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February 2009Vol. 10, No. 1Implementation Centers Offer New Services to States and Tribes

The Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network is expanding to include a number of new organizations that will provide additional information, training, technical assistance, research, and consultation to support States and Tribes in their efforts to improve their child welfare systems. Five of these new organizations are regional Implementation Centers (ICs) that will facilitate peer-to-peer networking across State and Tribal child welfare systems, host regional forums, and support systems change projects. The goal is to help States and Tribes follow through with long-term systems change that will result in improved outcomes for children and families.

During this fiscal year, each IC will hold at least one regional forum to let States and Tribes know about the IC resources and upcoming activities, increase knowledge about systems change, and formalize peer-to-peer relationships across geographic areas within the region. Later, each IC will enter into mutually binding agreements with several States and/or Tribes within its area to develop and implement long-term plans for sustainable child welfare systems change. These projects may focus on systems change in areas such as organizational culture, administration, or direct practice with children and families. The projects will be guided by a systems of care framework and principles from the Child and Family Services Reviews. During its 5-year cooperative agreement, each IC will offer intensive technical assistance, also drawing on the resources of the Children's Bureau and its full T&TA Network.

States and Tribes can request information about upcoming IC activities:

Future issues of CBX will highlight other new members of the T&TA Network.