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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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Learn effective strategies to collect, analyze, and use data related to caseworker visits.

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Learn about quality contacts, why they are important, and how an agency can successfully implement them.

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Get practical information about supporting coordinated strategic and long-term planning.

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Describes strategies to change staff attitudes, engage families in developing their case plans, and keep children in foster care connected with their families and community. Rosa, the parent partner, shares how she joined the team, what she does in her role, and how the workgroup is helping the agency improve the support and services provided to families.

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See how staff can boost their knowledge and skills for engaging families, community providers, and others.

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Shows strategies for child welfare staff to work with the court system to support family involvement. Joe, the Court Improvement Program lead, talks about his experience in the workgroup and the corresponding changes made in the court system to improve the support and services provided to families.

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Browse casework activities to use before, during, and after a caseworker visit with children, youth, and families.

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Learn how supervisors and program managers can assist child welfare caseworkers in conducting quality visits with parents.

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Describes practices that embed and sustain changes in organizational culture. Caseworkers Tyler, Angela, and Laurence and program manager Francie talk about all the changes in the past year that have shifted the culture to better support families.

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Explore how child welfare agencies, legal and judicial stakeholders, prevention partners, and communities can work together to build prevention-focused systems, starting with jurisdictions' 2020–24 Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs). 

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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.

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Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.

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Presents strategies to promote engagement and support of families and kin, and describes the importance of continuous feedback. Steven, the kinship navigator, shares how he joined the team, what he does in his role, and what the workgroup is doing to help the agency improve the support and services provided to families.