Child Welfare

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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 COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with systemic racism, has changed the lives of Black families and children for the worse, which has implications for their well-being not only through this pandemic, but over their life course. Black Parent Voices: Resilience in the Face of the Two Pandemics—COVID-19 and Racism illustrates how the pandemic is affecting Black families' experiences with racism and discrimination, financial security/material hardship, physical and mental health, and early care and education options.

Featured Project

Through the Steps to Success project, the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) is partnered with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, building its capacity 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. NIRN is developing implementation science tools and resources through the lens of racial and ethnic equity and inclusion including action guides and equitable implementation tools.

Featured Person

Senior Implementation Specialist Renée Boothroyd, PhD, has over 20 years of experience in applied research and technical assistance with local, state, national, and global partners. Her work focuses on implementing strategies in real world settings with attention to both the content ("the what") and process ("the how") of an innovation and those implementing and supporting it. Boothroyd is the principal investigator on the Building Regional and State Capacities to Support Local Implementation of the California Child Welfare Core Practice Model project.

Current Projects

This project aims to have timely data about a significant policy bill slated to cut poverty by almost half, especially for families with young children. It will examine whether receiving direct payment is disproportionately benefiting Black and Latine families, economically and psychologically (e.g., perception of hardship). And will provide actionable information to ensure that the Black families with young children are protected, promoted, and prioritized in national, state, and local policies and strategies.
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.