Engaging Families as Partners in Child Welfare

Engaging families in case planning is considered a hallmark of successful child welfare practice. It encourages families to work toward case goals that build on their strengths and consider their needs, which helps improve family well-being and child welfare outcomes.

Family Engagement: Partnering with Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes is the newest addition to Child Welfare Information Gateway's Bulletins for Professionals series. It explores how child welfare professionals can partner with families and ensure a more family-centric approach to casework. The publication includes the following topics:

  • Benefits of an active family voice in the child welfare arena
  • Specific strategies for engaging and empowering family members at the practice, program, and policy levels
  • Techniques to implement a more strength-based, family-oriented approach to helping vulnerable children and families
  • Comprehensive list of resources for professionals

Learn more about the benefits of and approaches to engaging families in Information Gateway's newest publication, available at https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f-fam-engagement/. Child Welfare Information Gateway also recently updated information and resources on the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI). The FEI is an interactive web-based tool designed to provide professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, education, and early childhood education with resources about family engagement and how it is defined and implemented across these fields of practice. Check out the FEI updates at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fei.

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