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  • Family Group Decision-Making: Parent Advocates in New York City

    This podcast provides an overview of EFCI, which follows the principles of FGDM, and offers insight into how parent advocates steer families through their case plan, provide emotional support to the families, and use their past experience within the child welfare system to enable better outcomes for their client's families.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Overcoming Challenges to Working With States

    This episode, 'Overcoming Challenges to Working With States', is part of a series featuring the work of Tribal Court Improvement Program grantees. The episode shares examples of Tribal court and Tribal child welfare agencies navigating legal and jurisdictional challenges from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, told by Tribal social services court staff, respectively.
  • Tribal Courts and Child Welfare: Being Family Centered

    Many Tribal courts are responsible for protecting the safety, health, and well-being of Tribal children and families. In addition to those responsibilities—which are also held by State, county, and Federal courts—some Tribal courts may also be responsible for recognizing Tribal customs and traditions regarding child rearing and preserving and strengthening children’s cultural and ethnic identity, where possible. This impacts how Tribal courts partner with child welfare departments to support family reunification and strengthen a family’s connection to their Tribe and its culture.
  • Five Steps for Stronger Child Welfare Workforce

    'Five Steps to a Stronger Child Welfare Workforce' explores the key components and requirements of a five-step process developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The process rose out of a 3-year effort to improve child protective services staff that was tested and evaluated through partnerships with Ohio’s Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services and Colorado’s Jefferson County Division of Children, Youth, and Families.
  • Birth-Foster Parent Mentoring Teams

    'Birth-Foster Parent Mentoring Teams,' features a conversation with both birth and foster parent mentors and leaders, along with the 2018 California Social Worker of the Year. Together, the group describes the work toward changing the culture around foster care to support reunification by creating relationships and partnerships between birth and foster parents.
  • Increasing the Impact of Community Organizations

    This episode is intended for those working with or for organizations looking to make a difference. It shares the insights and experiences of Families Forward Virginia, a nonprofit, prevention-focused organization. Since 2017, Families Forward Virginia and its network of local affiliates have provided statewide leadership and support for a multitude of Virginia programs through evidence-based and multigenerational strategies. Hear about how the organization develops open-minded and service-based relationships as well as provides tools, resources, and trainings.
  • Virtual Reality - The Next Stage of Caseworker Training

    The need for training continues across child welfare, but students and new caseworkers still can benefit from practicing the skills required for casework after their classroom sessions have ended. This episode discusses a virtual reality-based home visiting training currently being used by the university's B.S.W. students — Virtual Home Simulation (VHS) — which was developed by the University of Utah College of Social Work in partnership with the university's games and applications lab. While other online trainings exist, the developers of the VHS training point to the following features that set it apart from other simulation-based trainings.
  • Casework: What it Really Takes

    Are you ready for your first day as a caseworker? What are the challenges you will face, and how can you adapt to meet them? These are questions new caseworkers may be faced with very quickly as they embark on a career in child welfare. The desire and passion to help children and families is admirable, but performing the roles required of caseworkers takes hard work and can be emotionally taxing.
  • Child Welfare Then and Now

    Child Welfare Information Gateway's podcast, "Child Welfare Then and Now," shares the perspective from child welfare veteran with nearly three-decades serving children and families.
  • Collaborating Between Child Welfare and Mental Health

    In this podcast, listeners will hear about a joint training and collaborative effort that occurred outside Baltimore, MD, designed for each group of professionals to better understand each other by sharing target outcomes for children and families, developing a common language to care, understanding each systems’ particular needs, and learning how to recognize and assess signs and symptoms of potential mental health disorders.