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Building Agency/Community Partnerships
This section examines how agencies and community members can work together to monitor and improve child welfare agency services and outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system.
- Stakeholder/community involvement in agency oversight
- Engaging families and communities in service improvement/systems reform
- State and local examples
Engaging Community Stakeholders and Building Community Partnerships
In CFSR Training and Technical Assistance Package
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2007)
Facilitates stakeholder involvement in a child welfare agency and teaches how to establish and sustain relationships. It includes information on the legal system, Tribes, and families.
|Community Partnerships: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment.|
|Author(s):||Children's Bureau. Office on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Download (PDF - 3,388KB)
|Year Published:||2010 - 150 pages|
|This manual reflects the widespread recognition that coordinated multidisciplinary responses are needed to address the complex needs of today's children and families. It offers guidance on how diverse community agencies, organizations, and individuals can join together to provide a web of support for families and create safe, healthy environments for children to thrive. The manual describes the benefits of community partnerships, outlines the steps to establishing and sustaining partnerships, and provides information on how to measure results. It also describes ways in which child protective services can adapt their practices to engage families' natural support systems and increase community involvement ...|
8 Ways to Engage Your Community
National Responsible Fatherhood Capacity Building Initiative (2008)
View Abstract and Document
Discusses eight strategies for engaging a community in a program.
Building Community Partnerships: Step by Step (PDF - 512 KB)
Annie E. Casey Foundation (2005)
Explores the benefits of community partnerships and provides a framework for transition toward enhanced community partnerships. The report includes practical strategies, suggestions, and examples of community collaboratives.
Building the Future of Family Involvement
Harvard Family Research Project
Evaluation Exchange, 14(1&2), 2008
Examines the current state of and future directions for the family involvement field in research, policy, and practice.
Community Building and 21st Century Child Welfare
Hornberger & Briar-Lawson (Eds.)
Child Welfare, 84, 2005
Presents models of community-building initiatives and other examples that advance knowledge and practices in the field.
Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Initiative
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Strives to protect children and support families through improved agency and community collaboration, national and State policy, child welfare reform, and promoting racial equality. The website provides information on communities involved, key strategies, and program evaluation.
Family-Centered Community Building (PDF - 380 KB)
National Human Services Assembly (2005)
Explores a process for engaging family residents and other stakeholders in collaborative efforts to strengthen and improve conditions for families with children, including a discussion of advantages, case studies, and State and local policy recommendations.
Families Gaining Their Seat at the Table: Family Engagement Strategies in the First Round of Child and Family Services Reviews and Program Improvement Plans (PDF - 1370 KB)
Munson & Freundlich (2008)
Provides an overview of States' use of family engagement strategies as identified in the first round of the CFSRs and PIPs.
|Family Involvement in Public Child Welfare Driven Systems of Care|
|Author(s):||National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care
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|Year Published:||2008 - 8 pages|
|Because such a large percentage of children involved with child welfare reside with their family of origin, engagement with families is essential for achieving successful outcomes. The importance of consumer engagement in system improvement has been well established in the literature (e.g., Chrislip, 2002; Jennings, 2002; Milner, 2003; Parents Anonymous, 2005; Whipple & Zalenski, 2006). As State child welfare administrators work within their agencies and with other public and private stakeholders to develop and implement Program Improvement Plans in response to Child and Family Services Reviews, family inclusion and participation promise to be vital for improving outcomes and fostering system ...|
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Improves outcomes for vulnerable children by strengthening their families' connections to economic opportunity, positive social networks, and effective services and supports. Agencies work in full partnership with residents, community organizations, local government, businesses, and funders.