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April 2002Vol. 3, No. 3National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice Convenes Meeting of State and Tr

Supporting States as they develop and implement program improvement plans (PIPs) was the focus of the second annual meeting of State and tribe child welfare officials held in Washington, DC, in January. Last year's meeting in New Orleans laid the groundwork by helping States prepare for the review. This year's meeting, again sponsored by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, brought together representatives from States and 30 federally recognized tribes to participate in discussions and sessions with staff from the Children's Bureau, seven national resource centers supporting States and tribes, and regional office staff from the Administration for Children and Families.

Panel discussions centered on sharing lessons learned from the first year of reviews and the first set of PIPs that had been submitted by States after their reviews. Topics included:

  • Measuring improvement
  • PIPs, practice principles, and promising practices
  • PIPs and systemic change in State child welfare systems
  • Child and family services reviews and PIPs: tools and strategies to create systemic change.

"State and tribal representatives who participated in these two meetings were very pleased to have the opportunity to learn from Federal staff as well as from each other about lessons learned about planning and implementing the statewide assessment and onsite review and preparing program improvement plans," said Elena Cohen, director of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice. "In addition, participants learned about the array of technical assistance that is available through the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance Network."

For more information, contact:

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice
1150 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 800-628-8442
Fax: 202-628-3812