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Resources and tools for county child welfare agencies in New York State to implement the federal Family First Prevention Services Act law.

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Family First Readiness

Slides from Leading from the Middle and Supporting Culture Change in Child Welfare

These slides accompany the video recording of the session. In it, Jim shares tools to lead from the middle to support culture change in child welfare. Learn strategies for gaining buy-in from those you report to and from those who report to you.

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Family First Readiness

Leading from the Middle and Supporting Culture Change in Child Welfare

This session provided participants with tools to lead from the middle to support culture change in child welfare. Learn strategies for gaining buy-in from those you report to and from those who report to you.

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Kin-First Placement

Slideshow for Finding Family and Beyond: Supporting Kinship Families for Success

These slides accompany the video recording of the same name. This session discusses core components of successful kinship supports, lessons learned from two county jurisdictions’ approaches to developing a continuum of kinship supports, and effective strategies and ways to strengthen supports that meet the unique needs of kinship families.

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Kin-First Placement

Finding Family and Beyond: Supporting Kinship Families for Success

Identifying kin resources is only the first step to increasing your jurisdiction’s use of certified kinship care when children must enter foster care. Kinship families also need support as they transition to their new role as caregivers for children and youth who have experienced the trauma of separation from their parents.

This session discusses core components of successful kinship supports, lessons learned from two county jurisdictions’ approaches to developing a continuum of kinship supports, and effective strategies and ways to strengthen supports that meet the unique needs of kinship families.

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Family First Project Management

Sample Data Dashboard Worksheet

Use this tool with your jurisdiction's child welfare data to create a simple data dashboard you can use as a management tool. This worksheet is a companion to the Managing with Data recorded session.

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Family First Project Management

Managing with Data

In this virtual learning session recording, explore methods for overcoming common barriers that local districts face in managing with data. Participants will learn specific tools and strategies to integrate data into their management to improve responsiveness, increase accountability and better drive toward improved outcomes for children and families in New York's child welfare system.

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Family First Readiness

Telling Your Family First Story template

Use this template to tell the story of your local district’s Family First Readiness effort. Sharing your system-change story with others is an opportunity to communicate your mission, vision and values for children, youth and families both inside and outside the agency.

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Fiscal Analysis

Slideshow for Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part Two, Making Cuts

Use this slideshow to follow along with the webinar recording for Part Two of the Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions virtual learning series. Use this slide deck together with the webinar video and the two workbooks.

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Fiscal Analysis

Review of Non IV-E Cases Worksheet

Use this workbook to review your county's non-IV-E cases, analyze potential reasons for low IV-E capture and identify needed process changes to increase reimbursement. Use this workbook together with the tutorial video and the slideshow template from Defending Your Child Welfare Budget: Part II, Making Cuts.

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Fiscal Analysis

Foster Care Reductions and Savings Worksheet

Use this workbook to determine potential savings from reductions in foster care for your own county. Use this workbook together with the tutorial video and the slideshow template from Defending Your Child Welfare Budget: Part II, Making Cuts.

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The Family First Readiness Initiative is a project of the Redlich Horwitz Foundation, in partnership with the New York Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), Casey Family Programs and local jurisdictions. Strategies, tools and resources herein are based on the Foundation’s work with 27 counties across NY since 2014.

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