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Vol. 27, No. 1
January 2024

NC Progress to Engage Families in Child Welfare Services

Family of three standing near pillars, young child on man's shoulders

North Carolina is transforming its child welfare system. It has embarked on this journey of change for two main reasons: to ensure child welfare services are provided consistently across our state's 100 counties and to improve outcomes for children and families.

The last issue of Children's Services Practice Notes provided an overview of child welfare transformation in North Carolina. It described the legislative and administrative "pillars" supporting the changes ahead and shared perspectives of people working hard to make our state's vision of an improved child welfare system a reality.

In this issue, we turn our focus to the importance of family engagement. North Carolina intentionally chose "Engaging" as one of its practice standards and has invested in strengthening the family's voice throughout the child welfare system.

This issue of Practice Notes includes tips and resources to help you engage families through the continuum of child welfare services even when challenges to authentic family engagement occur.

Contents of this Issue

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Creating a Standard for Engaging Families

Family Partners Impact North Carolina Child Welfare Policy and Practice

Engagement Begins at Intake

Why is it so Hard to Engage Fathers?

Building a Family's Safety Network

NC Approves Payments to Unlicensed Kin Providing Foster Care

References for this Issue

~ Family and Children's Resource Program ~