NRC Family Engagement Newsletter Spring 2009

Family engagement is a critical element of family-centered practice and permanency planning in child welfare, and the Children's Bureau's review of the first round of Child and Family Services Reviews indicated that State child welfare systems need to continue to work toward engaging families as partners in ensuring positive outcomes for their children. In order to achieve safety, permanency, and wellbeing of children and youth involved in the child welfare system, it is essential that families are meaningfully engaged in assessment, case planning, service delivery, design of all aspects ofpolicies, services, program implementation and evaluation, and system improvement efforts.

This issue of Permanency Planning Today discusses and provides examples of family engagement in various aspects of child welfare from case planning to system improvement in order to achieve positive outcomes for children and youth, while recognizing the relationship between family engagement and issues such as immigration and racial disproportionality in the child welfare system. This newsletter is from the National Resource Center on Family Engagement.

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