Thank you for visiting the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative (Collaborative) website. Our policy is clear:
We collect no personal information about you when you visit our website unless you choose to provide that information to us.
This privacy notice applies to the https://capacity.childwelfare.gov and https://learn.childwelfare.gov/ domains. You can find links to our privacy notice in the footer of our website.
Disclaimer of Endorsement and Prohibitions
Disclaimer of Endorsement
The information posted on this website includes hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers provide these links solely for our users' information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving the Collaborative’s website and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners or sponsors of the third-party website.
- The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers do not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website.
- The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers do not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products or services they offer.
- The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers cannot authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
- The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers are not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.
The Collaborative will not link to any website that exhibits hate, prejudice, or discrimination. Furthermore, we reserve the right to deny or remove any link that contains misleading information, unsubstantiated claims, or is determined to conflict with our mission or policies.
Personal Information Voluntarily Submitted to Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative
The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers do not collect personal information from users unless they choose to provide such information. The process for collecting said information and how it is used is described below.
How Personal Information May Be Collected and Shared
Submitting personal information is entirely voluntary. If you choose to provide personal information—for example by completing a form, leaving a comment, completing a survey, registering for an account —we may use that information to respond to your message and provide you the services you requested.
The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers use third-party service providers and other vendors to support the operations, hosting, and functions of our website. If a change in provider or vendor occurs, some information may need to be transferred to the new provider or vendor to prevent service interruption. If there is a change in provider or vendor, we notify users via email or an announcement on our website.
Freedom of Information Act
You may request information from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Follow this link to find instructions on how to make a request and contact information: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/foia.
Interaction With Children Online
We take all reasonable steps necessary to protect the privacy and safety of any child from whom information is collected, as required by the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
We do not share, collect, or use information from minors unless we are obligated to do so as mandated reporters of abuse and neglect.
We provide some publication materials that are created and available for the benefit of all youth, including children age 13 or under. We do not elicit or request any information from children who choose to view these publications.
Visiting the Official Collaborative Website and/or Affiliate Webpages on Third-Party Websites
We maintain accounts on third-party websites, including social media sites, as tools to better interact with the public. The security and privacy policies of third-party websites apply to your activity on those sites. Users of third-party websites often share information with the general public, user community, and the third-party operating the website. You should review the privacy policies of all websites before using them and ensure that you understand how your information may be used. You should also adjust privacy settings on your account on any third-party website to match your preferences.
The Collaborative Accounts
Third-party website privacy policies used by the Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers include:
Information Collected and Used From Third-Party Websites
If you have an account/profile with a third-party website (e.g., Facebook, twitter), and choose to follow, like, friend, or comment on a third-party website managed by the Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers, certain personal information associated with your account may be made available to us based on the privacy policies of the third-party website and your privacy settings within that website. We do not share personally identifiable information made available through these websites.
Information Automatically Collected and Stored
When you browse through our website, we use Google Cloud software (GA4 and BigQuery) and Siteimprove software to gather and temporarily store a variety of information about your visit. However, this information cannot be used to identify you as an individual. The basic information we collect during your visit includes:
Demographic and Interest Data
On some portions of our website, we have enabled Google Analytics (GA4), and other third-party software (listed below), to provide aggregate demographic (age, gender, location) and interest data of our visitors identified as over 18 years old. This information cannot be used to identify you as an individual. While these tools are used by some websites to serve advertisements, The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers only use them to measure demographic data. The Collaborative and/or any of the affiliated Centers have no control over advertisements served on other websites.
Other Web Measurement and Customization Tools
The Center for States uses the specified software and features below. When accessing, storing, and sharing PII data we follow the Center for State's data policy. If you have any questions, please email: email@example.com:
ServiceNow Community: The Center for States and/or its affiliates uses ServiceNow Community SaaS platform for its Peer Communities subscription-based communications. Only Service Now, Center for States and/or its affiliates and the Children’s Bureau authorized members have access to the subscriber lists. ServiceNow never allows access to subscriber lists to anyone outside of the Center for States and/or its affiliates and the Children’s Bureau for any purpose. ServiceNow also tracks and analyzes usage of Peer Communities for improving the SaaS platform and experience. All analyses and reports are in aggregated form and will not be accessible to anyone outside of the Center for States and/or its affiliates and the Children’s Bureau. The ServiceNow privacy statement is available at https://www.servicenow.com/privacy-statement.html.
We use session cookies to gather data for technical purposes, such as improving website navigation and generating statistics about how the website is used. Session cookies are temporary text files that expire when you leave our website. When cookies expire, they are automatically deleted from your computer. We do not use session cookies to collect personal information, and we do not share data collected from session cookies.
We use multisession cookies, or persistent cookies, to customize our website for frequent visitors and to test variations of website design and content. Multisession cookies are cookies that are stored over more than a single session on your computer. We do not use multisession cookies to collect personal information, and we do not share data collected from multisession cookies. Our multisession cookies are set to expire no more than 2 years after your last visit to our website. After 2 years, they are automatically deleted from your computer. the Collaborative is unable to identify an individual by using such technologies.
You can take actions to block cookies by opting out. Blocking session cookies from your computer will not affect your access to the content and tools on our website. Blocking multisession or persistent cookies may affect the personalization of the information on those sites.
The Collaborative is maintained by the U.S. Government. It is protected by Federal laws. You can be arrested and prosecuted for violating these laws.
For site security purposes and to ensure that this service remains available to all users, we use software programs to monitor traffic to identify unauthorized attempts to upload or change information or otherwise cause damage. In the event of law enforcement investigations and as part of any required legal process, information from these sources may be used to help identify an individual.
- The name of the domain you use to access the Internet (for example, Verizon.com, if you are using a Verizon online account, or stanford.edu, if you are connecting from Stanford University's domain)
- The date and time of your visit to our website
- The pages and documents you viewed on our website
- The URL of the website you visited prior to ours
- The type and version of your web browser and operating system
- Your location at the time of your visit, down to the city-level