Productive Partnerships With Youth and Families: Commitment to Lived Expertise

Explore ways to increase commitment to partnering with people with lived expertise in child welfare.

Publication year: 2022
Capacity Building Center for States

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In this video, presenters discuss how to increase commitment to true partnership with people with lived expertise and establish the idea that simple presence is step one and should initiate the next steps of training, support, and development of a supportive environment. The content speaks to the need for agencies to grow their capacity to authentically partner with young people and families, share success stories, engage in problem solving and action planning, and establish fair compensation.  

Use this video with the CWVE 2022 Learning Experience Discussion Guide, which provides a description of the topic, reflection questions for individual learning, and conversation starters and team activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners to explore together.   

Are you looking for additional resources? Check out the Productive Partnerships With Youth and Families: Commitment to Lived Expertise Resource List.


  • Heather Cantamessa, Children’s Home Society of Washington 
  • Pasqueal Nguyen, Capacity Building Center for States 
  • Ashley O’Bryan, Capacity Building Center for States 
  • Colleen Puckett, Families’ Anchor, LLC 
  • Jennifer Rhodes, Capacity Building Center for States 
  • Ryan Young, Lived Experience Expert Consultant  

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2022). Productive partnership with youth and families: Commitment to lived expertise. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

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