Engaging Communities to Support Families: State and Local Examples
The following resources offer State and local examples of efforts to engage community members to support children, youth, and families.
A Community Conversation About the Safety of Children in Foster Care (PDF - 1,352 KB)
Planning Council for Health and Human Services (2009)
Provides information on the current status of children in foster care in Milwaukee and identifies best practices to keep foster children safe as suggested by key informants, foster parents, biological parents, and caseworkers.
Considerations for Child Welfare Research in Rural Communities: Community-Based Participatory Research [Presentation Slides] (PDF - 1,321 KB)
Northern California Training Academy
Discusses key challenges in conducting research in child welfare for rural communities and presents the community-based participatory research model, with information on the definition, explanation for engagement, steps for implementing, and differences from traditional research.
Partnerships for Families: Stories and Lessons From Los Angeles Communities (PDF - 2,908 KB)
First 5 LA (2010)
Presents the purpose of Partnerships for Families, its design and core components, and findings of a case study to prevent abuse and neglect of young children in Los Angeles communities. Discusses lessons learned, developments in context of national studies, and implications for the field.
Port Arthur HOPE: Helping Our People Excel by Building on Community Strengths and Assets
Port Arthur HOPE, Casey Family Programs, & Texas Health and Human Services Commission Center for the Elimination of Disproportionality and Disparities (2011)
Describes a project that uses the Texas community engagement model and integrates strengths-based, family-centered practice into its efforts to engage the community and partner with systems to support at-risk children and families.
Use of Cultural Brokers as an Approach to Community Engagement With African American Families in Child Welfare: An Empirically Based Curriculum (PDF - 1,016 KB)
California Social Work Education Center (CALSWEC) California State University, Fresno Department of Social Work Education (2011)
Helps social workers strengthen their knowledge and skills to reduce disproportionality and disparity for African-American families in child welfare. The curriculum provides research highlights, historical perspectives, conceptual frameworks, approaches for community engagement, and tools and experiential opportunities.