Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration

Last updated: 10-30-2020

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Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020
Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020
Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration
In today’s challenging environment and with the ongoing need to support children and families, providing opportunities for child welfare staff to learn about new strategies for building strong, prevention-focused child welfare systems is more important than ever. The presentations and resources below, which have been adapted from the 2020 Child Welfare Virtual Expo (CWVE), explore strategies for strengthening families, supporting implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and creating prevention-oriented child welfare systems that focus on keeping families together and improving the lives of children, youth, and families. Managers can use the resources in this collection to help teams dive into six key topics:
Becoming a prevention-focused system
Collaborating with families for systems change
Creating effective partnerships for primary prevention
Developing and measuring comprehensive prevention frameworks
Building a culture and climate that support a prevention-focused system
Taking the first steps toward a more prevention-focused system
Ready to Get Started?
First, select the topics that align with your team’s goals and interests. Then, use the activities in the discussion guide to prepare individuals for group learning, facilitate team discussions, create a shared understanding of how these topics relate to everyday work, and develop action plans to move the work forward.
Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 Discussion Guide (PDF - 1,592 KB)
Provides information and activities for each topic, including a description of the topic, reflection questions tailored to the topic, and team activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners. The reflection questions and team and collaborative partner activities will help the group identify themes and develop an action plan using the included tool.
1. Becoming a Prevention-Focused System
Discusses the importance of primary prevention in child welfare, the public systems approach to prevention (including the need for involving multiple voices and partnerships and strategies for developing a robust prevention continuum), and examples of how states have successfully implemented prevention programs. Choose this topic to:
Gain a foundational understanding of primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention in the context of child welfare
Learn how to engage and involve community partners in prevention planning
Explore strategies from the public health approach that can support child welfare agencies in anticipating system changes
Jasmine Hayes, Capacity Building Center for States
Jerry Milner, Children's Bureau
Michael Cull, University of Kentucky
Vivek Sankaran, University of Michigan Law School
Elliott Hinkle, Capacity Building Center for States
Session 1 Resource List (PDF - 109 KB)
2. Family Engagement: A Collaborative Process for Systems Change
Examines the question of how to change a system designed to protect children from their families to one that supports families to keep their children safe and healthy. The session explores the question from several perspectives. Choose this topic to:
Explore how to build an organizational culture that supports engaging and strengthening families throughout the prevention continuum  
Learn strategies to establish, support, and reinforce collaborative development of a service array that is responsive to families and youth  
Discover strategies used by jurisdictions and private organizations to support family networks and systems
Hear about unique tribal practices and customs used to engage families
Access information on continuing education units (CEUs)
3. Going Behind the Scenes: Effective Partnerships for Primary Prevention
Offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of effective collaboration to help gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of effective collaboration from multiple perspectives. Presenters also discuss strategies that can help avoid pitfalls when implementing effective partnerships for primary prevention. Choose this topic to:
Gain insight into key elements of being an effective partner or collaborator
Hear lessons learned from leaders in the field on pitfalls and speedbumps experienced in building collaborative relationships
Learn about strategies for enhancing communication in collaborations
Understand the role of data in child welfare prevention work
Access information on continuing education units (CEUs)
4. Developing and Measuring the Success of a Comprehensive Prevention Framework
Explores strategies for developing a comprehensive community prevention framework across all levels of prevention and examines how the impact of systems in the prevention framework can be analyzed and measured through data analysis and continuous quality improvement (CQI). Choose this topic to:
Identify strategies for developing comprehensive community prevention frameworks across all levels of prevention  
Discover how systems within the prevention framework work together to provide services for children and families and how the impact can be analyzed and measured
Learn how the prevention framework can be integrated into the CQI system and what types of data can be collected and used
Explore strategies for collaborating with families, youth, and community partners in understanding, sharing, and using prevention outcomes data throughout the CQI system
Access information on continuing education units (CEUs)
5. Building Prevention-Centered Systems: Key Leadership, Workforce, and Community Roles in Shifting and Sustaining Culture
Highlights the importance of successful collaboration and engagement for implementing prevention-focused systems and discusses strategies for building a prevention-focused agency culture while simultaneously working on collaboratively spreading the vision for prevention beyond the borders of child welfare agencies and into the community. Choose this topic to:
Examine the meaning of “culture” in the context of child welfare
Recognize the connection between moving prevention efforts forward and ensuring culture and climate are aligned with agency beliefs and values  
Identify ways to assess and address gaps in culture and climate needed to support prevention  
Learn foundational strategies necessary to lead the organization and community in building a culture, climate, and workforce that support prevention and collaboration
Access information on continuing education units (CEUs)
6. What Is Urgent? Taking the First Steps Toward Change
Explores actions that can lead to building authentic, collaborative, and prevention-focused child welfare systems and presents strategies for effective collaboration between child welfare agencies and community partners in the provision of prevention services. Choose this topic to:
Identify strategies for effective collaboration between child welfare agencies and community partners in the provision of prevention services
Review the FFPSA and develop ideas for incorporating it into state or territory plans
Develop a better understanding of how prevention-focused systems can improve child welfare outcomes
Learn strategies for engaging teams and the community around prevention-focused systems, strengthening families, and community partnerships
Watch the “Meet the Moment” video to learn more about the Children’s Bureau’s response to inequality in child welfare.
Interested in Earning Continuing Education Credits?
We are pleased to offer social work, clinical psychology, counseling, and marriage and family therapy continuing education units (CEUs) with this learning experience. A link to purchase CEUs is provided in the description of each individual session. *
*Note: The CEU sponsor, R. Cassidy Seminars, maintains responsibility for its CEU program. For more information on the licensing program and requirements, please visit the sponsor’s website .
Interested in Learning More About Past CWVE Topics?
Access archived sessions and materials from previous CWVEs:


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