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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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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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

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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 the eligibility requirements of the Children’s Justice Act grant and the roles and responsibilities of grantees.

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Explore information and get guidance about sex trafficking and identification of sex trafficking victims.

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This “Service Array Data Inventory Sample Worksheet” (Worksheet) is a companion tool to A Data-Driven Approach to Service Array Guide developed by the Capacity Building Center for States. To use the Worksheet, you can print it out and fill in the blank squares, or use the questions as a guide.

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Learn about State Liaison Officers are, who they are, their roles, responsibilities, and resources.

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Explore tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. 

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Explore sex trafficking prevention best practices for implementing provisions of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183).

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Read about the value of collaboration as the key to prevention, safety, and long-term stability for children and families.

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Engage staff and partners with activities in this guide to start a dialogue and create a vision for a more prevention-focused child welfare system.

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Learn about the relationships and partnerships that support developing a comprehensive prevention plan related to the Family First Prevention Services Act.

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The infographic provides a visual reference for the cultural shift needed to protect children through strengthening families.