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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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Assists agencies to evaluate how well the services in an area of their choice follow the Youth Welfare approach.

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Browse the “Leading Your Agency Through a Disaster” tip sheet to see how common elements of child welfare leadership can be adapted for effective disaster management and an example of action during each phase of disaster management.

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Build foundational knowledge about disaster planning, response, and recovery; see examples of real-life strategies from jurisdictions around the country; and begin the process of planning to effectively respond to any disaster. 

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Provides concise information on the organization of the Coping With Disasters and Strengthening Systems series resources and offers suggestions for using the resources alone or together to help agencies develop, refine, and implement effective disaster plans.

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Learn about the Youth Welfare approach, which outlines how agencies can shift from a child-focused system to a youth-focused system.

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Suggests examples of service provision for youth in foster care in the area of financial literacy and describes how those services can be improved using a “Good-Better-Best” continuum approach.

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Assists agencies to evaluate how well the services in an area of their choice follow the Youth Welfare approach.

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Discusses new software and technologies used in child welfare

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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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Understand available technologies and best practices for holding virtual meetings.

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Learn how child welfare agencies can transfer select operations online and out of a central worksite.

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Browse a list of organizations that offer training activities with defined learning objectives, including self-paced e-learnings, webinars, or videos.

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Is your team responding to or recovering from a disaster? Are you looking for ways to prepare more effectively in the future? Come together to watch “Rising to the Challenge: Lessons Learned in Responding to Disasters” and hear directly from youth, families, and agencies with lived expertise tackling the immediate crisis of disasters.

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Illustrates the four shifts that need to occur at the organizational and practice levels to establish a youth welfare system that meets the needs of youth in foster care.