Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents

The need for strong relationships with birth parents and parental support continues when a child enters foster care. Even when parents are unable to keep their children safe at home, parents can remain actively involved with their children in foster care in safe and healthy ways. These resources can provide agencies with information on developing family engagement and continuity of relationships for children in care.

Learning Experiences

(Available on CapLEARN; registration required)

  • 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.
  • Achieving Placement Stability e-learning helps states and territories build their systems’ capacity to achieve placement stability for children in foster care.

Videos and Recorded Webinars With Discussion Guides


Peer Groups

The following peer groups can help connect child welfare professionals working on family engagement and continuity of relationships for children in foster care. Visit the Center’s Current Peer Groups page for more information or to sign up for a peer group.

Peer Group
Family Leaders in Child Welfare Community of Practice
State Foster Care Managers
Extended Federal Foster Care (EFFC) Programs

Virtual Events

  • Visit the Center’s Events page to learn about upcoming events focused on building family engagement and maintaining continuity of relationships.

The Center also offers tailored services to states and jurisdictions to help build agency capacity for prevention programs. For more information, contact your State Liaison.