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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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See statistics on increased risks for LGBTQ youth and learn how child welfare systems can use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth.

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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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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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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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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.

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

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Find the eligibility requirements of the Children’s Justice Act grant and the roles and responsibilities of grantees.

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Understand the role of coaching in supporting workers, including coaching functions, effectiveness, models, and strategies.

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Learn effective strategies to collect, analyze, and use data related to caseworker visits.

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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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Get the latest research on decision science and safety decision-making practices in child welfare to help improved safety outcomes.

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Learn about quality contacts, why they are important, and how an agency can successfully implement them.