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 Tue Sept 29 -1pm ET

Generations United's State of Grandfamilies Report Release Event

Join us for the on-line release of Generations United’s 2020 State of Grandfamilies Report - Facing A Pandemic: Grandfamilies Living Together During COVID-19 and Thriving Beyond. This report seeks to elevate the unique needs of grandfamilies heightened by the pandemic, along with solutions to connect grandfamilies to critical supports during this crisis and to create systems that will continue to serve them well.

 Wed Sept 30 -2pm ET

Working with Immigrant Children and Families Involved in the State Child Welfare System: Case Study from Initiation to Resolution of a Dependency Proceeding​​​​​​​

This webinar, co-presented by the ABA Center on Children and the Law with the ABA Children's Immigration Law Academy,  will provide an overview of considerations for attorneys working with immigrant families and children using case studies at each phase of a dependency court proceeding. The speakers will provide promising practices and resources for child welfare attorneys as well as key sources of relevant immigration law. 

 Thur Oct 1 -1pm ET

One Roof: Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Crisis

To help families thrive we must address the intersectional barriers of extreme poverty, disparities in health and disabilities, and systemic racism. The COVID-19 crisis alongside a rising up against the long history of racism in America has created a much-needed opportunity to fundamentally shift the way we support families and work to keep them together while helping them to meet their needs and thrive. One Roof is the collaborative national effort advancing housing solutions designed to keep or reunify families safely together and stabilized in their own homes with access to services.  Join CWLA for a webinar that will highlight components of this approach, with specific local examples and strategies related to the ongoing pandemic and long-standing racial disparities, which supports reimagining of a more equitable child welfare and community response.

Thur Oct 1-1pm ET

Parents Anonymous® Study Shows Reductions in Abuse

A recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) found some encouraging reductions in child abuse and maltreatment outcomes for Parents Anonymous® participants in two southern California counties. Most notably, the program was associated with a large reduction in substantiated abuse/maltreatment. Join NCCD for a webinar presentation of the study and results. Presenters include Elizabeth Harris, PhD, Senior Researcher at NCCD; Lisa Pion-Berlin, PhD, Executive Director, Parents Anonymous®; and Antonia Rios, Chair, Parents Anonymous® National Parent Leadership Team.

Thur Oct 1-3pm ET

Approaches to Managing Juvenile Cases in the COVID Era

Timeliness is of central importance in court cases involving young people, and during the pandemic, courts across the country are using different approaches to manage these time sensitive cases. Join the National Center for States for a webinar to learn about promising case management strategies for delinquency and dependency cases and hear lessons learned from judges who oversee these cases.

Tue Oct 6-Thur Oct 8

CWLA Virtual Summit: Advancing Racial Justice, Equity, and Inclusion for Children and Families

Join CWLA in exploring the evolution of child welfare services and the progress we’ve made; highlighting learning and innovations developed during these challenging times; discussing solutions and goals to achieve racial justice, equity, and inclusion; highlighting collaborative approaches for cross-system, cross-sector, and community engagement; and identifying system, policy, and funding changes needed for improved progress on family strengthening and child well-being.

 Wed Oct 14-Fri Oct 16

Together For Families Conference​​​​​​​

The biennial Together for Families Conference is a unique event that connects various stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on best and promising practice for supporting families’ advancement.  The Conference is designed for practitioners at the program, systems, and funder levels, it will provide valuable opportunities for learning from expert presentations, innovation sharing, peer learning, and networking. 

 Thur Oct 22-11am ET

Family First Coffee Hour​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for an informal discussion about implementation of the Family First. As October 2021, the final implementation deadline for states, nears, this will be a great opportunity to check in with one another. This session will include breakout groups by topic area, so that participants can learn and share with one another. Participants from around the country will share their planning processes, practice implications, and policy changes. They will also talk about data being collected that will inform changes.

 Thur Oct 29-11am ET

Using Lessons Learned from Natural Disasters and Tragedies to Inform COVID-19 Response and Recovery Activities

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion to learn about the impact that disasters and tragedies, such as COVID-19, have on communities; how recovery-oriented communities succeed; and how effective strategies, like applying long-term trauma-informed grief support services for communities affected by tragedies can be essential. Research shows that disasters have a much greater impact on low-income communities and communities of color. As part of this learning series, participants will explore the institutionalized racism that weaves throughout our society and shows itself in many ways, including in the context of the environment and natural disasters. 

 Thur Nov 5-2pm ET

Building Justice and Equity in Child Welfare Agencies​​​​​​​

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion that will highlight disproportionality and racial injustice in child welfare. The discussion will feature issues specific to LGBTQ youth, and provide actionable takeaways for participants. 

 Thur Nov 12-2pm ET

Resilience and Learnings from Brain Science​​​​​​​

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion in which participants will learn about innovative approaches, strategies, and how to inform systems change with brain science research; uncover implications for their work; and leave with turnkey approaches to integrate brain science concepts into their organizations. 

 Thur Nov 19-11am ET

21st Century Child and Family Well-Being Systems and a Pivot Toward Prevention​​​​​​​

Join the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities for a discussion that will focus on policies that promote well-being, strong families, and the prevention of child maltreatment. Essential to this conversation is the understanding that systemic injustices in our society limit access and opportunity for some children and families. 

Archived events

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 Thur Sept 24 - 10am- 5pm ET

Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020:
Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration

The CWVE is an annual 1-day event sponsored by the Children’s Bureau and the Capacity Building Center for States, in collaboration with planning partners. The 2020 CWVE will bring together child welfare leaders and other child welfare professionals from federal, state, tribal, and local organizations across the country. Attendees will have opportunities to engage in online activities and virtual discussions, hear from national experts, and work on building skills related to strengthening families, creating prevention-focused child welfare systems, and supporting implementation of the Family First Act.

 Wed Sept 23 - 3pm ET

Pre-Petition Legal Representation for parents and youth in the child welfare system​​​​​​​

The Family Justice Initiative is hosting a webinar on pre-petition legal representation for parents and youth in the child welfare system. Presenters will discuss pre-petition representation programs, including funding, getting started, relationship with the child welfare agency as a referral source, best practices and outcomes. 

 Wed Sept 23 - 1:30pm ET

Honoring the Strength and Diversity of Kinship Families: The Role of Kinship Navigator Programs​​​​​​​

Join Capacity Building Center for States celebrate National Kinship Care Month and help us kick off the Kinship Navigator Programs Constituency Group! Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how kinship navigator programs strengthen families through elevating the voices of children and families with personal kinship experience,  establish peer-to-peer connections and find out about the resources, supports, and activities that will be offered to the Kinship Navigator Programs Constituency Group, and help decide which topics are of most interest and value to the constituency group for future events, discussion, and resource sharing.

 Wed Sept 16 - 1pm ET

A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare 

This webinar, hosted by the National Alliance for Parent Representation, will focus on the impact of racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practices. Speakers will explore who holds power in child welfare practice, office culture, hierarchy within organizations, representation versus tokenism and “civility,” and the role of the community and how stakeholders must hold each other accountable for race equity to occur. 

 Tue Sept 15 - 1pm ET

Building Birth and Foster Parent Relationships
to Promote Reunification: A Panel Discussion

Join the Birth and Foster Parent Partnership (BFPP) and Dr. Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau, for a in a discussion about building birth and foster parent relationships to promote reunification. Also, you will learn
about two new resources created by the BFPP. 

 Tue Sept 1 - 2pm ET 

Guide to Leveraging Opportunities Between Title V and Medicaid for Social-Emotional Development

Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy for this timely and valuable pre-release discussion of a new “Guide to Leveraging Opportunities Between Title V and Medicaid for Social-Emotional Development," designed for state Title V Maternal and Child Health Programs, Medicaid agencies, and child health and community leaders to support state-level planning, action, and innovations to foster social-emotional development. This guide has been developed from state plan analyses, policy review and interviews with content experts, MCH stakeholders, and families. This webinar will present the guide’s framework of opportunities to leverage Title V and Medicaid partnerships and offer reflections from thought leaders about the importance of action.

 Mon Aug 31 - Fri Sept 4

2020 Child Protection Summit​​​​​​​

The annual Summit is the largest child welfare event in Florida, the department anticipates the convening of more than 3,000 child welfare professionals and related partners, including attorneys, case managers, child advocates, child protective investigators and supervisors, Child Protection Team staff, child welfare trainers, court staff, DCF staff, relative caregivers, foster and adoptive parents, guardians ad litem, judges, law enforcement, juvenile justice professionals, service providers, and youth.

 Wed Aug 26 - 1pm ET

Tools to Support Effective Collaboration for Strengthening Families

Join the Center for States in a discussion about how to use the Planning Title IVE Prevention Services: A Toolkit for States and other frameworks to meaningfully collaborate with public and community partners in building prevention-focused systems. Hear how agencies and community partners have operationalized trusting partnerships and learn approaches to effective collaboration, examine strategies for establishing common values and collaborating to identify and fund community-based solutions to strengthen families, and learn approaches to using data for continuous quality improvement and to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of a partnership.

 Mon Aug 24 -  Fri Aug 28th 

Building Capacity: The 43rd National Child Welfare Law Virtual Conference
NACC’s National Child Welfare Law Conference has been held every year since our founding in 1977, and it will be held in 2020 as an online virtual event.  NACC will host Conference Week August 24-28 for our 43rd National Child Welfare Law Conference and we'll be back in Baltimore 2022!

 Fri Aug 21 - 12pm ET

Introduction to Power Analysis for Child Welfare Program Evaluations​​​​​​​

Why do many child welfare programs appear to have little impact? Join the Urban Institute, Portland State University, and the Evidence Building in Child Welfare project for a webinar about power analysis in child welfare program evaluations.

 Mon Aug 17 - 3pm ET

Using Positive Youth Development to Improve Housing, Mental Health, and Substance Use Treatment Outcomes

Join the Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) for a webinar that will discuss how to apply the principles of positive youth development to your work with young people experiencing homelessness who have mental and/or substance use disorders. Subject matter experts will address core principles and primary benefits of positive youth development, application of a strengths-based approach to your work, and implementation of positive youth development through a cultural and racial lens to improve outcomes for youth with housing, mental health, and substance use treatment needs. 

 Wed Aug 12 - 2pm ET

COVID-19: Improving Outcomes for Older Youth in Child Welfare​​​​​​​

Many older youth in the child welfare system are experiencing disruptions in their lives due to social distancing measures. Older youth and young adults who have recently exited the system are contending with housing and economic instability—some having lost their homes or incomes as a result of college and university closures. This webinar will examine federal and state efforts to support youth aging out of the child welfare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To register please email

 Wed Aug 12 - 12:30pm ET

Supporting Families through Best Practice: An Overview of the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support

Join the National Family Support Network to discuss what it means to be a quality Family Strengthening and Support Program,  what common language can we use for working effectively with families, and how managers can, direct service staff, and families work together to develop and sustain quality programs. Also learn more about the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

Tue Aug 4-Thur Aug 6 

Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs Conference, Virtual Conference

Join AMCHP for a virtual conference to include over 30 workshops featuring a mix of topics and track content, Three timely themed live-streamed plenary sessions led by association leadership, over 70 interactive posters, and discussion and small-group networking video groups with speakers, AMCHP staff and fellow attendees. 

Thur Jul 30 - 2pm ET

The State of Prevention: Family First and Early Childhood Prevention Programs​​​​​​​

Join the Alliance for Early Success for a timely discussion regarding the state of implementation of the Family First in states and key actions state advocates can take to ensure that states focus on prevention programs that strengthen families and keep them safely together. Hear key policies and strategies that state advocates can take to address systemic racism within the child welfare system to promote child and family wellbeing and success.

Wed Jul 29 - 2pm ET

COVID-19: Child Welfare Placements in an Uncertain Time

Family First is catalyzing major changes in child welfare systems. One provision aims to reduce the use of congregate care by restricting federal reimbursements for non-family placements. In this webinar, NSCL will focus on long-standing challenges in congregate care settings, how COVID-19 exacerbates these problems, and how Family First could address them.

To register please email

Tues Jul 28 -2pm ET

A Virtual Panel Discussion: Prevention, Family, and Communities

Join Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, Jody Grutza of Grutza Consulting, Will Jones, Thompson and Page Walley with Saint Francis Ministries and a panel of state leaders from Arkansas and North Carolina for a webinar that will focus on how states, counties and providers can move towards a broad radical shift in child welfare, utilizing the Family First as one vehicle to get there. 

Tues Jul 28 -2pm ET

A Virtual Panel Discussion: Prevention, Family, and Communities

Join Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, Jody Grutza of Grutza Consulting, Will Jones, Thompson and Page Walley with Saint Francis Ministries and a panel of state leaders from Arkansas and North Carolina for a webinar that will focus on how states, counties and providers can move towards a broad radical shift in child welfare, utilizing the Family First as one vehicle to get there. 

Wed Jul 22 -2P ET

Conducting a Fiscal Analysis to Implement Family First Prevention Services Act

Annie E. Casey Foundation is hosting a webinar to debut a Foundation tool and guide for child welfare leaders to plan their fiscal approaches to implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act.

Sat, Jul 19 - Wed, Jul 22

NCJFCJ's 83rd Annual Virtual Conference

Join NCJFCJ for our 83rd Annual Virtual Conference that will feature amazing presentations on current and cutting edge topics that will inspire, provoke, and precipitate discussions about issues facing the juvenile and family court system. Plenary sessions highlighted by topic-specific training tracks on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence; as well as tracks featuring practical and innovative solutions are just the beginning of the educational offerings of the NCJFCJ’s 83rd Annual Conference.

Wed, Jul 15- 1:30P ET

A Conversation about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare

Please join the America Bar Association for a free webinar about the Manifestation of White Supremacy in the Institution of Child Welfare. Speakers from across the country will contribute to a discussion about the impact of racism and white supremacy in child welfare policies and practices. The panel will help define terms, provide historical context for the systemic destabilization of families, and lay the framework for a second level of continued discussion about what child welfare advocates can do to contribute to true community and family well-being and success.

Mon Jul 13- 1P ET

Addressing the Needs of Families Affected by Substance Abuse Through FAST: A Voluntary, Nonjudicial Program

Join Child Welfare Information Gateway for a webinar to discuss  a voluntary, non-judicial program implemented in Duval County, Florida – Family Assessment Support Team (FAST).  The Webinar will discuss comprehensive services and supports offered to meet the needs of families impacted by substance misuse,  how Family Support Services of North Florida used a Regional Partnership Grant to implement FAST as a strategy to increase parents’ recovery from substance abuse disorders, improve outcomes for children, and enhance family functioning and stability, and findings from a comparative effectiveness study on the extent to which the FAST program is impacting outcomes related to safety, permanency, well-being, and recovery from substance use disorders

Tue, Jul 7- 2P ET

Foster America Fellowship Capstone Discussion: FFPSA Implementation & Prevention

Hear from Crystal Williams (Ohio), Yumiko Dougherty (Colorado), Heather Wilson (Minnesota), and Heather Durosko (Colorado) discuss how they learned what it really means to put families first.

Tue, Jul 7- 2P ET

Foster America Fellowship Capstone Discussion: FFPSA Implementation & Prevention

Hear from Crystal Williams (Ohio), Yumiko Dougherty (Colorado), Heather Wilson (Minnesota), and Heather Durosko (Colorado) discuss how they learned what it really means to put families first.

Thur, Jul 9- 3P ET

Strengthening Families Webinar: Anti-Racist Intersectional Frame

Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy for a webinar on to learn about the anti-racist intersectional frame developed by the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), and to explore its application to CSSP’s Strengthening Families work and other projects related to young children and their families.

Wed, Jul 1st 12:30P ET

Multidisciplinary Legal Representation and its Positive Impact on Reunifications

Join the American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law and the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice for a webinar that will highlight the effectiveness of multidisciplinary legal teams that include lawyers, social work professionals, and advocates who have lived experiences navigating the child welfare system. They will explain the Children's Bureau recent decision to invest federal IVE dollars in the multidisciplinary legal representation model for parents and children, share details of the 2019 study on this model and discuss how this model benefits child welfare agencies and most importantly, children and their parents.

 Tue, Jun 30th - 1p ET 

Serving Native Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders: Active Efforts and Plans of Safe Care

The National Quality Improvement Center for Collaborative Community Court Teams (QIC-CCCT), in collaboration with Tribal Law & Policy Institute, are hosting a webinar on active efforts and Plans of Safe Care for serving Native families affected by substance use disorders. Substance use disorders among pregnant women and the number of infants born with prenatal substance exposure continues to rise. To address this, the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) requires that states develop Plans of Safe Care and have policies and procedures to address the needs of this population. Presenters will briefly discuss the CAPTA requirements, some best practices, and examine the implications for active efforts and compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

 Mon, Jun 29th - 1p ET 

Family First Evidence and Child Welfare Conference Call 

Please join the Ahlquist Center for Policy for the first in a series of monthly conference calls devoted to tracking federal and state efforts to build and use evidence-based programs in child welfare. 

Thur, Jun 25th - 3p ET

NACC Open Webinar: Advocacy for Youth in Congregate Care during COVID-19

Federal and state law, as well as social science research, support the least-restrictive, most family-like placement for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Despite that, many youth, particularly older youth, in both systems continued to be placed in congregate care at alarming rates. The risks and concerns of congregate care placement are heightened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants will walk away with best practices and advocacy tips that are applicable during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

Thur, Jun 25th - 12p ET

Introduction to Evaluation for Child Welfare Program Administrators

Join the Urban Institute in a webinar for child welfare administrators. Evaluation experts will explain what researchers mean when they discuss “rigorous evaluation,” explore what it takes to conduct one, including a theory of change and logic model. We will also address common concerns from the field, such as staff burden and costs. Understanding the building blocks of rigorous evaluation is important as the child welfare field increasingly requires more and better evidence about what helps children and families.

Wed, Jun 24th - 3:00p ET 

COVID-19: Ethical, Health, and Legal Factors to Consider when Reopening and Delivering Services

Leaders of community-based human services organizations are being called upon to lead through uncharted territory, while simultaneously needing to meet increased personal and professional demands. During this webinar, co-hosts Undraye Howard of the Alliance and Sheryl White of Neighborhood House Association will facilitate a discussion on ethical, health, and legal factors that must be considered to successfully reopen and deliver services amid the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Wed, Jun 24th - 1p ET

Talking with Children and Youth at Times of Crisis

Child Welfare League of America will host a webinar to describe typical reactions of parents and children when encountering family, community, and global crisis. The webinar, which features presenters from the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will also offer parents developmentally-informed strategies to help children during these periods.

 Tue, Jun 23th- 2pm ET

Foster America Fellowship Capstone Discussion: Placement & Permanency

Foster America's third cohort of fellows will graduate in June with a capstone presentation. The capstone is an opportunity for each fellow to share the impact of their fellowship. They will share recordings of the fellows' presentations prior to a live call with the fellows during which they will discuss in successes and lessons learned throughout the fellowship experience.

Tue, Jun 16th - 3p ET

Using Data to Identify Changes in Child Welfare Referrals and Screening in the Era of COVID-19

Mathematica and its partners, the Centre for Social Data Analytics (CSDA) and the Children’s Data Network, are convening a group of experts and staff of county child welfare agencies who are using data from predictive risk models to understand recent changes in the reporting and screening of child abuse and neglect. The webinar will feature analysis of current data to deepen our understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on child welfare screenings and referrals.

Mon, Jun 15th - 1:30p ET 

Adapting to COVID-19: Keeping the Doors Open for Critical Child Services

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant challenges to service providers across the human services spectrum. Learn how one agency quickly adapted to providing virtual services, and what they’re planning for the future.  Join The Philadelphia Children's Alliance for a webinar featuring Paul DiLorenzo, ACSW, MLSP, Interim Executive Director of the Philadelphia Children's Alliance.

Fri, Jun 12th - 3:00p ET 

Intergenerational Spaces and COVID-19

Generations United and are co-hosting an ongoing series of conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on intergenerational programs. Thewebinar will focus on how intergenerational spaces such as co-located programs, libraries, community centers, and others are responding during the crisis and what these places may look like in the future. In this interactive session, we will hear from innovative leaders in the field and have the opportunity to engage in group discussion.

Fri, Jun 12th - 2:00p ET 

Project N95: Accessing PPE Through Supply Chain Management

This webinar, presented by Project N95, will provide information and resources to ensure human services organizations have the access to the personal protective equipment needed to effectively support their communities.

1:30P ET - Thur., June 11

Child Welfare Worker Safety in the Time of COVID: CDC Recommendations for In-Person Interactions with Families

Child welfare agencies have taken steps to promote safety of case workers and families during this time of physical distancing, including strategies to limit face-to-face interactions. This webinar will review relevant guidance and recommendations by the CDC to on how to reduce the risk of child welfare case workers while conducting in-person interactions with children and families during the crisis. 

12:30p ET Wed., Jun 3

Uncovering America's Best Kept Secret: Family Resource Centers and Family Support & Strengthening Networks

The history of Family Resource Centers (FRCs) in the United States goes back more than 100 years, and yet they have been largely under the radar. Described as "America’s best kept secret," more than 3,000 FRCs in 29 states and the District of Columbia work with more than 2 million people annually. Join the Webinar to learn more.

1P ET Thur., May 28

Collaborating With Courts to Promote Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents

Join the Center for States for a National Foster Care Month virtual event. Watch live interviews with Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner, Judge Trent Favre, and other special guests who will share perspectives on reunification successes based on child welfare and court collaboration in Hancock County, Mississippi.

12P ET Thur., May 28

Birth Parent National Network (BPNN)  Talk

The Children's Trust Fund Alliance (Alliance) is hosting an exciting Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) webinar entitled Parent Advisory Councils and Authentic Partnerships. They are planning to highlight the Children’s Trust Fund Alliance’s (Alliance’s) work in developing and sustaining Parent Advisory Councils (PACs). 

2P ET Thur., May 21

Supporting Grandfamilies in a Pandemic

Join Generations United and the National Association on Area Agencies on Aging for a conversation on how the Aging Network can best support older adults raising grandchildren or other young relatives during this tumultuous time. In this COVID era, sharing of emerging practices is critical, and we hope to capture local responses during the webinar.

11:30A ET Thur., May 21

NFYI | Senator Grassley Child Welfare Town Hall

Join NFYI first virtual town hall with a member of the US Senate. Hear from Iowa’s Sen. Chuck Grassley about the work the Senate is doing to support transition age youth during the coronavirus pandemic.

1P ET Wed., May 20

2020 National Briefing by National Family Support Network

In lieu of the in-person National Forum, this interactive virtual event designed for stakeholders working at the systems and policy levels will highlight national, state, and parent perspectives on the value of Family Resource Centers and Family Support and Strengthening Networks and explore how and why they continue to be scaled across the country. This Forum will feature Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Jerry Milner. 

3P ET Fri., May 15

Intergenerational Programs & Physical Distancing Conversations

In this conversation co hosted by Generations United and, we will hear from innovative leaders in the field and engage in group discussion about changes and adaptations intergenerational programs are making during COVID, and how they might permanently influence how we connect the generations.

5P ET Thur., May 12

Comment on N. Dakota's draft plan for preventative services

The North Dakota Department of Human Services is accepting public comment on its draft plan for preventative services and programs aimed at keeping children out of foster homes. The draft plan allows the state to access federal Title IV-E funds for prevention services aimed at children who are at risk of entering foster care, and their families. Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. Central time on May 12.

The draft 2020-2024 Title IV-E Prevention Services and Programs Plan can be reviewed online at

1P ET Wed., May 6

Child Welfare League of America's Webinar on Kinship Navigator Response to COVID-19 Pandemic Pt. II

With the focus on social distancing, the usual case management, support group, and respite services must adapt. This webinar will look at responsive innovations and suggest best practices. 

1P ET Wed., May 6

Attending to Risks for Abuse and Neglect During COVID 19 Pandemic Response: Child Welfare Workforce

Join the Zero to Three Network for a guided reflection webinar  to consider the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children, families, your staff and services. Connect with your community of support to gain actionable trauma-informed practices and prevention efforts.

1P ET Mon., May 4

BPNN Caring Conversation - COVID-19

The Children's Trust Fund Alliance (who supports the Birth Parent National Network) want to make sure that you have the most updated information about public policy developments and how newly passed federal legislation may have an impact on you, your family and children and families across the country. Also, hear more about some of the latest federal policy developments and resources from the Alliance and Casey Family Programs. There will also be time to share any new and creative resources and supportive efforts that you know are working well in your own communities and states. 

1P ET Wed., April 29

Child Welfare League of America's Webinar on Kinship Navigator Response to COVID-19 Pandemic 

This webinar will describe typical services and offer guidance on best practices in response to COVID-19. Presenters will explore how virtual kinship navigators are enhancing supports via "virtual case management," conference calls, online webinars, chats, and other virtual services.

1P ET Wed., April 29

Attending to Risks for Abuse and Neglect During COVID 19 Pandemic Response: Early Childhood Educators

Join the Zero to Three Network for a guided reflection webinar  to consider the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on children, families, your staff and services. Connect with your community of support to gain actionable trauma-informed practices and prevention efforts.

9A ET Wed., April 29

How to Continue Helping Youth Build Skills While Practicing Social Distancing

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges in collaboration with the National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP), are hosting a learning session for juvenile drug treatment court (JDTC) teams to share and discuss alternative strategies that address new and unprecedented challenges faced by JDTCs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

5P ET Fri., April 24

Virtual Town Hall with Rep. Don Bacon 

Join NFYI and Congressmember Don Bacon of Nebraska for the latest update on what Congress is doing to respond to the coronavirus crisis and an opportunity to share what foster youth and TAY are experiencing in your community. 

3P ET Fri., April 24

Intergenerational Connections During COVID-19
Generations United and are co-hosting a series of conversations on how COVID-19 is impacting efforts to connect the generations. They will discuss ways to build connections across generations when we can't be together.

3P ET Tues., April 21

Elevating the State Champions Moving Forward with Family First: D.C. Child & Family Services Agency​​​​​​​

Please join Child Welfare and Mental Health Coalition for a very special conversation with Natalie Craver and Jay Murphy from the D.C. Child & Family Services Agency. We will discuss D.C.'s approach to Family First implementation and the process the District undertook in creating its five-year plan, the process for having that plan approved and early stages of implementation. 

4:15P ET Thurs., April 16

Virtual Town Hall for Older Foster Youth

The Children's Bureau and Think of Us will host a virtual town hall, focused on questions raised directly by foster youth. Dr. Milner will address the questions of older youth about how COVID-19 is impacting them. The webinar has a capacity of 1,000, but will be recorded for those who are unable to join.

4p ET Wed., April 15

Addressing Abuse and Neglect During COVID-19

This is a guided reflection webinar to consider the impact on children, families, your staff and services. Connect with your community of support to gain actionable trauma-informed practices and prevention efforts. This webinar focuses on a specific early childhood sector, providing resources and opportunities for reflective dialogue around trauma-informed practice and prevention efforts, vicarious traumatization risk, and promoting professional resilience.

12p ET Wed., April 15

BPNN Caring Conversation - COVID-19

The Children's Trust Fund Alliance (who supports the Birth Parent National Network) want to make sure that you have the most updated information about public policy developments and how newly passed federal legislation may have an impact on you, your family and children and families across the country. Also, hear more about some of the latest federal policy developments and resources from the Alliance and Casey Family Programs. There will also be time to share any new and creative resources and supportive efforts that you know are working well in your own communities and states. 

2P ET Tues., April 14

Engaging Families Virtually through FGC/FGDM and Other Family Engagement Approaches

This is a discussion session as an opportunity to share newly developed information sheets regarding considerations when conducting virtual family engagement decision making processes. This session will also be an opportunity for participants to discuss and share what is working well, challenges, and what you've learned while providing virtual FGC/FGDM and other family engagement approaches.  

1p ET Fri., Mar. 27

BPNN Caring Conversation - COVID-19

This conversational webinar will be hosted by the Children's Trust Fund Alliance (who supports the Birth Parent National Network) and focused on supporting all of us and to facilitate building our collective wisdom, to come together and share our experiences, successes and concerns. There are two times available to attend. 

4p ET Thurs., Mar. 26

NACC General Membership Webinar on COVID-19

NACC membership webinar and call to discuss the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the child welfare system, on attorney practice, and for vulnerable children and families.  

3p ET Mon., Mar. 9

Family First Prevention Services Act Title IV-E Prevention Program Implementation Updates

This Children's Bureau webinar will include presentations from representatives of Title IV-E agencies with approved Title IV-E prevention program five-year plans. The aim of this webinar is to assist Title IV-E agencies and their partners developing prevention plans in their jurisdictions.

Speakers will include:
Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau
Brenda Donald, Director, DC Child and Family Services Agency
Cosette Mills, Federal Operations Administrator, UT Division of Child and Family Services

Registration is full; recording will be available here.

Register here

3p ET Thurs., Feb. 27

Adoption vs. Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care: Making Informed Decisions

When children in kinship foster care are ready to exit the system to permanent families with relatives, the families need to decide whether to adopt or secure guardianship of the child. This webinar will provide information about each option, how they differ and trends in state laws as they impact these options. It will highlight a new resource from Generations United created with support from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and other state-specific tools for helping families.

12p ET Thurs., Feb. 27

Birth Parent National Network Webinar 

Join the Children's Trust Fund Alliance (Alliance) for the first 2020 Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) webinar. February is National Parent Leadership Month and we have a very exciting webinar planned. Jim McKay, Alliance Public Policy Director, will join us to talk about how constituents can promote important messages through op-eds. This is a great opportunity to learn how to express opinions in a way that could effectively persuade others about an important issue in the community and how to (possibly) get an op-ed published through your local media connections. Public policy updates and the latest publications will be highlighted.

12:30p ET Thurs., Jan. 23

Exploring Family Resource Centers along the Prevention Continuum

Many child welfare jurisdictions partner with, leverage, and fund Family Resource Centers to provide support for families along all points of the prevention continuum. 

Join this informative session to learn more about this valuable resource in the field and to explore opportunities for your jurisdictions. 

Fri., Jan. 10

2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide: Preorders!

The preorder for the 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide: Strong and Thriving Families is now available. The Guide continues to support service providers in their work with parents, caregivers, and their children to reduce risk factors and promote protective factors that strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Communities armed with the 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide have the information they need to provide effective prevention services and supports not only in April for National Child Abuse Prevention Month but throughout the year. Preorders for the 2019/2020 Prevention Resource Guide can be placed between December 12, 2019, and January 10, 2020. 

2:00p ET Thurs., Dec. 12

Family First Prevention Services Act: Implications for Addressing Youth Homelessness

Pathways between foster care and youth homelessness are well established and NN4Y and ChildFocus have teamed up to shine a light on the need to promote meaningful collaboration between runaway and homeless youth providers and the child welfare system. The Family First Prevention Services Act can be leveraged as one of the tools to address homelessness for youth and young adults involved in the foster care system. Join to learn more about this work and you can download the paper at:

1:00p ET Thurs., Dec. 12

Communications Strategies around Family First: Examples and Lessons Learned from Early Adopter Jurisdictions

​​​​​​​The webinar, presented on behalf of the Public Information Officers Learning Collaborative in partnership with Casey Family Programs, will explore the internal and external communications that PIOs in Utah and DC have used to prepare staff, stakeholders, and communities to be among the first to move forward with prevention plans under the Act. Featured speakers will include Heather Barnum and Ashley Sumner from the Utah Department of Human Services, and Lydia Sermons from the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency.

2:00p ET Wed., Dec. 11

Leveraging the Family First Prevention Services Act to Improve the Use of Title IV-E GAP

This publication release webinar will highlight historic reforms to the child welfare system to better support children, families and relative caregivers as a result of the Family First Prevention
Services Act (passed into law February 2018).
Currently, 36 states, the District of Columbia and 11 tribes operate Title IV-E Guardianship Assistance Program (GAP). States and tribes operating a federal Title IV-E GAP can use recent reforms to further strengthen their existing programs to support families. On this webinar you will learn how states and
tribes that have not yet taken advantage of the federal Title IV-E Guardian Assistance Program option might favorably consider new opportunities to improve the array of supports to children and their families.

1:00p ET Tues., Dec. 3

5th Annual Birth Parent National Network Virtual Convening

This year's theme is Prevention across the Continuum: Research, Strategies and Family First Funding Opportunities. You will also have the opportunity to hear from parents who are involved in shaping the direction of the prevention agenda in their communities and systems and how they can make a powerful positive difference – individually and collectively. Dr. Bart Klika, Chief Research and Strategy Officer at Prevent Child Abuse America will be the keynote speaker.

Thurs., Oct. 31

Public Call for Programs & Services for the Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse requests that members of the public offer recommendations of mental health, substance abuse, in-home parent skill-based, and kinship navigator programs to be reviewed. Selected programs will be evaluated to determine whether they meet evidentiary standards to receive reimbursement through the Title IV-E Prevention Program.

2:00p ET - Wed., Oct. 30

How the Family First Act may affect Child Welfare Financing

Child Trends and the American Public Human Services Association will host a webinar on October 30th at 2 p.m. ET to highlight how the Family First Act may impact child welfare agency spending on services for children and families. Researchers will discuss child welfare agency spending in 2016 on preventive services, family foster care, and congregate care, as well as challenges to tracking spending on evidence-based practices and the ways in which spending patterns may change with the implementation of the Family First Act.

12:00p ET - Thur., Oct. 24

The Family First Act: Beginning Implementation

Join the Birth Parent National Network's webinar to look more closely at the beginning implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. You will also have the opportunity to hear from several parents and a community leader about their experiences with the beginning phases of the Family First implementation in their states. 

6:00p ET - Tues., Oct. 22

NFYAPC: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Preventing Unnecessary Removal of Children from their Families 

In this webinar, National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council will discuss the priorities and opportunities for engagement, including: 5 priorities, echoing recommendations from the Council's 2017 Prevention Priority and highlighting new opportunities presented by Family First and moving towards a 21st Century Child Welfare System.

2:00p ET - Tues., Oct. 22

Helping Grandfamilies Impacted by Opioids and Other Substance Use 

Join Generations United for an informative webinar on the impact of opioids and other substance use on grandfamilies, along with tools to help the families. Hear directly from members of grandfamilies who will share their challenges and strengths. Explore the latest statistics, resources for grandfamilies and those who directly serve them, and policy and program solutions.

1:30p ET - Tues., Aug. 13

Partnering With Families and Youth to Shift System Culture

Learn critical strategies for building an organizational culture that supports family engagement at all levels and the leadership characteristics essential to sustaining it.

3:00p ET - Thurs, Aug. 8

State and Regional Strengthening Families Implementation in Kentucky

Join the Center for the Study of Social Policy to learn about how state and local efforts are being coordinated through Kentucky Strengthening Families (KYSF). Hear from state and local leaders about their implementation strategies at different levels and how their regional approach has invigorated Strengthening Families implementation around the state in the past year.

12:30p ET - Tues, Aug. 6

Developing a Collaborative Service Array to Support a Family-Centered Approach

Explore how you can create an agency culture that partners effectively with families, community organizations, service providers, and other stakeholders to improve service access, diversity, and delivery for families.

2:00p ET - Wed, July 31

ACYF-CB-Pl-19-06:  Transitional Payments for the Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services and Program

The Children’s Bureau will hold a call to provide an overview of ACYF-CB-PI-19-06: Transitional Payments for the Title IV-E Prevention and Family Services

Join by Audio: 888.469.0691 with Passcode: 8667598

5:00p ET - Wed, May. 29

Family Voices United Podcast Production on Mental Health Supports

Family Voices United (FVU) is hosting a Podcast Production to share how constituents are taking action, getting involved, and building the movement! Hear from FVU members on how mental health supports can make a difference for families.

12:00p ET - Thurs, May. 23

Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) Webinar:  Common Elements of Parent Partner Programs. 

They will be sharing highlights about the common elements of various Parent Partner (Mentor) Programs in child welfare and also talking about measurements being used to gather data.  BPNN would welcome hearing from you about any parent partner programs that you know of in your own communities or states. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  

11:00a ET - Thurs, May. 23

After the Fanfare: Family First One Year Later with the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)

One year has passed since the passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act, which offered states the option to apply Title IV-E foster care funds toward preventive services intended to keep children in homes with their families. But how much progress have we made in implementing Family First? Join a panel of experts as they explore how Family First is progressing around the country.


1:00p ET - Tues, May. 21

Casey Family Programs:  MEDICAID 201 WEBINAR 

Casey Family Programs’ Systems Improvement team invites you to attend this 90-minute webinar, Medicaid and the Family First Prevention Services Act. States implementing Family First are seeking to understand how Medicaid interacts with Title IV-E funding to provide treatment options for vulnerable children and families. This session will explore how Medicaid and child welfare relate through the lens of Family First. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the avenues available for working with their Medicaid partners to create a service array that meets the needs of children, youth and families. Casey Family Programs' presenters include Joan Smith, Managing Director, SI Services and Kara Wood, Senior Director, Public Policy. Center for Health Care Strategies' presenters include Melissa Bailey, Senior Fellow; Sheila Pires, CHCS Senior Consultant, Partner Human Service Collaborative; and Pamela Winkler Tew, Program Officer.

WHEN: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 1 pm Eastern / 12 pm Central / 11 am Mountain / 10 am Pacific

The webinar will be recorded and available at after the session.

WHO: This session is designed for jurisdictional leaders, teams and partners, as well as Casey staff.

In case you missed it! View the recording and slides from our previous webinar Medicaid 101: Understanding Medicaid’s Role in Meeting the Needs of Children and Youth in Foster care at

1:30p ET - Tues, May. 14

Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse Webinar:  Handbook of Standards and Procedures. 

 The webinar will guide Prevention Services Clearinghouse users through the Handbook of Standards and Procedures.

The Handbook describes the Prevention Services Clearinghouse’s:

1.    procedures for identifying programs and services and associated research studies for review or re-review;

2.    standards for assessing the design, execution, and findings of research studies and for rating programs and services; and

3.    definitions of key terms.

The webinar will not include ratings of particular programs or services.

Wed, May 1

American Academy of Pediatrics - Family First Day of Action 

This will be an opportunity to weigh in with state legislators during National Foster Care Month about why the law matters for children’s health, and how the state can take up the opportunity to use federal funds in this new and innovative way to better meet the needs of families in crisis. AAP's toolkit includes a sample chapter email alert text, a template email for state legislators, sample social media messages, and key messages to help chapters and pediatrician advocates engage in a day of action. 

Take Action in your state using AAP's toolkit 
1:00p ET - Thurs, April. 25

Webinar to Examine Strategies for Promoting Equity With the Family First Act 

The Annie E. Casey and William T. Grant foundations are hosting a webinar, to explore how child welfare leaders can use the Family First Prevention Services Act to achieve equitable outcomes for children and families.

2:00p ET - Thurs, Mar. 28

Family First Act Part 7: Bringing Medicaid and Managed Care Partners into the Implementation Process

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from representatives in Virginia about how they are collaboratively working with their Medicaid counterparts as part of their Three Branch Implementation Plan, how Medicaid leadership has been engaged and involved in the direction Virginia has taken, and how their Managed Care entities are being involved.​​​​​​​

1:30p ET - Thurs, Mar. 21

Preparing Your Team for Success: Strategies for Implementation Planning

Learn what you can do to engage stakeholders and team members in planning and preparing to implement an intervention.

12p ET - Thurs, Feb. 28

Birth Parent National Network Webinar
An interactive and informative session with the Alliance's National Parent Partnership Council (ANPPC) to celebrate National Parent Leadership Month.

3p ET - Thurs, Feb. 28

Improving State and Tribal Foster Family Home Licensing Standards: Complying with the Family First Prevention Services Act’s Licensing Requirements

A webinar on how and why to comply with mandatory March 31st Family First Act licensing requirements, and the important role grandfamilies’ advocates play in that process.