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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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See statistics on increased risks for LGBTQ youth and learn how child welfare systems can use healthy approaches when working with LGBTQ children and youth.

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Explore how data reported in AFCARS about youth who run away from state custody can be used to inform interventions.

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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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Examine current research and how best to build organizational capacity in five areas, and learn about possible challenges and solutions.

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See how workforce satisfaction and retention are improved by emphasizing the positive differences that are made in the lives of children and families.

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Understand the role of coaching in supporting workers, including coaching functions, effectiveness, models, and strategies.

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See how coordination can improve identification, reporting, and services for youth who are victims or at risk of becoming victims of sex trafficking.

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Get informed about creating normalcy for LGBTQ children and youth in foster care and browse relevant examples.

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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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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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The manual combines research and guidance on best practices in family empowerment with the evolving field of implementation science. The manual also reinforces and expands on concepts introduced in the Center for States’ Family Empowerment and Leadership Academy (FELA).

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Learn how to create an agency organizational culture that is inclusive and knowledgeable about the unique needs of LGBTQ children, youth, and families.