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

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This publication looks at buzzwords in the context of words or phrases commonly used in child welfare reporting and documentation that can be subjective or carry negative connotations, and offers strategies to minimize their negative impact.

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Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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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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This tool is a role-playing activity, designed to help child welfare workers and supervisors become more familiar with the process of recognizing and translating buzzwords into descriptive language.

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Discover how parent partner programs support family reunification by guiding and motivating parents into constructive interactions with the child welfare system and courts.

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Helps child welfare agencies respond to the need to alter practice and communication routines when “normal” child welfare services have been disrupted and better prepare agencies for future disruptions

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See the impact of a family court's approach to supporting families.

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Explore strategies for building an an organizational culture that promotes collaboration to improve service array.

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Explore promising practices in pregnancy, parenting, and prevention services and view practice examples, including evidence-based programs, in-home services, and specialized units.

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Examine the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Program's purpose, objectives, history, funding, and requirements.

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Explore existing frameworks for protective capacities and protective factors and learn how to use them together for better prevention.

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Review the protective capacities and protective factors frameworks used to assess, intervene, and serve families.

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Learn how supervisors and program managers can assist child welfare caseworkers in conducting quality visits with parents.

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Explore coaching steps and tips supervisors can use to help workers strengthen skills and meet goals.