• March 2008
  • Vol. 9, No. 2

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Agencies and Courts Meeting Presentations Available

"Fresh Perspectives on Child Welfare Partnerships" was the theme of the December 2007 Children's Bureau Conference for Agencies and Courts in Arlington, VA. State child welfare directors, Court Improvement Program representatives, staff of the Children's Bureau's Training & Technical Assistance Network, State training directors, university partners, Federal staff, and others were invited to attend and make presentations. The variety and scope of the presentations highlighted the many creative ways that agencies and courts are collaborating with partners to effect systems change and improve outcomes for children and families.

Speakers provided the most up-to-date information, statistics, and promising practices from their programs around the country. Topics included funding, the CFSRs, assessment, court/agency collaboration, training, workforce development, disproportionality, and more. Several of the presentations formed the basis for other articles in this issue of Children's Bureau Express (see "Hawaii's Differential Response System: An Interview With John Walters," "Collaboration and Systems Change: Two States' Efforts," and "Practice Models in Child Welfare.")

Presentations, handouts, and videos of the plenary sessions from the conference can be accessed through the website [editor's note: this link no longer exists].

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