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Capacity Building

CENTER FOR STATES

Family Preservation and In-Home Services

The Center for States provides help to agencies who are providing services and programs families to enable children to safely remain in their own homes. Strategies within this topic include the development and distribution of skills-building tools and guides; collaboration with key partners; peer-to-peer network development and support; and learning experiences to increase knowledge related to best practices and skills development. Peer networks for in-home services managers and Promoting Safe and Stable Families grantees will also be used to build capacity.

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.

In-Home Services Managers

In-Home Services Managers Peer Group promotes collaboration among in-home services managers (or managers from program equivalents) to achieve positive outcomes for children and families that receive in-home services. In-home services managers oversee programs that provide services to children and families who have been reported to child protective services for possible child abuse or neglect and who are assessed as being able to benefit from services delivered in the home. Membership is open to individuals who meet the criteria and must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Managers

Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) Managers Peer Group encourages collaboration among PSSF managers (or managers from program equivalents) to achieve positive outcomes for children and their families. PSSF managers oversee programs aimed at preventing unnecessary separation, improving the quality of care and services, and ensuring permanency for children. This group is closed; members must be leading PSSF programs within their jurisdiction and membership must be approved by the Children’s Bureau.