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The Center for States provides research assistance and responds to information requests on building capacity in child welfare.

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

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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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Use this guide for tips, and strategies concerning the critical role leadership plays in creating and sustaining positive organizational culture.

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Browse the themes and key takeaways from the How We Partner With the Community to Improve Service Options podcast series.

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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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Examine current research and how best to build organizational capacity in five areas, and learn about possible challenges and solutions.

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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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Available on CapLEARN; registration required.
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.

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