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Cross-System Collaboration

The Center for States helps child welfare agencies build capacity for cross-system collaboration with other public agencies, private providers, Tribal governments, courts, community organizations, and others to enhance communities’ abilities to provide accessible services and support families.

Culturally responsive, collaborative, community-based programs can provide families with supportive environments to access critical resources that enhance protective factors. The Center’s work helps agencies build capacity for cross-system collaborations that improve relationships and institutionalized processes; ensure meaningful involvement in planning, culture, and climate improvements; and promote shared accountability.

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.

How Agencies and Courts Improve Outcomes Together

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.
Offers strategies to enhance collaboration between courts and state child welfare agencies to promote safety, permanency, and child and family well-being.

State-Tribal Partnerships: Coaching to ICWA Compliance

Available on CapLEARN; registration required.
Provides resources for state and tribal cofacilitators to conduct a three-day in-person training designed to build collective understanding of tribal experiences. Facilitators will model and cultivate collaborative relationships between state and tribal participants to promote sustainable partnerships and increase Indian Child Welfare Act compliance through collective action planning. This learning experience provides training guidelines, a full curriculum, a presentation, handouts, and a test/evaluation guide to promote an active, culturally responsive training environment adaptable to jurisdictional needs. Registration is required to access this learning experience.

Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration: Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE) 2020

Explore collaborative approaches to advance prevention presented by people with lived and professional child welfare expertise.