The Center for States offers opportunities for child welfare professionals to virtually connect with peers working in similar practice areas or on common initiatives through networks called peer groups. Peer groups consist of child welfare cohorts from a variety of fields who communicate online and gather at virtual events to share knowledge, tools, strategies, and resources to improve practice and outcomes. Cohorts may include:
- Role-specific professional groups (e.g., state foster care or adoption managers)
- Initiative-based cohorts (e.g., Children’s Justice Act Grantees)
- Topical groups (e.g., Child and Family Services Review, county-administered states)
Current peer groups include members from practice areas across child welfare such as adoption, child protection, continuous quality improvement and data, family empowerment and protection, foster care, information systems, and youth development. Learn more about the Center’s current peer groups.
If you have an idea for a peer group or are interested in joining, please contact us. Membership is open to relevant audiences and determined by the Children’s Bureau.
Peer Group Learning Opportunities
The Center for States designs, develops, and implements learning experiences for targeted groups and builds skills and knowledge through coaching, training, and interactive virtual opportunities. Through CapLEARN, we offer child welfare audiences a variety of learning opportunities and services, including:
- Group coaching and support
- Self-directed, distance learning (e.g., e-learning, videos, interactive applications)
- Group-based learning (e.g., virtual classes, coursework, applied exercises)
- Continuing education
Through these experiences, peer group members can take advantage of learning opportunities specifically targeted toward them and work together to increase the quality of practice in their field by building the knowledge and skills of the group as a whole.
For example, the CQI Training Academy provides foundational training in continuous quality improvement (i.e., the process of first identifying, describing, and analyzing strengths and problems and then testing, implementing, learning from, and revising solutions). Registration is open to all interested child welfare professionals.