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 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).
Gives listeners an overview of how Arizona Kinship Support Services implements the Family Group Conference model, developed by the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Provides details about the New Mexico Regional Resource Navigator program. This program assigns navigators to work exclusively with specific regions of the state to guide families through the assessment and licensing processes.
Provides listeners greater detail into how Florida community-based care agencies, state agencies, and professional marketing teams partnered together. The conversation includes the approach to gathering target audience data, how agencies were provided marketing and outreach plans unique to their region, and a comparison of how the intelligent marketing approach has impacted the number of foster families.
Centers on the multidimensional model, Partnering for Success, developed from a Children’s Bureau grant to the National Center for Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare.
Showcases successful examples of communities improving the connections between kinship caregivers and available services.
Showcases successful examples of kinship navigator programs connecting kinship families with available services.
Takes a detailed look into a local agency’s efforts to holistically implement a protective factors-based approach.
Provides an overview of protective factors and helps listeners distinguish protective factors from risk factors.
Provides listeners with insights gained from a partnership occurring in Spartanburg, SC.
Continues the conversation with leaders of local fatherhood organizations in which they share their perspectives and insights and recommendations to help child welfare agencies partner with fatherhood organizations to enhance the engagement and involvement of fathers and paternal family members in establishing permanency and safety for children in the child welfare system.
Features a conversation with leaders of local fatherhood organizations in which they share their perspectives and insights and recommendations to help child welfare agencies partner with fatherhood organizations to enhance the engagement and involvement of fathers and paternal family members in establishing permanency and safety for children in the child welfare system.
Features a conversation between those with experience on both sides of the working relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems.
Provides examples about how to help child welfare professionals cope with secondary traumatic stress.
Discusses how the Miami CARES project identifies victims; provides therapeutic services; brings juvenile justice agencies, the State's attorney office, and public defenders together for a common cause; and sustains communication and collaboration between agencies.
Listen to members of the Iowa Department of Human Services, along with Children & Families of Iowa, who helped institute and expand the State's parent partner program. A veteran parent partner is also featured and provides insight on recruiting and retaining parent partners.
Gives caseworkers the perspective of a former youth in foster care and provides insight and tips on using Facebook to learn more about youth in care, information about the knowledge gaps youth may have about transitioning to adulthood, and ways to help youth recognize the supportive adults in their lives and develop trusting relationships.