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February 2008Vol. 9, No. 1Involving Families in the CFSRs

Outcomes from the first round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) have helped States extend family engagement efforts beyond case planning, and some States are now engaging families for their input into agency policy and management. A November teleconference sponsored by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) featured presenters from North Carolina and Oregon discussing strategies used in their States to involve children and families in the CFSR process. The presenters outlined promising practices for involving families in such areas as assessing agency performance and planning program improvements. Associate directors from the NRCOI and the National Resource Center on Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning also participated.

The NRCOI has made this presentation available on its website as an audio file for MP3 players. Also included are links to the handouts used in the presentation, including manuals, information packets, PowerPoint slides/presentations, and more. Visit the NRCOI website to access these materials. Scroll down the page to the November 29 presentation at this link: