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Learn effective strategies to collect, analyze, and use data related to caseworker visits.

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Access strategies to better understand and implement the family engagement requirements of the FFPSA.

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Learn solid strategies for understanding and implementing the trauma-informed care provisions of the FFPSA.

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Develop a better understanding of customized congregate care and learn about implementing the FFPSA provisions in congregate care QRTP assessment.

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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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This useful matrix and tool can help agency disaster planning teams respond to common disaster impacts and plan for them going forward.

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Learn about quality contacts, why they are important, and how an agency can successfully implement them.

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Tells the story of a family from the perspectives of the father of five children; his mother, who takes on the parenting role for her five grandchildren; and their social worker.

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Portrays one family's story from the perspectives of the child’s mother, the grandmother, and the resource parent.

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Demonstrates the importance of collaboration and trusting relationships between a grandmother, a resource parent, and a social worker.

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Describes the complex nature and special support needs of kinship care. 

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Portrays a young woman's story of growing up in foster care, from 5 months through 7 years old, and the difficulties of transitioning back to her family. 

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Browse casework activities to use before, during, and after a caseworker visit with children, youth, and families.