Strategies for Authentic Integration of Family and Youth Voice in Child Welfare

Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.

Publication year: 2019
Author:
Capacity Building Center for States

Description

While states and jurisdictions recognize the value of stakeholder engagement, many struggle with how to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Many states also have questions about when and how to engage families and youth in a project or process. Some agencies may feel they do not have the time or resources to devote to stakeholder involvement when working on complex or time sensitive projects. Some agencies may invest time and resources into stakeholder engagement and learn that stakeholders they tried to involve do not feel valued or engaged.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2019). Strategies for Authentic Integration of Family and Youth Voice in Child Welfare. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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