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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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Read the guide to learn more about this resource and how it can help agencies assess their capacity for implementing, planning, putting in place, and sustaining successful parent partner programs.

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

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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 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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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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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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See how workforce satisfaction and retention are improved by emphasizing the positive differences that are made in the lives of children and families.

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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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Learn how to create an agency organizational culture that is inclusive and knowledgeable about the unique needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

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Learn about applications that can make information gathering more efficient, increase useful data, and help you better understand those you serve. 

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Discusses new software and technologies used in child welfare.

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Read recent research on child welfare workforce management, including recruitment and retention, professional development, and organizational culture.

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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.