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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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Discover strategies for co-creating and sharing power with youth and families in child welfare.

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Access strategies to better understand and implement the family engagement requirements of the FFPSA.

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Learn about the values of cultural competence, cultural humility, and cultural safety, and how to implement them at a child welfare agency.  

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3 webinar, From Understanding to Action: Shifting Power Dynamics to Advance Race Equity. 

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3A webinar, Co-Creating Race Equity Tools: Practical Strategies for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts.

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Explore this Resource List to see resources related to CWVE 2021 Session 3A, Co-Creating Equitable Child Welfare Policies and Practice.

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3B webinar, Culturally Responsive Engagement and Partnership.

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

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Watch this video to learn how community-based partnerships strengthen families and see what jurisdictions are doing to build lines of collaboration and trust.

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This tool is a role-playing activity, designed to help child welfare workers and supervisors become more familiar with the process of recognizing and translating buzzwords into descriptive language.

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Examine foundational information and suggestions for effective casework and supporting examples for families experiencing domestic violence.

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Get the basics on general practice for agency interventions, including screening, documenting descriptions of abuse and protective efforts, and evaluating risk.