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Capacity Building

CENTER FOR STATES

The Center for States helps child welfare agencies implement and sustain practices that enhance timely and appropriate permanency for children in care, strengthen and maintain the relationships of children in care with their parents, and place children with relatives whenever appropriate. Strategies to help states build capacity include improving partnerships with courts, developing data-driven recruitment and retention plans and programs, and working with stakeholders and organizations that offer an array of recruitment, licensing, and permanency support services. 

Authentic Voices Video Series: Sharing Our Perspective

Watch these insightful stories to learn about issues of belonging, connection, development, and normalcy for children and youth in out-of-home care.

Congregate Care in the Age of Family First

Use these resources to better understand the congregate care provisions of the FFPSA and what they might mean for your agency.

Domestic Violence and the Child Welfare Professional

Use this series of six tip sheets to find information that supports caseworkers responding to families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment.

Engaging Partners to Achieve Timely Permanency for Children and Youth Waiting to Be Adopted

Explore this series for tips and strategies to help community-based organizations work with adoptive parents to promote permanency.

Perspectives on Normalcy

The series Perspectives on Normalcy: Videos and Discussion Questions is designed to support states and territories in implementing training related to the reasonable and prudent parent standard (RPPS) of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113–183).

Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families

Browse this suite of publications and learning tools to help build capacity for conducting quality contacts.

Achieving Placement Stability

Register through CapLEARN to access the Webinar Library.
This learning experience is designed to help States and territories build their systems’ capacity to achieve placement stability. Placement stability refers to providing a child or youth in foster care with a stable, secure, long-term family environment in which to live. 

Adoption Call to Action Community of Practice

Adoption Call to Action Community of Practice promotes collaboration among state adoption and foster care managers, Court Improvement Program representatives, and community partners working to achieve permanency for children and youth in foster care. Membership is open, with approval from group leads, to new members who are working on this initiative in their jurisdiction.

County-Administered State Partnership

County-Administered State Partnership Peer Group promotes collaboration among peers from county-administered state child welfare programs to brainstorm peer-driven solutions that support effective management and to discuss best practices and issues related to urban and rural counties, differing budgets and local resources, and how to respond to federal requirements. This group is open to members who meet the criteria of programmatic leadership at the state level in California, Colorado, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin and is subject to approval by the Children’s Bureau.

Diligent Recruitment

Diligent Recruitment Peer Group promotes collaboration among state staff who engage in recruitment, development, and support of resource families and kin, with the goal of improving diligent recruitment and achieving positive outcomes for children and youth in foster care. Members of this group include state managers and other relevant team members responsible for recruiting, retaining, developing, and supporting resource families caring for children and youth. Membership is open to those who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.

State Adoption Managers

State Adoption Managers Peer Group promotes collaboration among members of the National Association of State Adoption Programs (NASAP) to achieve positive outcomes in the areas of adoption and guardianship. NASAP exists to enable state adoption managers to pool their expertise for progressive improvement in the quality of care to children, youth, and families served by state adoption services. This group is closed, and each jurisdiction currently determines their membership.