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

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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 guide for tips, and strategies concerning the critical role leadership plays in creating and sustaining positive organizational culture.

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Presented at the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2019, this session is designed for an audience of agency and tribal frontline staff. 

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Presented at the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2019, this session is designed for an audience of legal and judicial professionals. 

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Presented at the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2019, this session is designed for an audience of leaders, managers, and supervisors who need to understand how to motivate staff to develop a hunger for data. 

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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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Use the “Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference” to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Learn how the reentry to foster care information CFSR indicator is  used to measure an agency’s success in reunification and other permanency goals.

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Get information and data on the CFSR indicator for measuring how well an agency helps prevent abuse or neglect of children in the state’s foster care system.

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Learn about the placement stability CFSR indicator, which measures stability after an agency removes children from their home for foster care.