Virtual Expo Exhibitors
The following organizations exhibited at the 2020 Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE), where they provided additional resources for CWVE attendees and engaged with conference participants.
The Capacity Building Center for States, part of the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, helps public child welfare organizations and professionals build capacity to develop, implement, and sustain effective child welfare practices and achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families. The Center for States supports agencies through a variety of products and services designed to increase awareness around emerging needs, enhance knowledge and skills in critical child welfare areas, and promote peer-to-peer engagement and collaboration. Specifically, the Center for States aims to increase the capacity of child welfare agencies to develop and implement effective recruitment and retention strategies for child welfare workers; create a supportive agency culture and climate to help child welfare workers thrive, learn, and grow; and design long-term strategies for building a competent and healthy workforce to serve children, youth, and families.
The Capacity Building Center for Courts, part of the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, works to improve child safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for families by ensuring that courts work in partnership with child welfare agencies to best serve children and families. The Center for Courts works primarily with Court Improvement Programs (CIPs), attorneys, and judges in system improvement work providing direct tailored and peer support to CIPs and creating learning opportunities and resources to elevate legal and judicial practice nationwide.
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes, part of the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, is a federally funded resource that supports American Indian and Alaska Native child welfare programs that receive title IV-B or IV-E funding to build staff capacity, strengthen organizational systems, enhance programs, and improve tribal-state working relationships. The Center for Tribes offers an array of services, such as products and tools, peer networking activities, and individualized expert consultation. Services are available at no cost to assist tribal organizations with improving child welfare practice and performance.
Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.
The Children’s Bureau partners with federal, state, tribal, and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. The Children’s Bureau seeks to improve outcomes in the following key areas: safety (preventing and responding to maltreatment of children); permanency (stabilizing children’s living situations and preserving family relationships and connections); and well-being (enhancing families’ capacity to meet their children’s physical, mental health, and educational needs). To achieve its goals, the Children’s Bureau participates in a variety of projects, including providing guidance on federal law, policy, and program regulations; funding essential services; helping states and tribes operate every aspect of their child welfare systems; supporting innovation through competitive, peer-reviewed grants for research and program development; offering training and technical assistance to improve child welfare service delivery; monitoring child welfare services to help states and tribes achieve positive outcomes for children and families; and sharing research to help child welfare professionals improve their services.
FRIENDS is a program of the Chapel Hill Training and Outreach Program, Inc. that works to prevent child abuse and neglect and support families. FRIENDS provides services to the community-based child abuse prevention community through targeted training and technical assistance. These efforts include an annual grantees meeting, regional training, webinars, and individualized onsite training for community-based child abuse prevention state lead agencies. FRIENDS’ technical assistance coordinators work with lead agencies to develop capacity to better meet the requirements of Title II of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) is an initiative of the Department of Health and Human Services and jointly funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children's Bureau's Office on Child Abuse and Neglect. The NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court, and substance use treatment professionals to improve safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery outcomes for children, youth, parents, and families.
The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) works to increase the equity and effectiveness of child welfare practice through diverse partnerships that focus on workforce systems development, organizational interventions, and change leadership using data-driven capacity building, education, and professional development. In addition to working side by side with seven selected Workforce Excellence sites, NCWWI provides a wealth of resources that are available to anyone in the field. National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect A resource since 1988, the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN), which is funded by the Children’s Bureau, promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the child maltreatment field. NDACAN acquires data from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis. NDACAN supports information-sharing through its Child Maltreatment Research listserv and its Updata e-newsletter and provides data analysis opportunities through conference workshops and its annual Summer Research Institute.
A resource since 1988, the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN), which is funded by the Children’s Bureau, promotes scholarly exchange among researchers in the child maltreatment field. NDACAN acquires data from leading researchers and national data collection efforts and makes these datasets available to the research community for secondary analysis. NDACAN supports information-sharing through its Child Maltreatment Research listserv and its Updata e-newsletter and provides data analysis opportunities through conference workshops and its annual Summer Research Institute.
The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes. Drawing from a variety of fields, the QIC-WD gathers information about workforce trends and what works in areas such as staff recruitment, retention, and agency culture and climate and works with several public child welfare agencies to test the effectiveness of promising workforce interventions.
The Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse reviews evidence on mental health, substance abuse prevention and treatment, and in-home parent skill-based programs and services, as well as kinship navigator programs. The Clearinghouse uses a systematic review process that is implemented by trained reviewers using consistent, transparent standards and procedures to: (1) identify programs and services for review, (2) select and prioritize programs and services for review, (3) conduct a literature search to locate research studies on the effectiveness of the prioritized programs and services, (4) screen studies for eligibility and prioritize them for review, (5) conduct an evidence review to rate the strength of evidence of the studies using the design and execution standards, and (6) rate programs and services as well-supported, supported, promising, or does not currently meet criteria. The findings of the reviews for each eligible and prioritized program or service are reported on the Clearinghouse website.