Resource Library - Practice Supports

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Healing GuidebookThis guidebook provides practical tips & tools for working with children and youth who have experienced trauma (and for the …, , , , 2018burnout organizational-culture-and-climate practice-supports trauma-informed-practice work-conditions-and-benefits retention
Pandemic Posed Challenges, but also Created Opportunities for Agencies to Enhance Future OperationsThis report from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) examines how child welfare agencies responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and …, , 2021change-implementation practice-supports work-conditions-and-benefits
Active Efforts: Public Child Welfare ICWA Best Practices: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis 1-pager defines and explains active efforts according to the 2016 Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) final rule. Information includes …, , , 2021practice-supports tribal-child-welfare
Innovations Exchange Participant Summary on Practice SupportsThis document contains the feedback and recommendations from participants of the September 22, 2020, NCWWI Innovations Exchange on Practice Supports., 2020practice-supports
Using Smart Phones as Practice Support: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThe summary describes how a smartphone app helped reinforce content from a training program for resource caregivers* on the use …, 2020practice-supports
Technology Supports for the Workforce: Webinar Chatlog SummariesParticipant ideas and resources from the NCWWI webinar Supporting the Virtual Workforce: Using Social Media and Technology to Engage Children, …, 2020practice-supports
What Child Welfare Workers Need in a PandemicThis infographic summarizes a Workforce Needs Assessment conducted with four public child welfare agencies during COVID-19 and provides three areas …, 2020practice-supports
Quality Parenting Initiative Just In Time TrainingFlorida’s Just in Time Training is a web based service program designed to connect foster parents, kinship or other caregivers …2020practice-supports
Successful Video Visits With Young ChildrenVideo visits with young children pose special challenges due to their developmental needs. This tip sheet offers some ideas for …2020family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Physical DistancingThis document describes ideas from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) for how to conduct safety assessment and planning under …2020practice-supports
Evidence Base for Avoiding Family Separation in Child Welfare PracticeThis report presents an overview of the current social science literature related to the impact of out-of-home placement and family …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications For Addressing Youth HomelessnessThe paper, from National Network for Youth and ChildFocus, outlines how the Family First Prevention Services Act can be leveraged …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Kinship Navigator Programs Practical Tips and ResourcesA tip sheet for kinship navigator programs, with background information and additional resources2020family-centered-practice practice-supports
Mindfulness in Family AssessmentMaking mindfulness practices an integral part of the culture, structure, and practice of child welfare organizations results in reduced stress, …2018family-centered-practice practice-supports
Moral Injury in Child Protection WorkersThis video features the perspectives of three frontline social workers at various stages of their child protection careers and highlights …2019practice-supports
Overview of Policies and Considerations for Case Managers Working with Foster Youth who are ParentingThis toolkit provides an overview of the current policies and guidelines in Florida regarding foster youth or youth who are …2020family-centered-practice practice-supports
Overview of Policies and Considerations for Child Welfare Professionals serving Transitioning Youth and Young Adults who are PregnantThis toolkit provides an overview of the current policies and guidelines in Florida regarding pregnant foster youth or youth who …2020family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID 19 and Physical DistancingThis document describes ideas from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) for how to conduct safety assessment and planning while …2020practice-supports
NASW Technology StandardsThese standards are designed to guide social workers’ use of technology; enhance social workers’ awareness of their ethical responsibilities when using …2017practice-supports
Tip Sheet: Productively Working from HomeThis tip sheet provide examples of strategies for productively working from home.2020practice-supports
How to Prepare for a Family Assessment: Suggestions for caseworkers and frontline staff This two-page summary discusses how to be self-aware and intentional during the decision-making process of family assessments. This publication takes …2018practice-supports
Family Assessment Tool: How to overcome bias This tool can be used as a practical guide to help recognize and acknowledge bias and ways in which you …2018practice-supports
Responding to Opioids: Practice NotesThis newsletter issue focuses on the opioid crisis in North Carolina and its impact on the Child Welfare System. Also …2018practice-supports
Core Concepts and Principles of Effective Case Management: Approaches for the social service workforceThis document describes the concept of case management and the basic ideas or rules that explain, outline or provide guidance …2018practice-supports
Decision-Making in Child Welfare for Improved Safety OutcomesThis brief details the factors that go into child welfare workers decision-making process and discusses the importance of multi-level decision-making …2017practice-supports
SEC conversations with parentsThe Conversation Guide provides all of the resources needed to convene an informal but focused conversation. It is designed to …2019practice-supports
Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Racial and Ethnic Minority YouthPractioner guide- explores and offers tips on how identities interact with each other and may produce unique challenges for youths. Some complexities …2017practice-supports
Action Planning Supervision ToolTool to be used in supervision to support worker capacity at assessing and understanding Protective Factors.2018practice-supports
Coaching on Protective FactorsThis brief is a worksheet for trainers to coach workers on the protective and promotive factors. It provides an overview …2018practice-supports
Technology Supports Practice Improvements: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis document describes how technology supported the uptake of practice improvements related to trauma-informed care in child welfare in three …, 2020practice-supports
Guide for Developing & Implementing Child Welfare Practice Models2012practice-supports
Implementing the DCF Case Practice Model (NJ)This overview of the Implementation of the Case Practice Model highlights a six prong approach: 1) Leadership Development, 2) Statewide …2017practice-supports
Changing Systems & Practice to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children & Their FamiliesThis brief makes recommendations for child welfare system policy and practice changes that recognize the critical role young fathers can …2017practice-supports
Building Family Capacity For Family Involvement in Child WelfareThis action brief, the first in the Systems of Care Family Involvement Series, addresses capacity building at the child welfare …2008family-centered-practice practice-supports
Meaningful Family Involvement: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis document summarizes the article “New Roles for Families in Child Welfare” which examines the strategies and approaches child welfare …, 2012family-centered-practice practice-supports
Parent Leadership: FRIENDS Online Learning Center CourseThis course addresses the benefits of parent leadership to parents, agencies, and programs; ways to nurture parent leadership; how the …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Iowa Parent Partners ProgramThis webpage offers all relevant information for the Parent Partners Program, a key strategy to improving practice with families by …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family Engagement in Child Welfare Video SeriesThis video series and accompanying discussion guides showcase the experiences of two Systems of Care communities that worked with birth …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Working with Kinship Caregivers2012practice-supports
Measuring Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act: An Assessment ToolkitThis toolkit identifies strengths and weaknesses of different data collection approaches, provides sample tools or questions for the sites, and …2013practice-supports
ICWA Quick Reference Guide – Involuntary ProceedingsThis reference guide on the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, 25 U.S.C. §§ 1901-63; ICWA Proceedings Final Rule, 25 …2016practice-supports
Working With “Hard to Reach” PopulationsThis webinar examined practices on how to work with populations that are difficult to reach and explores how those populations …2017practice-supports
Decision-making in Child Protection: NCWWI 1-page SummaryThis paper summarizes a study focused on the second cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being that …, 2017practice-supports
Differential Response Family Engagement ToolkitThis document outlines Family Engagement skill sets for the use with child welfare practitioners to enhance and improve their skills …2014family-centered-practice practice-supports
State Statutes Related to the Indian Child Welfare ActThis webpage provides states’ statutes related to strengthening, enhancing or complying with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. Keywords: Native …2019practice-supports
Planning With Youth in Transition: Tips, Tools and TechniquesThis training course provides an overview of juvenile court rules related to older youth planning, explores transition assessment/planning tools, and …2017practice-supports
An Experiment That Has Failed: Privatization of Child Welfare in NebraskaThis 2-page article critiques the statewide child welfare privatization initiative that was launched in Nebraska, concluding that the private system …2015practice-supports
Motivational Interviewing as a Practice Innovation in Child WelfareThis webinar is an opportunity to hear about implementing Motivational Interviewing (MI) as a practice innovation in child welfare agencies …2011practice-supports
Engaging Parents: Innovative Approaches in Child WelfareThis document reviews innovative approaches that mitigate the obstacles to engaging parents in child welfare and includes recommendations on the …2010family-centered-practice practice-supports
Building and Sustaining Father EngagementThis training course explores methods to identify, locate and engage fathers, and the skills necessary to identify strengths and to …2014family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family Meeting Facilitator TrainingAs part of Family Connections Oregon, this training curriculum was developed to teach the theoretical foundations, applications and facilitation skills …2015family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …, 2015family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …, 2015family-centered-practice practice-supports
Use of Cultural Brokers as an Approach to Community Engagement with African American Families in Child WelfareThis curriculum provides research highlights, historical perspectives, conceptual frameworks, approaches for community engagement, tools and experiential opportunities to strengthen social …2011family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …2014family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …2014family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …2014family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Engaging FamiliesThis webpage provides resources addressing how to understand and fully engage families in child welfare services including State and local …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
National Center on Family Group Decision MakingThis webpage provides information on training and consultation, research, resources, and events related to the Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
The Importance of Family Engagement in Child Welfare ServicesThis paper discusses barriers caseworkers encounter in engaging families in child welfare services and identifies characteristics of families associated with …2009family-centered-practice practice-supports
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 …2011family-centered-practice practice-supports
Engaging Children, Youth and FamiliesThis issue of Improving Outcomes by Improving Practice deals with a foundational element of child welfare— engaging children, youth and …2011family-centered-practice practice-supports
Growing and Sustaining Parent Engagement A Toolkit for Parents and Community PartnersThe Toolkit is a quick and easy guide to help support and sustain parent engagement. It provides how to’s for …2010family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family Involvement in the Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care InitiativeThis case study provides a comprehensive overview, lessons learned, and recommendations of how the principle of child, youth, and family …2010family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family Engagement: Partnering with Families to Improve Child Welfare OutcomesEngaging families in the casework process promotes the safety, permanency, and wellbeing of children and families in the child welfare …2016family-centered-practice practice-supports
Engaging with Parents: Self-Study GuideThis guide presents a 21-hour self-study unit based on the principles of the Strengthening Families and Stronger Together programs that …2009family-centered-practice practice-supports
Family Engagement InventoryThis website presents the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI), an interactive web-based tool designed to familiarize professionals in child welfare, juvenile …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Creating Effective Parent-Practitioner Partnerships: FRIENDS Online Learning Center CourseThis course defines the roles and lists the benefits of parent leadership, describes common fears and barriers of parent leadership, …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Protective Services: A Guide for CaseworkersThis manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers; describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues …2018practice-supports
Changing Systems & Practice to Improve Outcomes for Young Fathers, Their Children & Their FamiliesThis brief makes recommendations for child welfare system policy and practice changes that recognize the critical role young fathers can …2017practice-supports
Guide for Developing & Implementing Child Welfare Practice ModelsThis guide offers an overall framework for developing, imple­menting and/or strengthening a family-centered practice model, cites specific examples from States …2012practice-supports
Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child Welfare (1-page Summary)Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child Welfare (1-page Summary)2019practice-supports
Practice Model (Washington, D.C.)This Practice Model for the DC Child and Family Services Agency describes the primary goals, core principles and values, leadership …, 2006practice-models practice-supports
Solution-Based Casework OverviewThis document is provides a brief overview of Solution-Based Casework based on the information available in The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse …2013family-centered-practice practice-supports
Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child WelfareThis webinar describes solution-based casework coaching at Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services, Children’s Administration. Presenters highlight the …, 2012family-centered-practice practice-supports
Washington State Division of Children & Family Services: Family-Centered Practice ModelThis document describes Washington State’s family-centered approach to child welfare services, and the intended benefits and outcomes of these services.2019practice-models practice-supports
Family Preservation & Family Centered PracticeIdentifies the philosophy and values of family preservation services and addresses family engagement, assessment, case planning, teaming, and more. 2012family-centered-practice practice-supports
Adopting a Child Welfare Practice FrameworkThis paper on creating a practice framework is intended for child welfare professionals in leadership positions interested in grounding and …2008practice-models practice-supports
An Introduction to the Practice Model Framework: Working Document SeriesThis working document explains the process of developing a framework to help child welfare agencies and Tribal social service programs …2008practice-models practice-supports
An Individualized, Strengths-Based Approach in Public Child Welfare Driven Systems of CareThis brief focuses on the principle of an individualized, strengths-based approach in public child welfare., 2008family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Family Centered PracticeThis section provides key elements of family-centered practice and provides overarching strategies for family-centered casework practice across child welfare service …2019family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Child Welfare Practice ModelsThis section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway includes best practice models to improve safety, permanency, and well-being for children. …2019practice-models practice-supports
Solution Based CaseworkThis website provides information, training, and resources for Solution-Based Casework, an evidenced-informed casework practice model that prioritizes working in partnership …2019practice-models practice-supports
Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child Welfare (1-page Summary)This document summarizes a NCWWI webinar that highlights the core elements of a solution-based casework coaching model necessary to support …2014practice-supports
Coaching to Support Solution-based Casework in Child Welfare2012family-centered-practice practice-supports
Child Welfare Model of Practice (Iowa)This model provides Iowa’s child welfare model of practice was developed to define, affirm, guide, reinforce and support DHS’s strength-based …2007practice-models practice-supports
Family Preservation & Family Centered Practice2012family-centered-practice practice-supports
Positioning Public Child Welfare Guidance: Practice ModelsThis guidance offers information on definitions, strategies, key processes, operations, and implementation of a public child welfare practice model. , 2011practice-models practice-supports
Information Packet: Family Centered Practice ModelsThis new National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections information packet,provides information on family centered practice principles, legislation & …, 2009practice-models practice-supports
Child Welfare Information Gateway: Child Welfare Practice ModelsThis section of the Child Welfare Information Gateway includes best practice models to improve safety, permanency, and well-being for children. …2019practice-models practice-supports
Transformational Relationships for Youth SuccessThis brief shares lessons about the powerful difference that a transformational relationship can make in a young person’s life and …2017practice-supports
A Primer on Title IV-E Funding for Child WelfareThe document explains how states use Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the largest federal funding stream for child …2016practice-supports
Building the Skills Adults Need for Life: A Guide for PractitionersThis guide for practitioners explains the science behind core life skills, what affects their development, and how practitioners can help.2017practice-supports
NASW Standards for Social Work Practice in Child WelfareThis document is a basic tool for social work practice in child welfare that might include family preservation and support, …2013practice-supports