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Oklahoma Human Services: Family First Support Project

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As Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) leaders began thinking about the opportunities afforded by the Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First), they wondered how they could develop a prevention plan that would not only be approved but would help them keep families from bumping into the child welfare system at all.

Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) 2022

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The CWVE is an annual one-day event that brings together child welfare professionals from federal, state, and local organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions, and skill building activities that provide information, explore strategies, and offer innovative ideas and action steps to support child welfare agencies.

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The Center for States designs products, services, and learning experiences to increase understanding and awareness, and build knowledge and skills. The Center focuses its attention on developing products and resources on several core organizational and practice topics.

Telling Our Story

Are you wondering how other states are approaching their work—or what mix of services might be right for you? Take a look at stories shared by jurisdictions about how they are tackling complex problems in partnership with the Center for States and how they build capacity and improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.

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  • The first step in working with the Center for States is contacting your state liaison. Identify your Center for States liaison and see their contact information to get started.

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  • The CWVE is an annual one-day event that brings together child welfare professionals from federal, state, and local organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions, and skill building activities that provide information, explore strategies, and offer innovative ideas and action steps to support child welfare agencies.

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  • Center for States child welfare experts have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the child welfare field that comes from years of experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Our experts can assist you with your practice needs in a variety of areas.  Schedule a 25-minute, one-on-one, virtual meeting with a Center national expert to discuss your workforce development, in-home services, or permanency needs.

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  • Center for States peer groups connect child welfare professionals working in similar practice areas or on common initiatives. Membership is open to relevant audiences and determined by the Children’s Bureau.

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  • Discover how you can connect with peers and experts around the country and access resources.

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  • The Center for States offers child welfare agencies research assistance on child welfare topics and responds to information requests on building capacity in child welfare.

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