• September 2009
  • Vol. 10, No. 7

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Promising Practices in Family Engagement

Engaging families involved in the child welfare system in case planning and service delivery gives them a stronger voice in the decision-making process and improves outcomes for children and youth. A new online toolkit from the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) helps States and Tribes learn more about promising practices for family engagement in child welfare and how to incorporate those practices into their policies and programs.

The toolkit focuses on five core principles of family engagement practice:

  • Caseworker engagement with families
  • Birth and foster family partnerships
  • Shared planning and decision-making
  • Cross-system partnerships
  • Stakeholder involvement

For each core principle, the toolkit describes key elements and shares promising strategies States have used to improve practices in that area. The toolkit includes numerous references and links to online resources to learn more about family engagement strategies.

"Family Engagement: A Web-Based Practice Toolkit" is available on the NRCFCPPP website:


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