Voices from the field

Voices from the field offers a suite of resources — including videos, audio interviews, and written Q&A’s — elevating the perspectives and stories of constituents and child welfare professionals from around the country. The resources capture the personal experiences, insights, and recommendations for transformation from families, communities, and other leaders working tirelessly to create a child and family well-being system that supports and strengthens families.

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How can birth and foster parents partner to achieve reunification?

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Senior black woman and granddaughter sit embracing outside

What are the four tiers of authentic family engagement?

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How can child welfare leaders advance a 21st century child well-being system?

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Dr. Jonathan Thackeray and Carrie Baker share collaborative efforts to improve pediatric practices and prevent recurrent child maltreatment.

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Dr. Deborah Daro, senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, outlines the goals of a public health approach to child welfare.

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Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

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Dr. Joia Crear-Perry explores issues of race, maternal and child health disparities, and how we can address bias in our work with families.

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Scott Modell, Noel Hengelbrok, and Michael Cull introduce the concept of safety science and offer ways child welfare can respond differently to create a safety culture.

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Dr. Rhema Vaithiananthan and Erin Dalton provide an overview of predictive risk modeling and its applicability in child welfare to support decision-making at the hotline.

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These brief videos talk about why it is important to recognize the strengths within each family.

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This short video describes how child welfare agencies can operationalize the four tiers of family engagement.

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This brief video stresses the need for improved communication between medical providers and child protection to keep infants safe.

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These two short videos featuring experts on safety offer insights on how to promote a culture around safety within child welfare agencies.

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Infants and toddlers are the most vulnerable among us. These two videos highlight different ways to keep them safe from harm.

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These two brief videos highlight the importance of building trust with staff when developing a safety culture.

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These brief videos describe why establishing feedback loops for staff to provide input on policy and practice changes helps build trust.

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This video underscores the importance of supporting staff so they can focus on what matters most: being responsive to children and families.

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These brief videos describe the importance of collaboration across sectors to keep children safe and meet community needs.

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These brief videos describe the urgency behind the need for child welfare system transformation and what it would entail.

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Transformational change in child welfare is possible. These four brief videos offer some strategies to transform child welfare.

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Listen to an audio recording to learn how birth and foster parent partnerships can build trusting relationships and lead to reunification.

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These three brief videos describe a 21st century child well-being system and why creating one will benefit children and families.

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In two videos, Tiffany Goodpasture explains how mindful organizing is being used at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

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Learn how Allegheny County achieved a kin-first culture shift in this Q&A with Marc Cherna, director of Department of Human Services.

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In this Q&A, Chris Tappan details how New Hampshire’s child and family serving systems are collaborating for transformation.

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Director Donald describes her leadership strategies, which have transformed the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency.

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In this Q&A, Timothy Phipps describes the importance of involving parents, especially fathers, in designing the child welfare system.

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This Q&A explores strategies to ensure excellent parenting for children in foster care, and to support relationships with birth parents.

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In this Q&A, David Sanders is interviewed about how child welfare agencies can improve their partnerships with birth parents.

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Dr. Jonathan Thackeray and Carrie Baker share collaborative efforts to improve pediatric practices and prevent recurrent child maltreatment.

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Dr. Deborah Daro, senior research fellow at Chapin Hall, outlines the goals of a public health approach to child welfare.

READ STORY

Scott Hippert describes how Family Connects approaches prevention by offering communitywide home visits to support families with newborns.

READ STORY

Dr. Joia Crear-Perry explores issues of race, maternal and child health disparities, and how we can address bias in our work with families.

READ STORY

Scott Modell, Noel Hengelbrok, and Michael Cull introduce the concept of safety science and offer ways child welfare can respond differently to create a safety culture.

READ STORY

Dr. Rhema Vaithiananthan and Erin Dalton provide an overview of predictive risk modeling and its applicability in child welfare to support decision-making at the hotline.

READ STORY

These brief videos talk about why it is important to recognize the strengths within each family.

READ STORY

This short video describes how child welfare agencies can operationalize the four tiers of family engagement.

READ STORY

This brief video stresses the need for improved communication between medical providers and child protection to keep infants safe.

READ STORY

These two short videos featuring experts on safety offer insights on how to promote a culture around safety within child welfare agencies.

READ STORY

Barbara Andrade DuBransky, director of Family Supports at First 5 LA, describes the county’s constellation of home visiting programs.

READ STORY

These two brief videos underscore how being a data-driven system can help staff with decision-making and prioritization.

READ STORY

Infants and toddlers are the most vulnerable among us. These two videos highlight different ways to keep them safe from harm.

READ STORY

These two brief videos highlight the importance of building trust with staff when developing a safety culture.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe why establishing feedback loops for staff to provide input on policy and practice changes helps build trust.

READ STORY

This video underscores the importance of supporting staff so they can focus on what matters most: being responsive to children and families.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe the importance of collaboration across sectors to keep children safe and meet community needs.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe how family resource centers in San Francisco offer concrete supports to families and build protective factors.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe the urgency behind the need for child welfare system transformation and what it would entail.

READ STORY

These brief videos describe what it would take to re-envision residential care so that children grow up where they belong: with family.

READ STORY

Transformational change in child welfare is possible. These four brief videos offer some strategies to transform child welfare.

READ STORY

Listen to an audio recording to learn how birth and foster parent partnerships can build trusting relationships and lead to reunification.

READ STORY

These three brief videos describe a 21st century child well-being system and why creating one will benefit children and families.

READ STORY

In two videos, Tiffany Goodpasture explains how mindful organizing is being used at the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

READ STORY

In this leadership Q & A, BJ Walker, director of Illinois DCFS, shares her perspectives regarding the importance of Family First.

READ STORY

This Q&A with Marc Cherna describes how he developed his leadership style to achieve his vision and drive change in Allegheny County.

READ STORY

Learn how Allegheny County achieved a kin-first culture shift in this Q&A with Marc Cherna, director of Department of Human Services.

READ STORY

In this Q&A, Chris Tappan details how New Hampshire’s child and family serving systems are collaborating for transformation.

READ STORY

Director Donald describes her leadership strategies, which have transformed the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency.

READ STORY

In this Q&A, Timothy Phipps describes the importance of involving parents, especially fathers, in designing the child welfare system.

READ STORY

This Q&A explores strategies to ensure excellent parenting for children in foster care, and to support relationships with birth parents.

READ STORY

In this Q&A, David Sanders is interviewed about how child welfare agencies can improve their partnerships with birth parents.

READ STORY
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