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.
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- 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
- Parent Partner Program Navigator: Designing and Implementing Parent Partner Programs in Child Welfare offers tools and resources for agencies to use to improve existing parent partner programs or design and implement new ones.
- 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.
- Youth Engagement Blueprint series builds capacity for promoting a culture and climate that encourages youth engagement at all levels of an organization.
- 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.
- Embracing a Youth Welfare System: A Guide to Capacity Building presents guidance and examples to illustrate the Youth Welfare approach for working with youth in foster care, including strategies to support family and youth engagement.
- Helping LGBTQ Families Navigate the Child Welfare System provides information about creating an agency organizational culture that is inclusive and knowledgeable about the unique needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families.
- Considerations for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care: Exploring Normalcy as It Relates to P.L. 113–183 presents information related to the normalcy needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning children and youth.
- Toolkit to Support Child Welfare Agencies in Serving LGBTQ Children, Youth, and Families helps states and territories adapt their policies and practices to meet the growing needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) children, youth, and families in the child welfare system.
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.