Child Welfare Practice That Supports the Well-Being of Children and Families

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.

Learning Experiences

(Available on CapLEARN; registration required)

  • 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

Publications

Peer Groups

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.

Virtual Events

  • Visit the Center’s Events page to learn about upcoming events focused on addressing all aspects of child and family well-being.

The Center also offers tailored services to states and jurisdictions to help build agency capacity for supporting the well-being of children, youth, and families. For more information, contact your State Liaison.