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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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Buzzwords: Moving to Behavioral Descriptors doodle video is a short, animated video that follows a child involved in a child welfare investigation. The video describes what buzzwords are and illustrates the impact they can have on children and families. It also demonstrates how to recognize buzzwords and offers strategies for transforming buzzwords into objective, behavior-based descriptors.

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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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Assists readers in exploring the Youth Welfare approach to service provision in the area of health care.

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Use the “Child and Family Services Review Data Profile Quick Reference” to help you better understand your state’s performance on statewide data indicators related to the safety and permanency of children served by the child welfare system.

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Learn about the placement stability CFSR indicator, which measures stability after an agency removes children from their home for foster care.

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Learn about the CFSR recurrence of maltreatment indicator, which measures whether an agency prevented subsequent maltreatment of a child.

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Get the information you need to understand, and confidently explain CFSR data indicators to a variety of audiences.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 12 to 23 months, which measures timely, safe, and permanent reunification.

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Learn about the CFSR indicator, permanency in 12 months for children in care 24 months or more, a measures of longer-term permanency success.

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Learn how the reentry to foster care information CFSR indicator is  used to measure an agency’s success in reunification and other permanency goals.

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Get information and data on the CFSR indicator for measuring how well an agency helps prevent abuse or neglect of children in the state’s foster care system.

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Watch the Change and Implementation in Practice: Overview video to learn how key steps, tasks, and concepts fit together to support your agency’s change initiatives. 

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Summarizes the change and implementation process and provides an overview of the Change and Implementation in Practice series briefs, “how to” guides that explain key steps and tasks in the process.

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Understand the CFSR statewide data indicators, their use in program improvement efforts, and performance calculation tools.