Explore our Questions from the Field resources to learn more about the child welfare workforce.
We believe that a skilled and stable child welfare workforce supported by quality-focused agency environments are key to improved outcomes for children and families. Leaders from the field have asked for resources on building healthy organizations. The documents featured here reflect responses to inquiries about developing an effective workforce and building data-informed infrastructure so that child welfare agencies function at their best.
Mindful organizing supports better decision-making and service delivery, which lead to better child safety and improved family well-being.
Learn how several agencies successfully reduced backlogs that resulted from overdue child protective services investigations.
In two videos, Tiffany Goodpasture explains how mindful organizing is being used at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.
Learn how a residential treatment program for children with behavioral health challenges shifted its practice toward parent engagement.
In this Q&A, David Sanders is interviewed about how child welfare agencies can improve their partnerships with birth parents.
In this Q&A, Timothy Phipps describes the importance of involving parents, especially fathers, in designing the child welfare system.
Learn how a residential treatment program changed its business model, practice, and culture to better serve youth and families.
San Diego County’s Safety-Organized Practice model builds partnerships between families and child welfare using a strengths-based approach.
This appendix provides a brief summary of the research on individual parent partner programs.
Parent partners can guide parents through a difficult time and instill hope. Learn more about parent partner programs in this issue brief.
Pay for Success expands a recovery program that allows children to remain at home with parents undergoing treatment for substance use.
Learn how Allegheny County achieved a kin-first culture shift in this Q&A with Marc Cherna, director of Department of Human Services.
This Q&A with Marc Cherna describes how he developed his leadership style to achieve his vision and drive change in Allegheny County.
Connecticut has integrated trauma-informed practices throughout its child welfare system by way of an innovative approach called CONCEPT.
This video underscores the importance of supporting staff so they can focus on what matters most: being responsive to children and families.
These two brief videos highlight the importance of building trust with staff when developing a safety culture.
These brief videos describe why establishing feedback loops for staff to provide input on policy and practice changes helps build trust.
Families involved with child welfare systems can offer critical insights and feedback. Learn to design systems driven by their expertise.
These two brief videos underscore how being a data-driven system can help staff with decision-making and prioritization.