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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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Learn about negotiating boundaries, communication, support, and normalcy from a young person formally in foster care and her adoptive parents.

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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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Examine current research and how best to build organizational capacity in five areas, and learn about possible challenges and solutions.

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Learn about the Children’s Bureau’s commitment to racial and other equity in its work and the actions the Children’s Bureau is taking to advance racial equity in child welfare. 

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Shares Stephen’s story about being a community-based provider and policymaker in Florida, the need for laws that empower caregiver decision-making, creating Florida’s reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS), and the effect RPPS and normalcy laws can have on foster care.

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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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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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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 1 webinar, Understanding the Past to Build a New Future: Advancing Racial Equity for Children, Youth, and Families.

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2 webinar, Using Data and Evaluation to Advance Racial Equity in Child Welfare.

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​Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2A webinar, “We See It, We Know It, and Now We Must Do Something About It”: Working Together to Reduce Inequity.

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​Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2B webinar, Exploring the Use of Data to Tell Stories of Inequities.

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Session 2C webinar, Co-Creating Race Equity Tools: Practical Strategies for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts.

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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.