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Tools and Resources

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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Onondaga Example: Workbook for Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part One

This completed workbook from Onondaga is an example to help you complete the workbook for your own county.

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Slideshow Template for Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part One

Use this slideshow template to customize for your own county. Use this template together with the tutorial video and the workbook.

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Workbook for Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part One

Use this workbook to customize the slideshow template for your own county. Use this workbook together with the tutorial video and the slideshow template.

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Resources from Workshops

Tutorial for the Workbook: Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part One

Use this tutorial video to customize the workbook and slideshow template for your own county.

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Workshop Video: Protecting Your Child Welfare Budget During COVID-19 Reductions: Part One

In this video, Jim Czarniak walks staff of New York counties through the use of a customizable workbook and slideshow to help defend their child welfare jurisdiction budget against cuts. This workshop is to be used with the corresponding workbook and slideshow.

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Family First Readiness

Rockland County Family First Readiness Story

This document shares Rockland County's journey toward Family First Readiness and identifies specific steps the county took to reform their system to achieve better outcomes for children and families.

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Kinship Options: Benefits & Responsibilities Templates

This template is designed for local child welfare jurisdictions to complete with their own information. An LDSS can use the template to create easy-to-read one-pagers to share with kinship caregivers to explain some of the custodial options available to them.

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Promising Program Models that Prevent and Respond to Crises in Family-Based Settings

This resource provides an overview of best practices in community crisis response, crisis response training for foster and kinship families and family support models with embedded crisis response. Specific program models for each type of support are provided.

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Family First Readiness

COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Resources At-a-Glance

This easy-to-read desktop guide for child welfare staff and families, presents links to COVID-19-related federal and state policies and regulations; resources for staff, kinship and foster families, and youth; information on family court; and guidance on PPE, among other topics.

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Strategies and Models to Effectively Serve Teens and JD/PINS

This presentation provides different strategies that jurisdictions can use to effectively serve teens in the foster care sytem, including those who are involved in the juvenile justice system or a Persons In Need of Supervision case.

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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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