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.
Use this series to find support for 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).
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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.
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 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.
This podcast shares the work of the Center for Family Life, an organization that aims to stabilize families by providing an array of neighborhood-based family and social services in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Foster care is one of their programs, and families involved in the center’s foster care program are linked to other services to address the family’s specific needs.
The greater use of demographic, geographic and psychographic data is enabling companies and organizations learn more about who is, and who isn’t, likely to support a product or idea. This podcast helps product designers, sales teams, political campaigns and advertising agencies recognize their target audience. The concept is if more time and energy is spent on a group’s target audience and less on those unreceptive to their product or service, the group will see a greater return on their investment.
This podcast provides details about the New Mexico Regional Resource Navigator program. A program that assigns navigators to work exclusively with specific regions of the state to guide families through the assessment and licensing processes. By enhancing communication and developing relationships between navigators and prospective foster families, the program intends to increase the number of available foster families throughout the state.
Diligent recruitment is the systematic process through which child welfare agencies recruit, retain, and support foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic diversity of children awaiting placements. Find resources below explaining best practices, implementation strategies, and practical examples related to diligent recruitment in agency settings. Explore the resources that Child Welfare Information Gateway has identified about diligent recruitment.
When children are placed in out-of-home care (also called foster care), it is imperative that child welfare agencies find safe, permanent homes for them as quickly as possible. In most circumstances, children can be reunited with their families, but in some cases children find homes with relatives or adoptive families. Explore the resources that Child Welfare Information Gateway has identified about achieving and maintaining permanency.