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This video tells the story of how a family court judge in Hancock County, Mississippi, works with families and stakeholders to support reunification through a trauma-informed, family-centered approach.

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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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Discover how the Capacity Building Center for States is working in partnership with the Children’s Bureau to advance racial equity in child welfare.

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Explore the supportive relationship between a youth and her attorney.

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Highlights the role agency resources and family support can play in helping kinship families face challenges. This video discusses an aunt's decision to become a full-time caregiver for her niece and her niece's daughter, and the importance home visits played in the transition.

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Reveals how advocating for youth makes a difference in system change and in the advocates’ own lives. The Director of Policy and Advocacy at NMCAN and a youth advocate talk about their shared experience in testifying as expert witnesses for state legislative committees and how it created a strong bond between them.

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Explores the task of assessing the results of the pilot, reviewing progress, and making adjustments before large-scale implementation of an intervention.

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Highlights the need for involving multiple voices and partnerships in the development and implementation of prevention plans, as well as the important role of courts in prevention.

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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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Examines tasks of building capacity to implement the intervention in new locations or with new populations in a sustainable way and scaling up the intervention.

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Learn about the importance of successful collaboration and engagement for implementing prevention-focused systems.

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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.