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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.

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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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Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

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Use the “Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference” to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 24 months or more, a measures of longer-term permanency success.

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Learn how the reentry to foster care information CFSR indicator is  used to measure an agency’s success in reunification and other permanency goals.

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Learn about the placement stability CFSR indicator, which measures stability after an agency removes children from their home for foster care.

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Get the information you need to understand, and confidently explain CFSR data indicators to a variety of audiences.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 12 to 23 months, which measures timely, safe, and permanent reunification.

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This manual examines the roles and responsibilities of child protective services (CPS) workers. It describes the purposes, key decisions, and issues of each stage of the CPS process and strategies for casework supervision, training, and support.

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Available on CAPLearn; registration required.
Parts 1, 2, and 3 offers best practices information on responding to sex trafficking of children and youth in child welfare, and building knowledge on the special needs of trafficking victims and youth at risk of becoming victims.

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Provides a broad overview of the Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking learning curriculum and explores how the curriculum could be integrated into agency training programs.

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Here you will find interviews with Toni Lawal, Tennessee’s Citizen Review Panel (CRP) Coordinator, and Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director of the Child and Family Policy Institute of California; an update on the Pennsylvania CRP; and Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) and Children’s Bureau (CB) updates.

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Find information about the national citizen review panel community, including federal and state updates, webinars, and more.