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About the Center for States

About the Center for States

Who We Are

The Capacity Building Center for States (the Center) is part of the Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative (the Collaborative). Our purpose is to help agencies build their capacities to improve child welfare practice and achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families. Learn more about the Collaborative.

What We Do

The Center provides support to state and territorial public child welfare agencies and their partners to strengthen, implement, and sustain effective child welfare practice and achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families.

The Center is committed to advancing the Children’s Bureau’s vision for changing national child welfare practice to keep families healthy, together, and strong. Our work targets current child welfare challenges, such as accurate assessment, continuity of relationships for children in care, family engagement, service array, and timely permanency. We also help organizations strengthen their performance through continuous quality improvement, effective implementation of child welfare programs and practices, and sustenance of a stable and healthy workforce.

Our services are available to title IV-E and IV-B child welfare agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

How We Help

The Center uses an evidence-informed process that we call our “capacity building approach.” This approach is intended to develop a system's potential to be productive and effective. We help agencies develop their abilities to strengthen child welfare practices that can lead to improved outcomes through:

  • Coaching and consultation on projects that support organizations’ strategic and long-term goals
  • Developing and disseminating publications and learning experiences intended to increase awareness and knowledge of child welfare policy and practice issues
  • Offering events and tools for increasing knowledge, skills, and peer-networking opportunities

Our resources on this site are organized by familiar child welfare topics that reflect core areas of practice along the continuum of child welfare services, child welfare outcomes, and important areas of systemic functioning. These include: child protection, family preservation and in-home services, out-of-home services, permanency, well-being, youth development, continuous quality improvement and implementation, workforce development, child welfare information systems, service array, and cross-system collaboration.