This podcast series, produced on behalf of the Children's Bureau, presents a series of interviews and group conversations intended to provide beneficial information for busy child welfare and social work professionals. The podcasts cover a wide range of topics and provide perspectives from communities served by child welfare agencies along with tips and stories from professionals about implementing new services and programs, working across agencies, and improving practice.
The views and opinions expressed within these podcasts do not necessarily reflect those of the Children's Bureau or the Administration for Children and Families.
Explores all the partnerships, trainings, and coordination within San Diego County’s Children’s Services.
Shares the work of the Center for Family Life, an organization that aims to stabilize families by providing an array of neighborhood-based family and social services in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Shares the stories from three Tribes strengthening their partnerships with their Tribal social services departments and agencies.
Features the challenges faced and methods used by two different Tribal courts in reviewing and updating their court’s Children’s Code.
Continues a conversation exploring how the San Francisco Human Services Agency partnered with the San Francisco Housing Authority and the Homeless Prenatal Program to help families obtain vouchers and locate affordable housing in the Bay Area.
Shares the stories and perspectives from the Saint Regis Mohawk and Mashpee Wampanoag Tribes, told by a chief judge and chief of the Tribe’s Elders Judiciary Committee, respectively.
Provides future and new caseworkers guidance and tips on how to perform the work, along with examples from former caseworkers of how they managed their time, energy, and emotion.
Explores how the San Francisco Human Services Agency partnered with the San Francisco Housing Authority and the Homeless Prenatal Program to help families obtain Family Unification Program vouchers and locate affordable housing in the Bay Area.
Features the lessons learned and experiences gained through the YMCA Families United Family Group Conferencing Program, a recipient of a 2015 Children's Bureau grant within the Building the Evidence for Family Group Decision-Making in Child Welfare discretionary grant cluster.
Features a conversation with three members of the Parent Advisory Council who discuss how agencies can identify and engage parents to share their voice and experience, how to involve parents across the entire system to improve outcomes, and the biggest ‘a-ha’ moments practitioners have when hearing parent’s stories for the first time.
Showcases the Oregon Department of Human Services' Family Support and Connections, a Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention program.
Presents how the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services manages its network of Family Support Centers through its Office of Child Development and Early Learning.
Shares how frontline child welfare professionals were empowered their staff to design solutions that improved office culture, partnerships, and outcomes for the children and families they serve.
Details how Washington D.C.’s CFSA reorganized the contracts and the services for the Healthy Families Thriving Communities Collaborative Network, which serves the city’s diverse wards.
Showcases how a specific training developed by Prevent Child Abuse Iowa serves as a community-based effort to promote and build understanding, trauma-informed communities by tailoring evidence-based training to the following community sectors: early education, education, health care, faith based, and workforce.
Showcases a National Child Welfare Workforce Institute university-agency partnership between the University of North Dakota Department of Social Work and the North Dakota Department of Children and Family Services.
Shares an example of how one state changed its approach to staff development, as well as provides insight on the “must-haves” and lessons learned in moving away from isolated interventions and toward a targeted and cohesive strategy.
Hear how addressing your workforce can impact worker turnover, enhance leadership skills, build staff capacity and other challenges facing child welfare agencies. The podcast also focuses on the essential elements and implementation of the Workforce Development Framework, which was developed by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.
Shares the perspective from a child welfare veteran with nearly three-decades serving children and families. Listen to what’s changed—and what’s remained consistent.
Showcases how parent advocates, who have past experience with the child welfare system, are using their knowledge to help support families within Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM).