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Child welfare is a continuum of services designed to ensure that children are safe and that families have the necessary support to care for children successfully. These services are provided by a range of entities; public child welfare agencies often collaborate with private agencies, community-based organizations, and other public agencies to ensure that families receive the services they need, such as supportive child care, parenting classes, in-home family preservation services, mental health services, and substance abuse treatment. FPG's work in child welfare encompasses biological, environmental, and other factors related to ensuring the safety and well-being of children and families.

Featured Publication

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) creates exciting opportunities for child welfare practitioners to help keep children safely with their families. This paper from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides guidance for state child welfare agencies when developing a preventive practice model that aligns with the requirements of Family First, addresses the needs of families within local communities, and ensures the feasibility of implementing these practices.

Featured Person

William A. Aldridge II, PhD, is director of The Impact Center at FPG and senior implementation specialist. Will's work includes active implementation support and evaluation research on the implementation and scale-up of evidence-based prevention/well-being strategies in communities and state, regional, and national service systems. He is currently principal investigator on the Implementation Capacity for Triple P projects.

Featured Publication

This publication from William A. Aldridge II and colleagues introduces the role of the Community Capacity Coach in the implementation of the Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), to address the challenge of having multiple stakeholders understand, support, and apply implementation best practices in a systematic and consistent way. The Community Capacity Coach lives locally and is responsible for bridging gaps between the community and statewide support systems.

Current Projects

The partnership among the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), County Welfare Directors Association (CWDA), Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC), California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), and Regional Training Academies (RTAs) is committed to supporting counties and their leadership in the implementation and sustainability of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model (CPM).
The mission of the National Implementation Research Network is to contribute to the best practices and science of implementation, organization change, and system reinvention to improve outcomes across the spectrum of human services.
The NCIC-TP project is a collaborative effort to help counties in NC successfully and sustainably implement the Triple P system of interventions. The project began in 2014 with a two year implementation evaluation of Triple P. Data from that evaluation, along with emerging evidence from implementation science and best practice, is the foundation of the information, learning, and implementation support resources offered by NCIC-TP to NC counties interested in or currently scaling-up Triple P.
The current project is designed to improve outcomes of juvenile justice youth who have been incarcerated or under community supervision. The Impact Center at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute will provide implementation science and active implementation support training and technical assistance for local juvenile justice jurisdictions to improve their outcomes for youth in confinement and under community supervision.
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is building the knowledge and capacity of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to use the best of implementation science and related tools and resources to address implementation challenges and support quality implementation of programs, practices, and policies. A major aspect of this work is to amplify and advance equitable implementation in research and practice to achieve better results for children, families, and communities.
The Impact Center at FPG's Implementation Capacity for Triple P (ICTP) projects are currently supporting the scale-up and expansion of Triple P System of Interventions in North and South Carolina.