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August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Spotlight on Family Engagement

Engaging and partnering with families involved in child welfare is the foundation of good casework practice. This month's CBX features resources highlighting the importance of family engagement and offering guidance and strategies to help professionals better partner with families.

Family engaging with caseworker

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight a framework for providing prepermanency and postpermanency preparation and support services for children and families, as well as a report offering a snapshot of early childhood data available for children who are experiencing homelessness in each State.

Child Welfare Research

We feature a brief providing guidance on research-based principles to guide effective partnerships between social work education programs and child welfare agencies; a white paper on the theoretical framework, model, and strategies that guided Strong Communities; an initiative that seeks to keep kids safe by building systems of support for families of young children; and more.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other instruments that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This CBX section provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.