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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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Presents a new framework for applying safety science to promote safety culture in child welfare agencies, and presents strategies from other industries for incorporating safety culture within child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for communities and staff.

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Learn the importance of effective, ongoing collaboration between child welfare agencies and community-based partners.

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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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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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Discover strategies for co-creating and sharing power with youth and families in child welfare.

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Explore ways that jurisdictions can integrate strategies to promote equity in continuous quality improvement (CQI) and evaluation efforts. 

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Understand the role of coaching in supporting workers, including coaching functions, effectiveness, models, and strategies.

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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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Learn how to create a culturally inclusive environment by developing a welcoming, culturally sensitive, supportive, and affirming agency for all people.

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Learn about the values of cultural competence, cultural humility, and cultural safety, and how to implement them at a child welfare agency.  

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Use this discussion guide with the CWVE 2021 videos to access a description of each topic, individual reflection questions to facilitate personal, on-demand learning, and conversation starters and team activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners.