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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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Learn about the range of practices comprising the continuum of youth engagement to youth empowerment.

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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.

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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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Discover how to examine and drill down into state data to build understanding of what’s happening in your child welfare system.

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Learn about a framework for applying safety science to promote a culture of safety in child welfare agencies.

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Learn about various instruments used to measure well-being for program, case planning, and evaluation purposes.

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Explore successful cross-system collaboration across three phases of child welfare interactions with families experiencing co-occurring issues—front-end investigation, case planning/service provision, and case resolution. 

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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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Explore additional resources for engaging individuals with lived experience as advisors for groups, committees, boards, and more.

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Explore the need for involving multiple voices in developing and implementing prevention plans, as well as the important role courts play in prevention.

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Explore additional resources to learn how to accurately and safely collecting data on LGBTQIA2S+ youth and young adults.

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

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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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Explore opportunities and lessons learned from the implementation of Division X of the Supporting Foster Youth and Families Through the Pandemic Act, P.L. 116–260.