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The Center for States provides research assistance and responds to information requests on building capacity in child welfare.

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This guide is designed to support administrative leaders in states and other jurisdictions in using data to assess and identify ways to improve their service array.

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Get guidance, tips, and strategies for assessing agency culture and climate. 

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

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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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Explore part 7 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Explore part 6 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Find information about using collaborative practices and models across human service systems to better serve families dealing with co-occurring issues.

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Explore part 5 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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This video is a part of the Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families Video Series. It demonstrates key aspects of agency support to caregivers, including the importance of quality personal contact, training, and resources to empower caregivers through the process of moving from foster parenting to adoption.

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Highlights the beneficial role of agency support and encouragement to caregivers in ensuring effective foster parenting and successful reunification measures. In this video, a foster parent discusses the importance of communication and trust between caregivers and biological family members, along with agency training and resources, for successful reunification.

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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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Explore part 3 of the series and infographic to learn about collaborating to build a fully supportive system to meets the needs of families in their communities.

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Exhibits the effect of committed caregivers throughout the process of foster parenting to adoption and demonstrates the power of strong families in promoting positive outcomes and permanency for children. In this video, an adoptive parent shares her reflections on her relationship with her daughter on the day of her adoption.

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Highlights some of the factors that motivate caregivers to work through challenges and to provide permanency to children in foster care. In this video, a foster parent discusses lessons learned from fostering over 50 children in her home.