Document Category: System Reform

Intentional Inclusion: Creating Equity in the Workplace 

Child welfare systems should foster a healthy organizational culture and climate and improve the well-being of the child welfare workforce. Attention to issues of racial equity, in all facets of the organization and workforce, is particularly critical. This video discusses how child welfare organizations can create equity in the workforce by promoting diversity, emphasizing the …

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Child Welfare Systems Change: NCWWI Advisory Board Recommendations

The NCWWI Advisory Board was charged to “reimagine” the child welfare system by focusing on promoting child and family well-being. Through their deliberations and recommendations, this “re- envisioning” document, Child Welfare Systems Change, was generated to inform ways to build a child welfare system that is family-centered, anti-colonial, and anti-racist. In the three-tiered prevention approach, …

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How can child welfare leaders and providers reimagine support for children and families?

Child welfare systems across the country are looking for opportunities to move upstream and offer proactive support to children and families. In this Q&A, David Sanders reflects on his career as the leader of child protection agencies in Hennepin County, Minnesota, and Los Angeles County, California, as well as his experience at Casey Family Programs, …

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Utah’s Family First Plan Approved

The Utah Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Family First Prevention Services Act plan, approved by the Federal Children’s Bureau will allow more children at risk of entering foster care or juvenile justice to remain safely at home. Utah is the first state and second child welfare agency (Washington D.C.) to have an approved prevention plan. …

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Three Branch ToolKit & Webinar

The Three Branch Toolkit and Webinar describe how a three-branch approach takes an intentional step back from governing as usual toward improving outcomes for children and families as a shared objective of all three branches of government. Each branch of state government plays an important role in establishing the framework for child welfare policy and …

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Tool for Engaging the Legal Community in Implementing Family First

This tool lays the groundwork for state and local child welfare agencies to partner with the legal community to identify and address the Family First Prevention and Services Act’s potential legal implications as part of the implementation process. The goal of the tool is to facilitate conversations and collaboration with the legal community to maximize …

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Child Welfare and Pandemics Literature Scan

This literature scan identifies and synthesizes existing literature examining the effects of pandemics and the identification of policy solutions to mitigate their effects on a well defined group of Canada’s population—children in the care of Canada’s child welfare system. Add to My Resources 0

Applying a Racial Equity Lens to a Change Project

This worksheet provides a list of questions to ask before implementing any change project, to ensure your agency is a place where everybody has an opportunity to thrive, and that your policies, practices, and procedures benefit the families and the community you serve. Add to My Resources 0