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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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Learn the definition and find information about normalcy and the reasonable and prudent parent standard in the PL 113-183.

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

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Adapt proven strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and that support collaborative development of an effective service array.

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

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Adapt strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and climate to support partnering with families after conducting an assessment.

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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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Browse the themes and key takeaways from the How We Partner With the Community to Improve Service Options podcast series.

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Use the “Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference” to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Learn about the placement stability CFSR indicator, which measures stability after an agency removes children from their home for foster care.

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Learn about the CFSR recurrence of maltreatment indicator, which measures whether an agency prevented subsequent maltreatment of a child.

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Get the information you need to understand, and confidently explain CFSR data indicators to a variety of audiences.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 12 to 23 months, which measures timely, safe, and permanent reunification.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 24 months or more, a measures of longer-term permanency success.