Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration
In today’s challenging environment and with the ongoing need to support children and families, providing opportunities for child welfare staff to learn about new strategies for building strong, prevention-focused child welfare systems is more important than ever. The presentations and resources below, which have been adapted from the 2020 Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE), explore strategies for strengthening families, supporting implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and creating prevention-oriented child welfare systems that focus on keeping families together and improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Managers can use the resources in this collection to help teams dive into six key topics:
- Becoming a prevention-focused system
- Collaborating with families for systems change
- Creating effective partnerships for primary prevention
- Developing and measuring comprehensive prevention frameworks
- Building a culture and climate that support a prevention-focused system
- Taking the first steps toward a more prevention-focused system
Ready to Get Started?
First, select the topics that align with your team’s goals and interests. Then, use the activities in the discussion guide to prepare individuals for group learning, facilitate team discussions, create a shared understanding of how these topics relate to everyday work, and develop action plans to move the work forward.
Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 Discussion Guide
Provides information and activities for each topic, including a description of the topic, reflection questions tailored to the topic, and team activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners. The reflection questions and team and collaborative partner activities will help the group identify themes and develop an action plan using the included tool.