Explore tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level.
When families and youth are engaged as partners at all stages of a project, they add voices of lived experience, context, and a unique perspective on child welfare. The Strategies for Authentic Integration of Family and Youth Voice in Child Welfare tip sheet outlines key tasks for engaging families and youth at the system and agency levels, and provides child welfare managers with tips, strategies, and stories from the field.
The tip sheet includes a matrix tool that focuses on the impact of the engagement along a continuum, from ineffective or low-impact engagement to effective or high-impact engagement. The matrix tool can help teams and individuals better understand family engagement and partner with youth and families to improve outcomes.
For a summary of family engagement tips and strategies, check out this Children’s Bureau Express article: Creating a Vision Together: