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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…

Experiences with Systems Change: Building Systems of Care

This webinar highlights sites’ experiences and lessons learned with the five-year Children’s Bureau grants, “Improving Child Welfare Outcomes through Systems…

System of Care Practice Review (SOCPR) Training Tutorial

This training tutorial for SOCPR-R, a tool for assessing whether SOC principles have been operationalized at the level of practice…

Primer Hands On Child Welfare

This is a capacity enhancement initiative for leaders involved in building systems of care for children, youth and families involved,…

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Community Partnerships & Linkages: Reaching Out to Work Together

This curriculum was designed as a one-day event to train child welfare workers in the knowledge, values, and skills needed…

CFSR Training Package: State-Tribal Partnerships

These training curricula and resources provide the knowledge and skills to improve state-tribal relations in child welfare and meaningful Tribal…

Systems of Care Toolkits

This toolkit is a compilation of nine easily navigable guides—discussing related activities, tasks, sustainability, key partners and examples from the…

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Systems of Care Policy Action Guide

This guide provides a framework for thinking about child welfare policy options and initiating actions using three critical stages for…

Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance: Strategic Partnerships Guidance

This guide addresses how an agency should strategically build or change a system to meet the needs and deliver positive…

Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care: Systems of Care Guide for Strategic Planning

This document provides information and materials that can be valuable during the first year of designing a system of care,…

Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care: Building the Infrastructure - A Guide for Communities

This guide is designed for communities developing and implementing systems of care. It outlines definitions, goals, activities, personnel, and expected…

Finding Common Ground: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies Working with Communities of Faith

This guide outlines the importance of building effective partnerships with communities of faith for recruiting and supporting foster and adoptive…

Family Involvement in Public Child Welfare Driven Systems of Care

This issue of A Closer Look examines: definitions of family involvement; families in child welfare, yesterday and today; grant communities’…

Building Systems of Care: A Primer for Child Welfare

This document is the companion document to Primer Hands On—Child Welfare, a web-based training resource for system builders who are…

Building Family Capacity For Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This action brief describes steps and strategies that child welfare agencies can use to engage and support family members and…

Building Community Partnerships, Step by Step

This practice guide presents step-by-step strategies for cementing relationships between public child welfare social workers and the neighborhood residents and…

Building Agency Capacity For Family Involvement in Child Welfare

This action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare…

A Model for Public & Private Child Welfare Partnership: Collaboration for Change, Part 1

This tool provides a model of how public human service agencies can work with contract agencies by (1) describing the…

A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System

This guide is follows a family's path through the child welfare system from first contact and helps families learn about…

A Coordinated Response to Child Abuse & Neglect: The Foundation for Practice

This manual provides an overview of the problem of child abuse and neglect and the prevention and intervention processes, from…

Writing Reports & Telling Success Stories

This two-page guide outlines how to structure and construct an outcome report when sharing the results of evaluation activities, to…

Systems of Care

This bulletin provides an overview of systems of care and child welfare, providing its history, guiding principles and examples. (2008)

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Systemic Reform: Using the Systems of Care Approach

This issue of Child Welfare Matters explores the system of care approach and its value in promoting systemic reform in…

Meaningful Family Involvement: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “New Roles for Families in Child Welfare” which examines the strategies and approaches child welfare…

Citizen Involvement in Child Welfare: NCWWI 1-page Summary

This document summarizes the article “What Do We Know About Strategies for Involving Citizens in Public Child Welfare: A Review…

Interagency Collaboration

This issue of A Closer Look considers the challenges and strategies associated with building and sustaining interagency collaboration in a…

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How the Child Welfare System Works

This factsheet provides a brief overview of the child welfare system and its purposes and functions. Child welfare systems typically…

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Approaches to Collaboration: State-Tribal Partnerships

This two-page summary outlines state/tribal agreements, partnership strategies and approaches to collaboration. (2006)

Strategies to Increase Birth Parent Engagement, Partnership, and Leadership in the Child Welfare System: A Review

This report explores barriers and proactive strategies to engaging birth parents with child welfare services; developing connections between birth parents…

Strategic Communications: Media Relations for Child Welfare

This guide provides practical advice and tools for developing a strategic communications program to garner media coverage and support for…

Solutions Storytelling: Messaging to Mobilize Support for Children's Issues

This report provides an overview of a research project to test the necessity and effectiveness of ‘solution stories’ (stories about…

Community Partnerships: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment

This manual discusses the importance of using a coordinated multidisciplinary approach to serving children and families. It also outlines the…

Participatory Planning in Child Welfare Services Literature Review: Selected Models, Components and Research Findings

This report discusses how participatory planning is being implemented in models and programs working with children and families within the…

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Public Awareness & Creating Supportive Communities

This webpage provides resources and information focused on creating public awareness as part of an overall approach to preventing child…

Child Welfare Information Gateway: Citizen Review Boards

This webpage provides various resources, which include State and local examples, focusing on the operation of CRBs, including development, preparation…

Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance: Communications

This guide addresses how to develop and implement a strategic communications plan that is aligned with the mission, vision and…

National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Child Welfare Systems of Care Grantees

This webpage provides resources to support grantees’ efforts to improve outcomes for children and families through the Systems of Care…

FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention

This website provides services to the CBCAP community through targeted training and technical assistance efforts. These efforts include an annual…
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