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Capacity Building


The Center for States helps child welfare agencies build capacity to address child and family needs related to well-being. Well-being is critical to reducing risks and increasing safety and protective factors. The Center’s resources in this area promote protective factors, child and youth well-being, parent and caregiver well-being, parenting resources, and capacity building for programs and systems.

Capacity building strategies include increasing the knowledge and skills of child welfare professionals to integrate service systems; restructure programs and services to better address social, emotional, and behavioral functioning; and support the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Having the Normalcy Conversation

Learn the importance of normalcy for youth in foster care and understand the importance of regular discussions about its implementation among everyone involved.

Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families

Watch this video series to learn how agency capacity and community and caregiver networks strengthen families and improve outcomes.

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.

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.

Perspectives on Normalcy

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).