour self-study unit based on the principles of the Strengthening Families and Stronger Together programs that…

Engaging Families in Case Planning

This document discusses the importance of involving families in case planning and provides strategies for caseworkers and agencies that can…

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Building Collaborations: A webinar for Tribal Middle Managers

This webinar, which was designed for Tribal Child Welfare Managers that had attended the NCWWI Leadership Academy for Middle Managers,…

Issues in Rural Child Welfare

This webinar, led by Dr. Debra Norris from the University of South Dakota Department of Social Work and Barbara Pierce-Cruise…

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Family Engagement Inventory

This website presents the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI), an interactive web-based tool designed to familiarize professionals in child welfare, juvenile…

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NCWWI Community Context Reference List

This comprehensive reference list includes a compilation of papers, reports, peer-reviewed journal articles and other relevant resources addressing Community Context.…

Creating Effective Parent-Practitioner Partnerships: FRIENDS Online Learning Center Course

This course defines the roles and lists the benefits of parent leadership, describes common fears and barriers of parent leadership,…

Child Welfare: Do We All Speak the Same Language Video Training

This webinar, presented by Robin Jensen and Jonathon Growick (Children’s Legal Services), offers ways to optimize communication between all individuals…

Parent Leadership: FRIENDS Online Learning Center Course

This course addresses the benefits of parent leadership to parents, agencies, and programs; ways to nurture parent leadership; how the…

NRC-Adoption Readiness Assessment Tool for Community-based System of Care

This assessment is designed to guide states, territories and tribes in building a coordinated and integrated system of care to…

West Virginia Circles of Caring: What Child Abuse Prevention Looks Like

This video answers the questions, “What does child abuse prevention look like?" or "Is it really possible to prevent child…

Understanding the Child Welfare System in California: A Primer for Service Providers & Policymakers

This resource is one in a series of primers offered to assist practitioners and policy leaders in advancing their basic…

Stories of Prevention in Los Angeles County: DCFS and Community Agencies Join Hands To Support Families and Children

This report chronicles the first year of the Prevention Initiative Demonstration Project initiative, and stories are organized around three inter-related…

Strengthening Neighborhoods through Faith-Based & Community Partnerships: Resource Guide (Oregon)

This guide is designed for those engaging in faith-based community partnerships to provide and facilitate social supports; faith-based partnerships with…

Jefferson County’s Parent Partner Program

This document provides a brief overview of the Parent Partner Program for the Department of Human Services, Jefferson County Colorado.…

Iowa Parent Partners Program

This webpage offers all relevant information for the Parent Partners Program, a key strategy to improving practice with families by…

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Effective Communication about the Early Years: Understanding the Basics of Framing

This article provides infant-toddler professionals and researchers with a basic introduction to concepts of effective communication, including the fundamentals of…

A Rural Miracle of Adoption: How One Small Community Found Families for 82 Texas Foster Children

This article highlights the account of the Bennett Chapel Missionary Baptist Church’s unique adoption initiative, which provided homes to nurture…

A Community in Support of Children and Families: Operationalizing Portland, Maine's Community Partnership for Protecting Children

This policy analysis exercise addresses the steps Portland’s CPPC should take in order to operationalize its mission to keep children…

Family Engagement in Child Welfare Video Series

This video series and accompanying discussion guides showcase the experiences of two Systems of Care communities that worked with birth…
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