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NRCPFC Projects, Products, and Toolkits

 

NRCPFC Web-based Practice Toolkits
  • Youth Permanency Toolkit
    This new web-based toolkit from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) provides a historical perspective on youth permanency as well as current definitions. This toolkit also provides information on the adolescent brain. Based on a review of the literature and current practice, the toolkit is organized into five core components. The toolkit discusses each core component and provides related resources and policy examples. The toolkit also includes an organizational self study which child welfare agencies can use to review their policies and practices and identify technical assistance and training needs.


  • Working with Siblings in Foster Care Toolkit
    This new web-based toolkit from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) provides an overview of what we know about sibling relationships for children and youth in foster care; shares children/youth’s views of siblings, as well as legal and policy definitions of siblings; and discusses how siblings are addressed in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 and Child and Family Service Reviews. Based on a review of the literature and current practice, the toolkit is organized into ten dynamic practice components. The toolkit discusses each practice component and provides related resources and policy examples. The toolkit also includes an organizational self study, which child welfare agencies can use to review their policies and practices and identify technical assistance and training needs.


  • Guardianship: A Web-based Primer
    Guardianship is an extremely important area of child welfare policy and practice, and is huge in scope. Rather than attempting to address all guardianship issues in this document, in this new online resource, NRCPFC strategically presents an overview of the salient issues. It is intended as an online tool for programs, states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources are made available. For this primer, NRCPFC thoroughly reviewed provisions in the legislation that address guardianship. Our goal is to provide the field with information on the components that support guardianship. This primer provides a broad array of resources from research, state policies, procedures and practice and includes an organizational self-study guide.


  • Kinship Care and the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: A Web-based Toolkit
    This new NRCPFC web-based toolkit discusses the critical kinship care practices addressed in the Fostering Connections Act: notice to relatives, foster care licensing standards, placement with siblings, and family connections grants. The toolkit provides information and links to resources on each of these topics. The toolkit is accompanied by an organizational self study on kinship care, which can be used to review kinship care policies and practices through the lens of the Fostering Connections Act.


  • Placement Stability: A Web-based Practice Toolkit
    This online toolkit provides information on the three core components that support placement stability practice: Individualized assessment and placement services for children and youth; Recruitment, assessment, selection, and support of caregivers; and, Placement stability policies and practices for child welfare organizations. The toolkit includes a broad array of resources from research, state policies, procedures and practices, and curricula, as well as an organizational self study guide.


  • Concurrent Planning: A Web-based Practice Toolkit
    This toolkit was funded through a cooperative agreement between the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York and the Children’s Bureau to the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC).This toolkit is intended as an online tool for states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources are made available. Since this publication is a web-based toolkit NRCPFC plans to regularly update it as new programs, practices, publications and policies that focus on concurrent planning become available. It can provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues and share program successes and challenges. In putting together this toolkit, we reviewed current research and documentation on concurrent planning. Our goal is to provide the field with information on the nine components necessary for successful concurrent planning practice. We provide a broad array of resources from research, peer reviewed articles, state policies, procedures and practices, tip sheets, curricula and an organizational self study guide.

  • Family Engagement: A Web-based Practice Toolkit
    This toolkit was funded through a cooperative agreement between the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York and the Children’s Bureau to the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning. This toolkit is intended as an online tool for programs, states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources are made available. It can provide an opportunity to connect with colleagues and share program successes and challenges.  For this toolkit, we have chosen a few examples and recognize that they are by no means the only programs using some of these principles and practices. Our goal is to continuously update this on-line toolkit to reflect current practices and resources in the field and recognize programs and practices.


NRCPFC Projects
  • Digital Stories from the Field
    This site represents NRCPFC’s on-going work to create digital stories with key stakeholders in the child welfare field. Digital Storytelling takes full advantage of the advent/diffusion of increasingly more accessible technology tools like audio, photo, and video equipment. In their own voices, storytellers present their narratives, combining their voices with images, sounds, and video, to create short, powerful digital movies that can be easily shared with a designated audience. The movies have particular utility for individuals and organizations providing TA to States, Localities, and Tribes or those in Social Work educational settings, as these stories literally bring the voices and experiences of those most affected by the child welfare system into the room. This new web site currently has over fifty-five stories representing the perspectives of former foster youth, social workers, supervisors, parents, family partners, advocates, judges and CASA workers. Current stories cover a wide range of topics including permanency, adoption, reunification, youth development, the importance of parent and youth voice in case planning, and the role of courts and the judicial system in planning for and with families. Most recently, NRCPFC added a Systems of Care section to this site, which features stories that represent the voices of community members who have been directly impacted by Systems of Care through Multnomah Education Service District and Wraparound Oregon: Early Childhood. Each digital story on this site is accompanied by additional web-based resources on the story topic.



  • Preparation for Adulthood Supervising for Success
    Preparation for Adulthood – Supervising for Success was a three year curriculum development and training project funded by the Children’s Bureau Discretionary Grants Program – ACF/DHHS. The goal of the project was to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a training curriculum for public child welfare supervisors. This curriculum will strengthen supervision of staff’s interventions with older youth who are in foster care. Our state and city partners in this project were Oregon Department of Human Services, State Office for Services to Children and Families, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.


NRCPFC Products
  • NRCPFC Organizational Self-Study on Educational Stability
    This self-study assessment tool, developed by NRCPFC, can be used by child welfare agencies to review efforts to implement the educational provisions of Fostering Connections and to establish policies and practices that support educational stability and continuity for children in foster care. The tool is designed to review overall administrative policies, identify strengths and challenges in ensuring educational stability for children and youth, and assess technical assistance and training needs. It covers legal mandates/policies/practices, collaboration with State or local education agencies, collaboration with juvenile courts, school transportation, data collection and analysis, and professional development. (July 2011)

  • Organizational Self Study on Parent-Child and Sibling Visits
    NRCPFC created this self study assessment tool to assist agencies with reviewing the core principles of parent-child and sibling visitingThe tool is designed to review overall agency readiness, assess administrative policies, and identify strengths and challenges in parent-child and sibling visiting practice.  This assessment tool can aid you in shaping your technical assistance needs. (May 2011)


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