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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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Learn the definition and find information about normalcy and the reasonable and prudent parent standard in the PL 113-183.

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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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Adapt proven strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and that support collaborative development of an effective service array.

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Adapt strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and climate to support partnering with families after conducting an assessment.

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Get guidance, tips, and strategies for assessing agency culture and climate. 

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This brief addresses both "identifying a problem" and "gathering data and exploring the problem indepth" in the first phase of the Change and Implementation Process.

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Learn how child welfare agency leaders, managers, teams, and stakeholders can use data to better understand problems and their causes.

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Identifies the first three steps in the problem exploration process and examines the importance of data, key components of a data plan, and common mistakes to avoid in identifying problems in child welfare.

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Identifies the final three steps in the problem exploration process and strategies that can help with analyzing data, root causes and contributing factors of problems, and common mistakes to avoid in problem exploration.

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See how coordination can improve identification, reporting, and services for youth who are victims or at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

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Get informed about creating normalcy for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care and browse relevant examples.

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Learn to facilitate a normalcy conversation and to promote normal and developmentally appropriate experiences for youth in foster care.

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Examine a five-step framework that helps organizations promote youth engagement in normalcy conversations about the youth’s own care.