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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.  

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 Mon., Mar. 30

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. 

Archived events

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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.