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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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

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

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Use this tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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Use this crosswalk to start thinking concretely about prevention planning as a change and implementation process. 

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Find information about using collaborative practices and models across human service systems to better serve families dealing with co-occurring issues.

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Get the latest research on decision science and safety decision-making practices in child welfare to help improved safety outcomes.

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Watch this video to learn how community-based partnerships strengthen families and see what jurisdictions are doing to build lines of collaboration and trust.

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Learn how to create an agency organizational culture that is inclusive and knowledgeable about the unique needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.

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Defines prepermanancy services for prospective adoptive and guardianship families and raises awareness about the need for more prepermanency services supports alongside postpermanency supports.

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are selecting and implementing prevention programs.

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Watch this video to learn more about how a vision for prevention influences the development of a prevention plan.

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Watch this video to learn more about prevention planning advice and lessons learned from state child welfare leaders.

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Watch this video to learn more about state experiences communicating with partners about prevention. 

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Watch this video to learn more about how states are engaging people with lived experience in prevention planning.