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Training Curricula

The following curricula were developed by NRCPFC. Please click on one of the titles below to access the resource:

Additional curricula are available on our Hot Topics webpages.

  • Introduction to Family-Centered Practice
    During 2009-2010, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections partnered with Building Professional Social Work in Developing Countries to develop a Child Protection curriculum for social work faculty in Indonesia under a contract with Save the Children. The NRCPFC has modified the introductory curriculum into four modules for use in U.S. child welfare organizations and universities. Information from the modules can be incorporated into child welfare organizations’ pre-service training or used in a child welfare policy/practice course by BSW or MSW Programs.  NRCPFC is hopeful that colleagues in the U.S. will find this guide to be a useful product with students and with Local, State and Tribal child welfare workers currently in the field. The guide can be utilized in whole as it is written and taught in sequence or it can be used in part as modules or tools for training at the new worker or intermediate levels.

  • Introduction to Parent-Child Visits
    Child Welfare Information Gateway and the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) partnered to provide this free, self-guided online training on facilitating visits between parents and children involved with the child welfare system. The training promotes safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by providing information to help child welfare professionals maintain family connections when children are in out-of-home care. Participants will learn how parent-child visits can enhance efforts toward family reunification and improve outcomes for children and families. The training includes best practices regarding parent-child visits for child welfare workers, supervisors, and related professionals. This training is based on workshops and materials developed by Rose Marie Wentz, NRCPFC Consultant. (2010)

  • Promoting Placement Stability and Permanency through Caseworker/Child Visits
    Through the Child and Family Service Review process, it was found that there is a significant positive relationship between caseworker visits with children and a number of other indicators for safety, permanency and well-being. This curriculum was developed by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections in response to that clear indication that the importance of caseworker visits to children in foster care is positively correlated to outcomes for children and families. This one day curriculum is intended to be part of either pre-service or ongoing training within a child welfare organization. It builds on the concepts of attachment, strengths-based assessment and planning, child and youth development, effective interviewing and organizing contacts. It allows caseworkers to practice some of the skills through role plays and preparatory activities. The seven developmental checklists are tools for caseworker's to use as they begin to more intentionally structure their visits to focus on safety, permanence, and well being. (Updated May 2008)
    • Download handouts for Module 3:
      Developmental Approach to Assessing Safety, Permanency and Well Being with Families
  • NRCPFC Sibling Practice Curriculum
    The overall training objectives of this curriculum are: to enhance understanding of issues concerning siblings in out-of-home care; to expand knowledge and skills in making appropriate placement decisions for sibling groups; to enhance knowledge and skills in the recruitment and retention of resource families willing and able to parent sibling groups; to enhance ability to present appropriate information to the court to support sibling groups; and to increase knowledge of policy and legislation affecting sibling placements in participants' jurisdictions.
  • Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents Curriculum
    This four-module training curriculum is based on the Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents developed for the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) by Regina Deihl, J.D., Legal Advocates for Permanent Parenting and Cecilia Fiermonte, J.D., American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law. The manual itself can be purchased through the NFPA website.

    The curriculum was developed by Regina Deihl, J.D., Cecilia Fiermonte, J.D., and Dianne Kocer and Karen Jorgenson of the NFPA, with the support of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, A Service of the Children's Bureau. For each module we provide the instructor's guide, which includes all handouts, and a PowerPoint presentation to be used in presenting the module.
  • Assessing Adult Relatives as Preferred Caregivers in Permanency Planning: A Competency-Based Curriculum
    This curriculum was developed by the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning (now the National Resource Center Permanency and Family Connections). It is intended to be used in coordination with your existing state laws, policies and best practices regarding safety and family study assessments, placement, permanency planning efforts, child and family well-being initiatives and foster/adoptive family licensing/approval procedures. (March 2002)
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