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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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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 tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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Use this crosswalk to start thinking concretely about prevention planning as a change and implementation process. 

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Provides concise information on the organization of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems series resources and offers suggestions for using the resources alone or together to help agencies develop, refine, and implement effective disaster plans.

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Browse the “Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster” tip sheet to see how common elements of child welfare leadership can be adapted for effective disaster management and an example of action during each phase of disaster management.

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Build foundational knowledge about disaster planning, response, and recovery; see examples of real-life strategies from jurisdictions around the country; and begin the process of planning to effectively respond to any disaster. 

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Describes strategies to change staff attitudes, engage families in developing their case plans, and keep children in foster care connected with their families and community. Rosa, the parent partner, shares how she joined the team, what she does in her role, and how the workgroup is helping the agency improve the support and services provided to families.

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Shows strategies for child welfare staff to work with the court system to support family involvement. Joe, the Court Improvement Program lead, talks about his experience in the workgroup and the corresponding changes made in the court system to improve the support and services provided to families.

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Watch this video to learn more about state experiences communicating with partners about prevention. 

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are engaging people with lived experience in prevention planning. 

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Watch this video to learn more about state experiences building capacity for prevention.

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are selecting and implementing prevention programs.

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Watch this video to learn more about how a vision for prevention influences the development of a prevention plan.

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Describes practices that embed and sustain changes in organizational culture. Caseworkers Tyler, Angela, and Laurence and program manager Francie talk about all the changes in the past year that have shifted the culture to better support families.