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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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Learn solid strategies for understanding and implementing the trauma-informed care provisions of the FFPSA.

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Develop a better understanding of customized congregate care and learn about implementing the FFPSA provisions in congregate care QRTP assessment.

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Access strategies to better understand and implement the family engagement requirements of the FFPSA.

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Use this series and infographic to explore working collaboratively to build a comprehensive system that meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Learn to be more intentional about creating opportunities to relate to the staff and families you serve and to infuse more empathy into your agency.

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Use the template and instructions provided to develop parent partner program manuals.

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Use part 2 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system that meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Use this brief to help your agency coordinate strategic and long-term planning, monitoring, and reporting processes—such as the Child and Family Services Plan (CFSP) and Child and Family Services Review (CFSR)—with agency continuous quality improvement (CQI).

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Use this brief to explore actionable strategies for meaningful partner engagement in child welfare agency strategic planning, monitoring, and review processes.

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Discusses tips and strategies to effectively engage and sustain the involvement of families and youth at the agency level. Includes key tasks for authentic engagement, examples from the field and a tool of engagement with four primary ways to authentically engage youth and families.

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

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Learn a research-informed framework for agencies to explore implementation of CQI systems across seven areas, including leadership support and modeling, staff and stakeholder engagement, communication, administrative structure, use of quality data, case record review process, and application of CQI findings.

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Brandon is a 21-year-old alumnus of the foster care system. He was in the foster care system for about 10 years and serves as a foster care advocate, working in State government for the last 3 years. He feels that normal activities for all youth in foster care should include getting a driver’s license, going on out-of-State and overnight trips, and participating in sports.