Children’s physical safety should not be attained at the expense of their emotional and psychological well-being—this can perpetuate trauma for children and parents alike. Physical safety is one critical aspect of well-being, but well-being also requires social, educational, economic, behavioral, cognitive, and relational functionality. Addressing all aspects of well-being helps improve risks of harm and strengthens critical protective factors for ending patterns of maltreatment and trauma. The resources below can help agencies support the well-being of children, youth, and families.
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- Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families offers videos, discussion guides, and assessment tools that agencies can use to discover strategies for engaging families and including family voice in case planning, identifying elements of quality contacts, practicing self-assessment and action planning, and promoting effective supervisory conversations.
- Family Empowerment Leadership Academy e-learning modules provide foundational information on encouraging change through family empowerment, building meaningful partnerships, and providing peer-to-peer support to families.
- Supporting and Affirming LGBTQ Children and Youth highlights best practices to improve and nurture the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children and youth and outlines the impact of harmful practices, such as conversion/reparative therapies.
Videos and Recorded Webinars With Discussion Guides
- Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families series supports child welfare agencies and contracted service providers in building capacity to conduct quality contacts between caseworkers and children, youth, parents, and resource parents.
- Having the Normalcy Conversation series describes the importance of normalcy for children and youth in foster care and provides guidance for facilitating a normalcy conversation.
- White House Convening on Developmentally Appropriate Services for Children, Youth, and Young Adults in Foster Care (PDF - 363 KB) addresses developmentally appropriate services for youth in foster care and identifies best practices to support the well-being of youth.
- Affirming and Supporting LGBTQ Children and Youth in Child Welfare tip sheet (PDF - 215 KB) provides information on how child welfare systems can avoid harmful practices and use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth.
- Considerations for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care: Exploring Normalcy as It Relates to P.L. 113–183 (PDF - 137 KB) presents information related to the normalcy needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children and youth.
The following peer groups can help connect child welfare professionals focused on supporting the well-being of children, youth, and families. Visit the Center’s Current Peer Groups page for more information or to sign up for a peer group.