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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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Learn the importance of effective, ongoing collaboration between child welfare agencies and community-based partners.

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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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See strategies and examples for partnering with faith-based communities and leaders on behalf of children and youth in foster care waiting to be adopted.

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Learn how leveraging NGO connections in the community can help child welfare systems be more flexible and adaptable in achieving program goals.

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Get ideas for working with community foundations, endowments, and charitable trusts to improve outcomes for children and youth.

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Discover how parent partner programs support family reunification by guiding and motivating parents into constructive interactions with the child welfare system and courts.

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Explore promising practices in pregnancy, parenting, and prevention services and view practice examples, including evidence-based programs, in-home services, and specialized units.

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Examine the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program's purpose, objectives, history, funding, and requirements.

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Explore existing frameworks for protective capacities and protective factors and learn how to use them together for better prevention.

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Review the protective capacities and protective factors frameworks used to assess, intervene, and serve families.

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Learn how supervisors and program managers can assist child welfare caseworkers in conducting quality visits with parents.

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Use this brief to help your agency coordinate strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting processes—such as the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)—with agency continuous quality improvement (CQI).

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Use this brief to explore actionable strategies for meaningful partner engagement in child welfare agency strategic planning, monitoring, and review processes.

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Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.

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Explore the key components of engaging youth and families in individual permanency planning.