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Other Training Opportunites

Supporting Permanency for LGBTQ Youth in Foster Care

As part of the 2015 National Foster Care Month initiative, the Children's Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway, hosted a free, interactive webinar about supporting permanency for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The webinar highlighted how the Children's Bureau supports child welfare agencies in improving workers' competency in serving both LGBTQ youth in care and prospective LGBT foster and adoptive families. Presenters shared ways to achieve permanency and promote a sense of community and connectedness for youth who identify as LGBTQ. The webinar also focused on what agencies, frontline staff, and families can do to welcome, understand, accept, and better support the needs of these youth. The webinar is available on the 2015 National Foster Care Month website at



OJJDP Four-Part Webinar Series 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has re-released its four-part webinar series, “Improving Outcomes for Multi-System Involved Youth Who Cross Over Between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice,” in recognition of National Foster Care Month.  This series includes the following webinars on improving outcomes for crossover youth: 

Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families

The Children’s Bureau, together with its information service, Child Welfare Information Gateway, recently announced that this year’s National Foster Care Month theme is “Building Blocks Toward Permanent Families”.  As part of National Foster Care Month, the Children’s Bureau through the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC, a service of the Children’s Bureau and member of the T/TA Network), is pleased to offer a free webinar series on achieving permanency for children and youth in foster care.  Please visit the event page for each webinar for additional details or to view the archived presentation and materials. 

Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series

In continuation of the Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series, the Children's Bureau has released a five-part video series entitled A Framework to Design, Test, Spread, and Sustain Effective Practice in Child Welfare. Each video in the series addresses components of the framework: (1) Introducing the New Framework, (2) Identify and Explore, (3) Develop & Test and Compare & Learn, (4) Replicate & Adapt and Apply & Improve, and (5) Tying It All Together.

The Child Welfare Evaluation Virtual Summit Series videos tackle evaluation-related topics, and many propose solutions to common evaluation problems. The videos combine illustration, animation, motion graphics, and content from national experts.

Access all videos currently available from the Virtual Summit Series on the CB website.

Connecting the Dots: Safety, Permanency and Well-being

At the closing presentation for the 2013 Together We Can Conference, Bryan Samuels was present and presented a compelling message about the connections between safety, permanency and well-being. Referencing many national studies, including the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, he brought a message that pointed to the intersection of all three key areas and the necessity for change. Click to access the PowerPoint presentation. Bryan Samuels is the former Commissioner for the U.S. Administration for Children and Families. He is currently the Executive Director of Chapen Hall at the University of Chicago.  

ACES and Protective Factors: Effects on Parent Involvement

The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being.  On February 20, 2014, the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention hosted this webinar which presented information from the original ACES study; shared information from two programs regarding the prevalence of ACES in their parent population and how they are working to build protective factors and engage parents; and featured a parent leader from Washington State who discussed her own ACES and the proactive steps she is taking to keep her children from experiencing ACES.  The archived webinar and presentation slides are available for viewing via weblink.   

Making ‘What Works’ Work for You: Evidence-Based Components and Adaptation

This free archived webinar was hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), in collaboration with the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center (NJJEC). NJJEC panelists discussed how to use research-based strategies and techniques in new contexts and how to adapt model programs for local circumstances. This webinar can help service providers improve current programs and identify research-based practices to address new issues or problems. The webinar transcript and PowerPoint presentation are also available. (April 2013)  

Introduction to Parent-Child Visits

Child Welfare Information Gateway and the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) partnered to provide this free, self-guided online training on facilitating visits between parents and children involved with the child welfare system. The training promotes safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families by providing information to help child welfare professionals maintain family connections when children are in out-of-home care. Participants will learn how parent-child visits can enhance efforts toward family reunification and improve outcomes for children and families. The training includes best practices regarding parent-child visits for child welfare workers, supervisors, and related professionals. This training is based on workshops and materials developed by Rose Marie Wentz, NRCPFC Consultant. (2010) Link to training

NCCAN: A Family’s Experience: A Multidisciplinary Dialogue to Improve Outcomes in Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse and Neglect Cases

This Webcast took place on February 13, 2013. It included a 4-minute video clip, The Story of Rachel, which has been deleted from this archive for copyright reasons. For more information on the video, or to obtain a copy, please contact Praxis International.

For the family experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), the engagement of multiple, complex, and often uncoordinated systems can be overwhelming. This dialogue among national experts on domestic violence, child welfare, mental health and trauma, and fatherhood focuses on the intersection between domestic violence and child maltreatment. Participants will review and respond to a real-life case example. Panelists will subsequently describe innovative policies and programs at the nexus of child welfare and domestic violence, emphasizing practices that support safety, minimize risk, and promote resilience. This interactive Webcast will also include a question and answer period, as well as an opportunity for participants to share promising practices.


  • Deepen understanding of the complex relationship between families impacted by IPV and the systems they turn to for help Connect promising and evidence-based practices to the risk, safety, and protective factors addressed by the intervention
  • Exchange information on effective programs to aid in assessing current practice and implementing effective policies and programs
  • Identify issues and generate ideas for topics that require further exploration

Click to link to the archived webinar, handouts and other resources. 

NCCAN: The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study: Implications for Policy, Practice and Prevention

In recent years, knowledge about the long term consequences of early childhood adversity has increased exponentially, leading to significant changes in how the field is thinking about preventing child maltreatment, addressing trauma, and promoting child wellbeing. It has been almost 20 years since one of the seminal studies linking childhood trauma to long-term health and social consequences was first published: Kaiser Permanente’s initial study of 17,000 adults reporting on their ‘Adverse Childhood Experiences.’  What have we learned since then?  What does other national data say about the scope, scale and impact of early childhood adversity, especially for our most vulnerable families?  How are states using this information to create policy? How are practices and systems changing in response to the evidence from the ACE study and other research on early trauma and adversity?  


  • Share information on the latest research from the Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Study and related national studies in child welfare
  • Articulate approaches to applying ACES in practice and policy
  • Connect innovative, promising and evidence-based practices to the risk, safety, and protective factors addressed by the policy initiative or intervention
  • Identify implications for partnerships between health and child welfare Identify issues and generate ideas for topics that require further exploration

Click to link to the archived webinar, handouts and other resources.  

NCCAN: System of Protective Factor Frameworks: Together Toward Our Vision of Child and Family Well-being

This Webcast was broadcast live from the Preventing Child Maltreatment and Promoting Well-Being: Network For Action Meeting in Alexandria, VA. We work together to prevent and respond to child maltreatment. We come from different organizations and communities. We represent different constituencies. We are diverse by age, culture, profession, region, religion, language and education. What we share is a passion and vision for children and families who thrive. In this session, national leaders will discuss how the protective factor frameworks from which they operate contribute to a social-ecological system of support to prevent child maltreatment, promote well-being, and better respond to child maltreatment. There will be opportunities for participant engagement and to share information about what’s working and what we would like to see in the future.


  • Become familiar with three protective factor frameworks:  1) Essentials for Childhood from CDC; 2) Strengthening Families from CSSP; and 3) ACYF’s Protective Factor  Framework project
  • Recognize how the frameworks developed over time and how they relate to each other as a system of support
  • Explore how you and others can use the frameworks to support your own work
  • Celebrate how a variety of frameworks, services, and institutions help us move toward our vision of child and family well-being

Click to link to the archived webinar, handouts and other resources.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare - Free Tutorials

The free tutorials focus on the subjects of substance abuse and child welfare; they support and facilitate collaboration between the child welfare system, the substance abuse treatment system and the courts. Continuing Education Units are available upon successful completion of a tutorial. You must sign in to access the videos on their site.

Three  tutorials available:

  • Tutorial 1: Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
  • Tutorial 2: Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals
  • Tutorial 3: Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare - Training Toolkit

Helping Child Welfare Workers Support Families with Substance Use, Mental, and Co-Occurring Disorders Training Package was developed to educate child welfare professionals about substance abuse and mental health disorders among families involved in the child welfare system. Access the Child Welfare Training Toolkit


Archived NRCPFC Webinar: Child Welfare Response to Trafficking

This free webinar on child welfare system responses to the trafficking of children and youth was organized by the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections for the National Association of State Foster Care Managers. The webinar opened with an introduction to the topic by Taffy Compain, National Foster Care Specialist at the Capacity Building Division of the Children’s Bureau. Next, the webinar featured presentations from New York and Tennessee, which addressed child welfare system responses to trafficking in those States. New York’s presentation provided information regarding the State of New York’s definition of trafficking, relevant State law, and the intersection between child welfare and trafficking. Presenters from New York discussed child welfare system protocol for responding to trafficking, Office of Children and Family Services efforts to address trafficking, and the Safe Harbor Project. Tennessee’s presentation focused on the collaborative process employed to develop the Tennessee Department of Human Services Comprehensive Plan for the Delivery of Services to Human Sex Trafficking Victims. The presentation also shared the Department of Children’s Services (DCS) and Department of Human Services (DHS) approaches for ensuring comprehensive services are provided to children, youth, individuals, and families. Presenters from each State discussed lessons learned, challenges, possible solutions, and recommendations. 

Fostering Healthy Families Through Stable Housing—The Role of the Health Care System

According to a 2010 study, there are 1.6 million homeless children in the U.S. each year—that’s 1 in 45 kids. Not surprisingly, children with inadequate or unstable housing situations have disproportionately high rates of chronic disease, asthma, hunger, traumatic stress, and emotional and behavioral problems. Strategies to stabilize housing for children who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless are important for diminishing the health risks facing this vulnerable population. Click for webinar and additional information (archived).

This webinar on the role of the health care system in fostering healthy living environments for families featured health and housing experts discussing the following topics:

  • the effects of unstable housing on children’s health and the scope of the problem across the nation
  • the potential impact of health system changes, including Medicaid expansions and new funding for community health workers
  • the efforts of health plan foundations to improve access to stable housing
  • additional opportunities for health care stakeholders to advance the health of at-risk families 

 Legal Orphans - Permanent Families

NCJFCJ Webinar Series - Archived webinar with the Honorable Sharon McCully (Ret.) introducing the legal orphans Technical Assistance Bulletin to be released in 2013, containing policy and practice recommendations to reduce the numbers of legal orphans aging out of foster care without permanent families.  The power point presentation for the webinar is available here

Getting Practical:  Developing Your State Plan for Psychotropic Medication Management

A 3-part series that is primarily targeted toward State leaders who will be working together on plans to enhance oversight and monitoring. This web-based series will be in a question-and-answer format, allowing experts in the field to provide ideas and feedback designed to support States in their planning efforts. The first two sessions will offer a discussion of major content areas to be addressed in the State plans, while the third will provide an opportunity for interaction with representatives of ACYF. 

Web-based resources to promote peer-to-peer discussion and information exchange among teams working on their State plans will provide a vehicle for posing questions, sharing drafts of work in progress, and offering resources and potential solutions to the challenges raised will be made available through Georgetown University TA Center for Children’s Mental Health. These technical assistance efforts are made possible through an interagency agreement between ACYF, SAMHSA, the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health at Georgetown University and the Technical Assistance Partnership at American Institutes for Research. 

 Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework Online Training

The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds has launched an online training to support implementation of the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors Framework.  This curriculum includes materials on partnering with parents and addresses promising strategies to strengthen families for practitioners in multiple settings. There are 7 courses: Introduction to the Protective Factors; Concrete Support in Times of Need; Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; Parental Resilience; Social Connections; Social and Emotional Competence; and, Moving from Knowledge to Action: Wrap-up Course.  

Guardianship: A Web-based Primer – New Resource from NRCPFC

Guardianship is an extremely important area of child welfare policy and practice, and is huge in scope. Rather than attempting to address all guardianship issues in this document, in this new online resource, NRCPFC strategically presents an overview of the salient issues. It is intended as an online tool for programs, states and tribes where promising practices, programs and resources are made available. For this primer, NRCPFC thoroughly reviewed provisions in the legislation that address guardianship. Our goal is to provide the field with information on the components that support guardianship. This primer provides a broad array of resources from research, state policies, procedures and practice and includes an organizational self-study guide.

Leadership Academy for Child Welfare Supervisors

The Leadership Academy for Supervisors (LAS) is an on-line training program for experienced supervisors sponsored by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute.  It’s designed for motivated supervisors who are ready to become motivated leaders, in their unit, their agency and their community. If you’re a supervisor with one year of experience in a public and tribal child welfare agency, or in a private agency contracted by the State to provide case management services traditionally provided by the public child welfare system, you’re eligible for LAS.

What's in the training?

All training is web-based, allowing you to take the course at your own pace and in any location with internet access.

Interested in enrolling?  Click here to register for LAS courses. 


The National Center for School Engagement, in collaboration with the Partnership for Families and Children, has released the online course, “Getting Serious: A Best Practice Approach to Bullying Prevention.” The course provides an overview of bullying concepts and trends, highlights the links between school climate and bullying, and introduces best practices in bullying prevention.

 Registration is available online.

 For more information about the course, go to

NCJFCJ offers a webinar series covering Fostering Connections and highlighting specific provisions and guidance around education and family-finding, designed for Model Courts and their teams (but open to others who are interested in the topics.)

Fostering Connections 101: A Guide to the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act

Presented by: Heidi Redlich Epstein, American Bar Association
This webinar will provide an overview of the Act and its provisions, highlighted in the recently released Judicial Guide to Implementing the Fostering Connections Act. The webinar will be interactive, with opportunities for questions and info-sharing.

Unpacking the Education Provisions in Fostering Connections

Presented by: Kathleen McNaught, American Bar Association
This webinar will delve into the details of the education provisions of the Act, with opportunities for questions and info-sharing.

Finding Families, Finding Home

Presented by: Kelly Lynn Beck, Seneca Center and the National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness
Join us for an interactive session and learn how family-finding can assist children, youth and families in your jurisdiction.

The National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center Presents Webinar Series:  Assessing Project Performance: Building Blocks of Evaluation and Performance Measurement.

The webinar series covered a variety of topics including evaluation, performance measurement, program logic, and logic modeling.

For more information, you may want to go to the National Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center.

Webinar on Education Outcome Measures for Courts - Legal Center for Foster Care and Education

The American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law houses both the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI) and the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (Legal Center FCE). The Legal Center FCE is a national technical assistance resource and information clearinghouse on legal and policy matters affecting the education of children in the foster care system.

Webinar on Education Outcome Measures for Courts - Originally held on January 19, 2012      3:30-5:00pm EST

This webinar discussed newly-released court measures of educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care.

• Child Welfare Need for Education Outcome Measures, Requirements of Fostering Connections Act and FERPA
• Court Need for Education Outcome Measures: A Judges Perspective
• School Need for Education Outcome Measures
• Presentation of the Court Educational Outcome Measures

The Washington State Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA)
Trainings of Interest to Child Welfare Professionals Available via Web

The Washington State Court Improvement Training Academy (CITA) is located at the University of Washington Law School and is funded through the CIP Training grant. CITA has teamed with UWTV to make available free of charge full length training that can be viewed on your computer or downloaded at your convenience.

The current training titles include:

The CITA website is located at you can also subscribe to CITA e-mail news at this site.

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare offers online tutorials for specific target audiences. The tutorials focus on the subjects of substance abuse and child welfare; they support and facilitate collaboration between the child welfare system, the substance abuse treatment system, and the courts.

There is no cost to enroll in the online tutorials. When you register, you will receive a username and password. This allows you to access the lessons at your convenience. Continuing Education Units are available upon successful completion of a tutorial.

Child Trauma Academy Online Training Opportunities

The Amazing Human Brain and Human Development
Discover the hows and whys of the human brain, and gain a better understanding of brain functioning in maltreated children.

Surviving Childhood: An Introduction to the Impact of Trauma
Learn the physiological and psychological aspects of trauma, the effects of this trauma on our society, and how you can help.

The Cost of Caring: Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Impact of Working with High-Risk Children and Families

Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children 

The National Child Advocacy Center Online Training Courses

The National Child Advocacy Center has a number of on line courses for CPS, law enforcement, prosecutors and child advocacy center staff.  Visit the National Child Advocacy Center website for more information on the following online training courses.

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