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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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Explore strategies to engage individuals with lived experience as advisors for groups, committees, boards, and more. 

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Learn strategies for accurately and safely collecting data on LGBTQIA2S+ youth and young adults.

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Explore how child welfare professionals and organizations can build capacity for implementing the reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS) for children and youth in foster care. 

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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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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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Learn how to engage young people and families with lived expertise in the CFSR process at a child welfare agency. 

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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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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3 webinar, From Understanding to Action: Shifting Power Dynamics to Advance Race Equity. 

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3A webinar, Co-Creating Race Equity Tools: Practical Strategies for Evaluation and Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts.

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Explore this Resource List to see resources related to CWVE 2021 Session 3A, Co-Creating Equitable Child Welfare Policies and Practice.

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Use this presentation to follow along with the speakers as you watch the 2021 CWVE Session 3B webinar, Culturally Responsive Engagement and Partnership.

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Use this discussion guide with the CWVE 2022 videos to view a description of each topic, access individual reflection questions to facilitate personal, on-demand learning, and explore conversation starters and team activities with child welfare staff and collaborative partners.