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Stay informed with resources that support system change and practice improvement. Discover insights and action steps to advance prevention and racial equity, address pressing child welfare challenges, and meet the needs of children, youth, and families.

The Words We Choose to Use

The Words We Choose To Use

Watch this short, animated video to examine how changing the language and messaging we use can support a shift to a more prevention-focused child welfare system.

Building Capacity to Address Common Challenges

Building Capacity to Address Common Challenges

Use this tool with your prevention planning team to prepare for and tackle the adaptive challenges that many states face as they develop and implement prevention plans. 

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The Center for States designs products, services, and learning experiences to increase understanding and awareness, and build knowledge and skills. The Center focuses its attention on developing products and resources on several core organizational and practice topics.

  • The first step in working with the Center for States is contacting your state liaison. Identify your Center for States liaison and see their contact information to get started.

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  • The CWVE is an annual one-day event that brings together child welfare professionals from federal, state, and local organizations across the country to engage in online activities, discussions, and skill building activities that provide information, explore strategies, and offer innovative ideas and action steps to support child welfare agencies.

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  • Center for States child welfare experts have a deep understanding of the issues and challenges facing the child welfare field that comes from years of experience at the local, state, and federal levels. Our experts can assist you with your practice needs in a variety of areas.

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  • Center for States peer groups connect child welfare professionals working in similar practice areas or on common initiatives. Membership is open to relevant audiences and determined by the Children’s Bureau.

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  • Discover how you can connect with peers and experts around the country and access resources.

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  • The Center for States offers child welfare agencies research assistance on child welfare topics and responds to information requests on building capacity in child welfare.

    Request Library Services

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Connect With Us

Learn how we can help your agency build the capacity to thrive.

Email: capacityinfo@icfi.com 
Phone: 1.844.222.0272

Visit the Center for States' Contact Us webpage for more information.