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Explore the supportive relationship between a youth and her attorney.

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Reveals how advocating for youth makes a difference in system change and in the advocates’ own lives. The Director of Policy and Advocacy at NMCAN and a youth advocate talk about their shared experience in testifying as expert witnesses for state legislative committees and how it created a strong bond between them.

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

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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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Explore the need for involving multiple voices in developing and implementing prevention plans, as well as the important role courts play in prevention

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Explore the process of transitioning to a prevention-focused child welfare system from several perspectives, including that of a mother and son with lived experience and leaders who set the tone and direction for putting families at the center of child welfare work.

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Gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of effective collaboration and how to avoid pitfalls when implementing partnerships for primary prevention

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Explore strategies for developing a comprehensive community prevention framework across all levels of prevention.

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Learn about the importance of successful collaboration and engagement for implementing prevention-focused systems.

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Explores actions that can lead to building authentic, collaborative, and prevention-focused child welfare systems.

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Highlights the advocacy work of state and regional youth leadership councils. Two paid regional and state youth specialists and the Texas Director for Transitional Living Services describe how including youth voice by providing them a “seat at the table” at the state capital enhances the child welfare system. All three discuss the rewards and personal impact of their work.

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Explore strategies for engaging and empowering fathers of color in child welfare. 

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Learn how to effectively present data in digestible and actionable ways that lead to real change.

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Hear about strategies for authentically partnering with youth, young adults, Tribes, families, and communities of color to inform and improve child welfare research, practice, and policy.

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Tells the story of the relationship between a youth in foster care and a BraveLife peer navigator. Both talk about the personal sharing and mutual trust that have forged a connection that will last a lifetime.