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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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Learn the definition and find information about normalcy and the reasonable and prudent parent standard in the PL 113-183.

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Read about the services available under two federal programs and how to use them to improve outcomes for pregnant or parenting youth in out-of-home care.

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Frankie is 14 years old and lives with his sister, brothers, and moms. He and his sister were adopted when they were 2 years old and 4 years old, respectively. He loves spending time with his aunts, uncles, and cousins and loves being part of a big family.

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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 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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Adapt strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and climate to support partnering with families after conducting an assessment.

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

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Adapt proven strategies from this publication to improve specific areas of culture and that support collaborative development of an effective service array.

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Explore the need for involving multiple voices in developing and implementing prevention plans, as well as the important role courts play in prevention.

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Use this tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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Explores how to design, integrate, and implement financial capability services into existing programs targeted at youth who are transitioning out of foster care to help them manage their financial resources and avoid chronic financial instability. 

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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 about the importance of successful collaboration and engagement for implementing prevention-focused systems.