Voices of Lived Experience in Child Welfare: A Digital Story Library Discussion Guide

Use the guide and digital stories from this library with teams and individuals to advocate, inspire, support, recruit, train, and coach towards a better child welfare system. 

Publication year: 2022
Capacity Building Center for States


Find strategies in this guide to elevate the stories of people with lived experience as you advocate for policy and resources, enhance training, recruit and retain staff, kinship, and foster parents, and coach, support, and inspire staff, parents, partners, and stakeholders. Use the discussion and reflection questions to spark critical thinking about ways to integrate people with real-world youth and family experience in your work.  

Curate your own list and listen to the stories of families, young adults, caregivers, agency leaders and staff, service providers, and legal partners affected by the child welfare system in Voices of Lived Experience in Child Welfare - A Digital Story Library.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States. (2022). Voices of lived experience in child welfare: A digital story library discussion guide. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

This material may be freely reproduced and distributed. However, when doing so, please credit Capacity Building Center for States. 

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