September/October 2011Vol. 12, No. 7Video and Action Guide From SOC Communities
The National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care (SOC) has just developed two resources that will soon be posted on the Information Gateway website: (1) a video series highlighting two communities that received SOC Federal grants and (2) a policy action guide.
The Family Engagement in Child Welfare Video Series showcases the experiences of two SOC communities that worked with birth parents and kin caregivers in paraprofessional roles. The videos offer unique insight into the key elements needed to make peer-to-peer family engagement programs successful. From the perspectives of family members, caseworkers, supervisors, and administrators, the videos provide an inside look at program achievements and benefits, as well as fears and challenges related to family involvement. The videos will be posted on September 2 on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:
The Systems of Care Policy Action Guide is a capacity-building tool for identifying and advancing policy strategies to improve child welfare systems and practices. The guide provides a framework for thinking about child welfare policy options (e.g., legislation, multiparty agreements) and taking actions that promote an effective policy initiative. It provides printable assessment and planning documents for users to complete and share with partners and other stakeholders as they advance their policy initiatives. The guide will soon be available on the Information Gateway website: