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					      The
      Children’s Bureau
Training and Technical Assistance Network
              2010 Directory




              U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
                    Administration for Children and Families
             Administration on Children, Youth and Families
                                           Children’s Bureau
                                                               Table of Contents

Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ i

National Resource Centers funded by the Children’s Bureau:
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) ..........................1
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) ....................................................1
National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI) .......................................................2
National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRCIHS) ................................................................2
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) .................................3
National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) .............................3
National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA) ..................................................................................4
National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) ..............................................................4
National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes)..............................................................................5
National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents
at AdoptUsKids (NRCRRFAP) ............................................................................................................5

The following provide information and T&TA and are funded by the Children’s Bureau:
Child Welfare Information Gateway ......................................................................................................6
National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) .........................................................6
National Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Child Welfare
Systems of Care Grantees ......................................................................................................................7
Training and Technical Assistance to State Legislators on the Child
and Family Services Reviews ................................................................................................................7
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) ........................................................................8

The Quality Improvement Centers QICs are funded by the Children’s Bureau to plan and
implement research or demonstration grants:
National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare
System (QIC-NRF) ................................................................................................................................8
National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services (QIC-PCW) ...9
National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective
Services (QIC-DR).................................................................................................................................9
National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) ...............................................10
National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare
System (QIC-ChildRep).......................................................................................................................10




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    The following were established to support statutorily mandated programs and provide services
    to grantees and are funded by the Children’s Bureau:
    National Abandoned Infants Assistance (AIA) Resource Center .......................................................11
    National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS) ....................11

    Funded by the Children’s Bureau, the regional Implementation Centers provide indepth and
    long-term consultation and support to States and Tribes:
    Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC)......................................................12
    Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center (MCWIC).................................................................12
    Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center (MPCWIC)..........................................13
    Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare Implementation Center (NCIC) ...........................................13
    Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center (WPIC) ...................................................14

    Co-sponsored by the Children’s Bureau and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health
    Services Administration:
    National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) ................................................14

    The Intra-Agency Agreement between the Administration for Children and Families
    and the Center for Mental Health Services sponsors:
    National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health (TA Center) ..............................15
    Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership)...................15




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                                                 Introduction

This booklet summarizes information on the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA)
Network, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services.

The purpose of the T&TA Network is to build the capacity of State, local, Tribal, and other publicly
administered or publicly supported child welfare agencies and family and juvenile courts through the
provision of training, technical assistance, research, and consultation on the full array of Federal requirements
administered by the Children’s Bureau.

T&TA Network members provide assistance to States and Tribes in improving child welfare systems and
conformity with the outcomes and systemic factors defined in the Child and Family Services Reviews
(CFSRs) and the results of other monitoring reviews conducted by the Children’s Bureau to ensure the safety,
permanency, and well-being of children and families. This booklet is designed to communicate to States and
Tribes the specific focus of each T&TA Network member.

Many State and Tribal requests for training and technical assistance are made to Regional ACF offices. For a
listing of Regional ACF offices and the States they serve, visit the ACF website:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/oro

This booklet is available on the Children’s Bureau website:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/tta/index.htm




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  National Child Welfare Resource Center                          National Resource Center
 for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI)                    for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS)
                    www.nrcoi.org                                            www.nrccps.org

The NRCOI strengthens and supports State and Tribal      The NRCCPS provides expert consultation,
agencies committed to the welfare of children, youth,    technical assistance, and training in all areas of child
and families through training, technical assistance,     protective services, including intake, assessment, case
research, and evaluation. Its aim is to improve          planning, ongoing safety management, removal and
management and operations, bolster organizational        reunification decision making, ongoing services and
capacity, promote service integration, and develop       case closure.
supervisory and management systems that result in
                                                         The NRCCPS helps to build the capacity of State,
improved outcomes for children and families.
                                                         local, Tribal, and other publicly administered or
                                                         supported child welfare agencies to achieve safety,
GOAL                                                     permanency, and well-being for children and families.
Help child welfare agencies refine their management
and operations, expand organizational capacity, and
                                                         GOAL
foster effective and consistent practice, all with the
                                                         Assist jurisdictions with system and practice
explicit purpose of improving outcomes for children,
                                                         issues that help improve the prevention, reporting,
youth, and families
                                                         assessment, and treatment of child abuse and neglect
HOW WE HELP
                                                         HOW WE HELP
y Hone technical assistance requests to focus on
                                                         y Plan and implement systemic changes for States’
  developing systemic changes that will improve
                                                           Program Improvement Plans
  agency functioning, practice, and outcomes
                                                         y Provide technical assistance and consultation
y Prepare and plan for Child and Family Services
                                                           onsite and technology-based methods
  Reviews (CFSRs) and Program Improvement
                                                         y Develop and deliver resource materials,
  Plans (PIPs) to achieve agency goals and improve
                                                           guidelines, and protocols to increase capacity to
  outcomes
                                                           ensure staff and supervisory competence
y   Develop quality assurance and quality improvement
    systems
                                                         y Identify and disseminate evidence-based practices
y   Engage leadership and stakeholders in creating       y Provide expertise for practice and decision-
    and using integrated strategic plans                   making when child maltreatment is accompanied
y   Involve stakeholders in collaborative systemic         by substance abuse, domestic violence, and
    change strategies and ongoing agency initiatives       mental health issues
y   Assess and improve training systems                  y Provide expertise on requirements of the Child
y   Implement workforce improvement strategies,            Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act, Adoption
    including strengthening child welfare supervision      and Safe Families Act, and Indian Child Welfare
y   Host three national peer networks                      Act
y   Present an annual teleconference and webinar         y Support peer-to-peer networking for State liaison
    series, the Child Welfare Matters newsletter,          officers, Children’s Justice Act grantees, and
    research, and other publications                       Citizen Review Panels

FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     FOR MORE INFORMATION
Address: University of Southern Maine                    Address: 925 #4 Sixth Street NW
         Muskie School of Public Service                          Albuquerque, NM 87102
         P.O. Box 9300, 34 Bedford Street                Phone:   505.345.2444
         Portland, ME 04104                              Email:   tcostello@earthlink.net
Phone:   800.HELP.KID (435.7543) or                      Contact: Theresa Costello, Director
         207.780.5878
Email:   helpkids@usm.maine.edu
Contact: Peter Watson, Director


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                National Resource Center on Legal                           National Resource Center
                  and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI)                          for In-Home Services (NRCIHS)
                        www.abanet.org/child/rclji                       http://nrcinhome.socialwork.uiowa.edu

         The NRCLJI provides expertise to State and Tribal       The NRCIHS serves as a national center of expertise
         agencies and courts on legal and judicial aspects of    regarding child welfare practice related to ensuring
         child welfare.                                          the safety of children and youth in their homes and
                                                                 making reasonable efforts to preserve families in
         Areas of focus include permanency decision-making,
                                                                 which maltreatment has occurred.
         adherence to the Adoption and Safe Families Act
         and other Federal laws, the court’s role in the Child   The NRCIHS is responsible for providing T&TA to
         and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and child           build the capacities of State and Tribal child welfare
         welfare reform, high quality legal representation for   systems to safely maintain children in their homes;
         all parties, performance measurement for courts, data   prevent children’s initial placement or reentry into
         exchange between child welfare agencies and courts,     foster care; preserve, support, and stabilize families;
         judicial leadership, education needs of children in     and promote the well-being of children, youth, and
         foster care, and legal ethics.                          families. The NRCIHS helps facilitate systemic
                                                                 changes to improve the administration, delivery, and
         GOAL                                                    effectiveness of child welfare practices and services
         Achieve safety, permanence, and well-being for          that are sometimes described as family preservation,
         abused and neglected children through improved laws     family support, placement prevention, tertiary
         and judicial decision-making                            prevention, and post-reunification.

         HOW WE HELP                                             GOAL
         y Assist with agency-court collaborations               Provide T&TA for effective and promising alterna-
         y Collect and analyze agency and court data             tives to out-of-home care and build the capacity of
         y Identify legal barriers to best practice and          State, local, and Tribal systems to provide services
           recommend strategies to overcome barriers             that will ensure the safety and well-being of
         y Promote legal system stakeholder involvement          children and youth in their homes while preserving,
         y Help develop specific legal and judicial strategies   supporting, and stabilizing families
           to address issues identified in a State’s CFSR and
           technical assistance package                          HOW WE HELP
         y Provide tailored training and technical help as       y Provide TA to States and Tribes on alternatives to
           determined by a State’s Program Improvement             out-of-home placement
           Plan and Court Improvement Project strategic          y Conduct a national assessment of current
           plan                                                    practices in in-home services delivery
                                                                 y Sponsor an annual meeting for State Promoting
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                      Safe and Stable Families program administrators
         Address: 740 15th Street, NW                            y Develop and disseminate resources on in-home
                  Washington, DC 20005                             services
         Phone:   202.662.1747                                   y Establish an in-home services advisory board
         Email:   rennej@staff.abanet.org
         Contact: Jennifer Renne, Director                       FOR MORE INFORMATION
                  Scott Trowbridge, Program Specialist,          Address: University of Iowa Research Park
                  trowbris@staff.abanet.org                               W206 Oakdale Hall
                  Nancy Miller, NCJFCJ                                    Iowa City, IA 52242
                  Gene Flango, NCSC                              Phone:   319.335.4932
                                                                 Email:   lisa-daunno@uiowa.edu
                                                                 Contact: Lisa D’Aunno, Project Director




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 National Resource Center for Permanency                 National Resource Center for Child Welfare
   and Family Connections (NRCPFC)                          Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT)
                   www.nrcpfc.org                                           www.nrccwdt.org

The NRCPFC customizes an array of services for each      The NRC-CWDT provides a range of T&TA for data
request to support States, territories, and Tribes in    and information systems issues to improve the quality
sustainable, systemic change efforts producing greater   of data that is collected, build the capacity to use the
safety, permanency, and well-being for children,         information for decision-making in daily practice,
youth, and families.                                     and develop or improve case management and data
                                                         collection systems.
The NRCPFC offers onsite technical assistance and
indepth information services in collaboration with       The technical assistance provided by the NRC-CWDT
family partners to assist in the implementation of new   focuses on information systems, technology, and the
strategies, expand knowledge, increase competencies,     use of data. The NRC-CWDT works to improve the
and expand commitment to family-centered practice        quality of data reported to the Federal Government in
by child welfare professionals at all levels.            the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting
                                                         System (AFCARS) and the National Child Abuse and
GOAL                                                     Neglect Data System (NCANDS).
Build capacity in child welfare systems to enhance       Technical assistance also is provided for the Child
child and family outcomes pertinent to permanency        and Family Services Review (CFSR) data profile and
achievement, placement stability, and a wide range of    other Federal legislative requirements, policies, and
other foster care and well-being issues                  initiatives.

HOW WE HELP                                              The NRC-CWDT coordinates the Children’s Bureau’s
y Support practice to engage youth and families at       annual data and technology conference.
  all levels of the system
y Build partnerships with courts, legal personnel,       GOAL
  and community partners                                 Assist State and Tribal child welfare agencies and
y Promote visiting between workers and family            courts in improving outcomes for children and
  members and among families                             families in the child welfare system through the use of
y Support Fostering Connections implementation           data and information technology
  and grantees
y Promote effective concurrent planning                  HOW WE HELP
y Support competent practice with all families           y Assist with building the capacity to analyze and
  including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender        use data throughout an organization
  families                                               y Provide tailored assistance with AFCARS and
y Involve fathers and paternal resources                   court-agency data exchanges
                                                         y Improve data quality
FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     y Coordinate peer consultations among States,
Address: Hunter College School of Social Work              Tribes, and/or courts that have similar issues
         129 East 79th Street, Ste. 801                  y Support States in the CFSR process
         New York, NY 10075
Phone:   212.452.7043                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION
Email:   gmallon@hunter.cuny.edu                         Address: 2345 Crystal Drive, Ste. 250
Contact: Gerald P. Mallon, Executive Director                     Arlington, VA 22202
                                                         Phone:   703.263.2024
                                                         Email:   nrccwdt@cwla.org
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                      National Resource Center                               National Resource Center
                       for Adoption (NRCA)                               for Youth Development (NRCYD)
                           www.nrcadoption.org                                     www.nrcys.ou.edu/yd

         The NRCA works with States, Tribes, and agencies          The NRCYD helps States incorporate youth into all
         to increase States’ capacity in adoption. The center      areas of programs and services, implement services
         works to improve the effectiveness and quality of         that address legislative requirements, and prepare
         adoption and postadoption services provided to            for Child and Family Services Review (CFSR) and
         children and their families.                              Program Improvement Plan (PIP) development and
                                                                   implementation. The NRCYD bases its technical
         GOAL                                                      assistance and training around four core principles:
         Assist States, Tribes, and other federally funded child   youth development, collaboration, cultural
         welfare agencies in building their capacity to ensure     competence, and permanent connections.
         the safety, well-being, and permanency of abused and
         neglected children through adoption and postadoption      GOAL
         program planning, policy development, and practice        Increase the capacity and resources of States and
                                                                   Tribes to provide high-quality services to youth in
         HOW WE HELP                                               out-of-home placements, former foster youth, and
         y Provide technical assistance, tools, onsite support,    other youth in at-risk situations
           and systems to ensure timely permanent family
           connections for children                                HOW WE HELP
         y Help build culturally competent systems                 y Implement the Foster Care Independence Act of
         y Provide guidance on the Multi-Ethnic Placement            1999, including the National Youth in Transition
           Act, as amended                                           Database and other relevant State and Federal
         y Promote stakeholder involvement                           legislation
         y Provide T&TA during Child and Family Services           y Develop and maintain a culturally competent
           Reviews to improve adoption program planning              workforce that understands the developmental
           and timely outcomes                                       and service needs of diverse youth aged 14 to 26
         y Develop and sustain adoption support and                y Provide strengths-based and youth-driven
           preservation services such as the Adoption                transition planning services
           Certificate Programs                                    y Engage youth in all aspects of program planning,
         y Negotiate IV-E adoption assistance agreements             delivery, and evaluation
         y Collaborate with communities of faith to help           y Self-assess and evaluate youth services and
           support and sustain adoptive families                     programs
         y Promote workforce development in the Minority           y Develop and maintain collaborations focused
           Adoption Leadership Institute                             on helping youth transition to adulthood and
         y Provide the Adoption Competency Curriculum                strengthen permanent connections
         y Facilitate the National Association of State
           Adoption Programs to provide a forum for State          FOR MORE INFORMATION
           adoption program managers                               Address: 4502 East 41st Street, Bldg. 4W
                                                                            Tulsa, OK 74135
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                      Phone:   918.660.3700
         Address: Spaulding for Children                           Email:   dansell@ou.edu
                  16250 Northland Drive, Ste. 120                  Contact: Dorothy I. Ansell, Program Director
                  Southfield, MI 48075
         Phone:   248.443.0306
         Email:   nlyons@nrcadoption.org
         Contact: Natalie Lyons, Director
                  John Levesque, Technical Assistance,
                  jlevesq7@maine.rr.com



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             National Resource Center                     National Resource Center for Recruitment
             for Tribes (NRC4Tribes)                        and Retention of Foster and Adoptive
                 www.nrc4tribes.org                        Parents at AdoptUsKids (NRCRRFAP)
                                                                          www.adoptuskids.org
The National Resource Center for Tribes engages
Tribes to increase their access to and use of the T&TA   AdoptUsKids is operated by the Adoption Exchange
Network, brokers T&TA, assists in the provision of       Association. NRCRRFAP provides T&TA to States,
T&TA as needed, facilitates peer-to-peer consultation    Tribes, and territories for the development and
between Tribes regarding child welfare issues, and       implementation of high-quality services to recruit
increases cultural competence and sensitivity to         and retain foster and adoptive families. T&TA is
Tribal voices in the T&TA Network and in State child     supplied for customer service, diligent recruitment,
welfare systems.                                         interjurisdictional placement, and photolistings of
The NRC4Tribes addresses child welfare needs             children waiting for adoption.
identified by Tribes, supports efforts for improved      The NRCRRFAP also assists States with elements
Tribal child welfare practice, and works with            of Child and Family Services Reviews including
Tribal child welfare staff to achieve greater safety,    Program Improvement Plans, 5-year Child and Family
permanency, and well-being for children and families.    Services Plans, and Annual Progress and Services
The NRC4Tribes also promotes the delivery of             Reports.
culturally appropriate services to American Indian and
Alaska Native children, youth, and families.             GOAL
                                                         Assist States, Tribes, and territories in adoptive
GOAL                                                     and foster family recruitment and retention and
Enhance the capacities of Tribal agencies, courts,       serve as lead national resource center to deliver
and organizations to support successful child welfare    interjurisdictional placement services to States
programs and provide effective child welfare services
                                                         HOW WE HELP
HOW WE HELP                                              y Support States, Tribes, and territories in
y Conduct national needs assessments of Tribal             developing a pool of waiting families that reflects
  child welfare systems                                    the diverse characteristics of children and youth
y Support family-centered and community-based              awaiting foster and adoptive families
  practices                                              y Increase the effective use of cross-jurisdictional
y Broker T&TA for Tribes via the T&TA Network              resources to facilitate timely permanency options
y Function as a case manager in providing T&TA             for waiting children
  to Tribes                                              y Promote the role of resource parents in
y Convene a national advisory board                        recruitment and retention planning
y Arrange activities to engage Tribes                    y Enhance worker capacity and satisfaction with
y Support peer-to-peer mentoring and networking            their work in recruitment and retention
  among Tribal agencies                                  y Assist States, Tribes, and territories in ensuring
y Assess cultural competence of T&TA activities of         their recruitment and retention efforts are driven
  T&TA Network members                                     by promising practices and achieve desired
y Develop and disseminate toolkits, resource               outcomes for families and children
  manuals, and other products
                                                         FOR MORE INFORMATION
FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     Address: 8015 Corporate Drive, Ste. C
Address: NRC4Tribes                                               Baltimore, MD 21236
         8235 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 211               Phone:   888.200.4005 or 410.933.5700
         West Hollywood, CA 90046                        Email:   info@adoptuskids.org
Phone:   323.650.5467                                    Contact: Sharri Black, NRC Director
Email:   info@NRC4Tribes.org                                      Kathy Ledesma, AdoptUsKids Project
Contact: Jerry Gardner, Interim Director                          Director



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               Child Welfare Information Gateway                             National Data Archive
                           www.childwelfare.gov                      on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN)
                                                                                 www.ndacan.cornell.edu
         Child Welfare Information Gateway provides
         information services to child welfare professionals      The NDACAN, a project of the Family Life
         and the public as the clearinghouse for the Children’s   Development Center in the College of Human
         Bureau, compiling, synthesizing, and disseminating       Ecology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, serves as
         resources on the safety, permanency, and well-being      a repository for high-quality datasets relevant to the
         of children and families.                                study and prevention of child maltreatment.
         Child welfare and related professionals can rely on      The NDACAN conducts an annual Summer Research
         Information Gateway for quick access to publications,    Institute to provide training in secondary data analysis
         websites, and online databases covering a range          to child maltreatment researchers. It combines
         of topics, including child welfare, child abuse and      classroom instruction with hands-on experience.
         neglect, foster care, adoption, and the content areas    Participants are selected on a competitive basis from
         for which the T&TA Network members provide               disciplines such as psychology, social work, and
         technical assistance.                                    medicine.
                                                                  The NDACAN also moderates an online Child
         GOAL
                                                                  Maltreatment Research discussion group in which
         Promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of
                                                                  researchers from all areas of child abuse and neglect
         children and families by supplying child welfare,
                                                                  contribute.
         adoption, and other professionals—as well as the
         general public—with timely, essential information
                                                                  GOAL
         HOW WE HELP                                              Support the research of child maltreatment scholars
         y Connect users to information and resources about       and promote secondary data analysis as a tool to
           topics that include:                                   advance scientific understanding
           y Family-centered practice
           y Preventing and responding to child abuse             HOW WE HELP
             and neglect                                          y Acquire and process child maltreatment data
           y Supporting and preserving families                     for dissemination
           y Achieving and maintaining permanency                 y Provide technical assistance to data users
           y Adoption                                             y Distribute several free publications
         y Supply web-based information on all aspects of         y Moderate a listserv to facilitate information
           child welfare for professionals                          exchange and networking among researchers in
         y Offer print and electronic publications, including       child abuse and neglect
           many in Spanish
         y Maintain a comprehensive library of child welfare      FOR MORE INFORMATION
           documents and other media                              Address: Family Life Development Center
         y Provide online access to subscription services                  Cornell University
         y Host specialized databases: National Foster Care                Beebe Hall
           & Adoption Directory and State Statutes                         Ithaca, NY 14853
                                                                  Phone:   607.255.7799
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     Email:   ndacan@cornell.edu
         Address: Children’s Bureau/ACYF                          Contact: John J. Eckenrode, Director
                  1250 Maryland Avenue, SW, Eighth Floor                   Elliott G. Smith, Associate Director
                  Washington, DC 20024
         Phone:   800.394.3366
         Email:   info@childwelfare.gov
         Contact: Pamela Day, Co-Director
                  Mike Torpy, Co-Director



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      National Technical Assistance and                        Training and Technical Assistance
     Evaluation Center for Child Welfare                        to State Legislators on the Child
          Systems of Care Grantees                                and Family Services Reviews
     www.childwelfare.gov/management/reform/               www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/tta/state_legs.htm
       soc/communicate/initiative/ntaec.cfm
                                                         The Training and Technical Assistance to State
The center produces information and develops             Legislators on the Child and Family Services Reviews
resources on the development, implementation, and        (CFSRs) initiative identifies and shares with State
effectiveness of the Children’s Bureau Improving         child welfare agencies strategies for engaging
Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care           State legislators in child welfare reform efforts and
initiative.                                              the CFSR and Program Improvement Plan (PIP)
Systems of care is based on the principles of            processes. It promotes links between State legislators
interagency collaboration; individualized, strengths-    and child welfare agencies through onsite T&TA
based care practices; cultural competence;               events in States, T&TA reports, and presentations at
community-based services; accountability; and full       national conferences.
participation of families at all levels of the system.   T&TA is provided by JBS International, Inc. (JBS),
Systems of care serves as a framework for guiding        and its subcontractor, the National Conference of
processes and activities designed to meet the needs of   State Legislatures (NCSL), as a component of the JBS
children, youth, and families.                           contract to support the Children’s Bureau in carrying
                                                         out the CFSRs.
GOAL
Promote systems of care as a service delivery            GOAL
approach that builds partnerships to create a broad,     Engage State legislators in the CFSRs and PIPs,
integrated process for meeting families’ multiple        and support State agencies in obtaining legislative
needs                                                    collaboration on key agency initiatives

HOW WE HELP                                              HOW WE HELP
y Identify needs and support the development,            y Assist State agencies in developing long-term
  implementation, and sustainability of systems of         strategies for building positive relationships with
  care efforts                                             State legislatures
y Create and distribute products to help implement       y Make presentations to legislators at critical points
  the systems of care framework                            in the CFSR process: Statewide Assessments,
y Develop products to support understanding of             onsite reviews, Final Report release, and/or PIP
  systems of care                                          development
y Conduct a national cross-site evaluation of            y Provide a national context for State CFSR
  the implementation of systems of care in the             results to promote collaboration and legislative
  demonstration sites                                      engagement in PIPs
y Develop products that integrate evaluation             y Train legislators and their staffs on the review
  findings and other information to support wide           process when States seek to involve legislators
  understanding and implementation of systems              and staff directly in the reviews
  of care                                                y Deliver presentations to new legislators on the
                                                           functioning of child welfare systems and the
FOR MORE INFORMATION                                       CFSRs (“Child Welfare 101”)
Address: ICF International
         9300 Lee Highway                                FOR MORE INFORMATION
         Fairfax, VA 22031                               Phone:   301.495.1080
Phone:   703.934.3000                                    Email:   legta@jbsinternational.com
Email:   AGray@icfi.com                                  Contact: Randi Walters (JBS)
Contact: Aracelis Gray, Director




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                    National Child Welfare                            National Quality Improvement Center
                  Workforce Institute (NCWWI)                           on Non-Resident Fathers and the
                              www.ncwwi.org                            Child Welfare System (QIC-NRF)
                                                                                  www.fatherhoodqic.org
         The NCWWI conducts a range of activities to
         support leadership development, skill-building, and       The Children’s Bureau funded the American Humane
         professional growth. These include development and        Association and its partners, the American Bar
         delivery of child welfare leadership training curricula   Association Center on Children and the Law and the
         to middle managers and supervisors; facilitation of       National Fatherhood Initiative, to create the QIC-
         national peer networks of child welfare trainees,         NRF in 2006. The project came as a result of the
         students, and leaders; strategic dissemination of         Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) and the
         effective and promising leadership and workforce          report “What About the Dads?” The finding that little
         practices; implementation of B.S.W. and M.S.W.            meaningful engagement occurs between the child
         traineeship programs in partnership with 12               welfare system and fathers or other paternal relatives
         universities; and an extensive project evaluation.        is consistent with recent findings across most States.
         The NCWWI advances Federal priorities while               After conducting a national needs assessment on
         supporting training systems and workforce initiatives     issues contributing to the lack of involvement of
         at State and national levels.                             nonresident fathers with child welfare, along with
                                                                   activities toward identification, location, contact,
         GOAL                                                      and engagement of fathers, and on the barriers to
         Build the capacity of the nation’s child welfare          interagency coordination, the QIC-NRF funded four
         workforce and improve outcomes for children,              demonstration projects in Colorado, Indiana, Texas,
         youth, and families through activities that support the   and Washington to answer the question, “How is
         development of skilled child welfare leaders              overall child safety, permanency, and well-being
                                                                   affected as a result of increased father engagement?”
         HOW WE HELP
         y Convene an NCWWI Advisory Committee                     GOAL
         y Identify best practices in workforce development,       Determine the impact of nonresident father
           leadership, and cultural responsiveness and             involvement on child welfare outcomes
           developing training curricula
         y Provide national leadership training for middle         HOW WE HELP
           managers and distance learning opportunities for        y Promote a research-based and outcome-focused
           supervisors                                               approach of best practices to engage nonresident
         y Implement M.S.W. and B.S.W. traineeships in               fathers and the paternal family
           child welfare in partnership with 12 universities       y Determine the impact of father involvement
         y Coordinate peer networks around workforce and             on child safety, permanency, and well-being
           leadership issues                                         outcomes
         y Serve as a resource on workforce issues                 y Facilitate problem-solving networks that include
         y Disseminate evidence-based, effective, and                subgrantees, the Children’s Bureau, public child
           promising workforce practices                             welfare agencies, private service providers,
                                                                     child support enforcement, the courts and legal
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                        systems, and other stakeholders
         Address: School of Social Work
                  University at Albany                             FOR MORE INFORMATION
                  114 Richardson Hall                              Address: American Humane Association
                  135 Western Avenue                                        63 Inverness Drive East
                  Albany, NY 12222                                          Englewood, CO 80112
         Phone:   410.706.3740                                     Phone:   303.925.9454
         Email:   ndickinson@ssw.umaryland.edu                     Email:   soniav@americanhumane.org
         Contact: Nancy Dickinson, Project Director                Contact: Sonia Velazquez, Principal Investigator



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       National Quality Improvement                        National Quality Improvement Center
     Center on the Privatization of Child                    on Differential Response in Child
       Welfare Services (QIC-PCW)                              Protective Services (QIC-DR)
          www.uky.edu/SocialWork/qicpcw                           www.differentialresponseqic.org

The QIC-PCW funds and conducts research to build       The QIC-DR supports knowledge development on
and disseminate knowledge about privatized child       the effectiveness of differential response in child
welfare services.                                      welfare services. After identifying knowledge gaps
                                                       and research priorities, the QIC-DR now supports
After conducting a national needs assessment and
                                                       three research and demonstration sites that address
knowledge gaps analysis, the QIC-PCW is now
                                                       differential response across systems that promote
funding and assisting child welfare privatization
                                                       family strengths and keep children safe: neighborhood
projects in three States, conducting a cross-site
                                                       and community organizations, prevention programs,
analysis of their progress and outcomes, and
                                                       child protection, child welfare, health, education,
disseminating knowledge and lessons learned.
                                                       housing, and financial and family support.
GOAL                                                   The QIC-DR also supports dissertation research and
Build knowledge and inform decision-making about       the development of a dissemination process that will
public/private partnerships in child welfare service   provide the latest data to practitioners, policymakers,
delivery                                               administrators, and researchers.

HOW WE HELP                                            GOAL
y Promote and support an evidence-based and            Generate knowledge on effective differential response
  outcome-focused approach to child welfare            practice models in child protective systems (CPS) and
  system development and organizational                support the infrastructure needed at State and local
  improvement                                          levels to improve child welfare outcomes for children
y Build consensus on models of reform and              and families referred for suspected maltreatment
  the roles of public and private agencies, and
  recommend focus areas for child welfare policy       HOW WE HELP
  and evaluation fields                                y Develop knowledge about improving outcomes
y Facilitate a data-sharing and problem-solving          for children and families in the child welfare
  network among subgrantees, the Children’s              system by implementing differential response
  Bureau’s T&TA Network, public child welfare            CPS models
  agencies, private service providers, and other       y Promote collaborative problem-solving among
  stakeholders                                           selected projects and doctoral students receiving
y Disseminate resources from research projects on        dissertation support
  public/private child welfare partnerships            y Develop and implement CPS differential response
                                                         research and demonstration projects
FOR MORE INFORMATION                                   y Establish a national data-sharing network to share
Address: University of Kentucky                          information on promising practices
         College of Social Work                        y Evaluate differential response models on
         1 Quality Street, Ste. 700                      outcomes for children and families who are
         Lexington, KY 40507                             referred for suspected child maltreatment
Phone:   502.852.3174
Email:   crystal.collinscamargo@louisville.edu         FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Crystal Collins-Camargo, Project Director     Address: American Humane Association
                                                                63 Inverness Drive
                                                                East Englewood, CO 80112
                                                       Phone:   303-925-9421
                                                       Email:   lisa@americanhumane.org
                                                       Contact: Lisa Merkel-Holguin, Project Director



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             National Quality Improvement Center                       National Quality Improvement Center
                 on Early Childhood (QIC-EC)                            on the Representation of Children
                        www.qic-ec.org/index.php                            in the Child Welfare System
                                                                                  (QIC-ChildRep)
         The QIC-EC supports collaborative research and                          www.ImproveChildRep.org
         demonstration projects across child abuse prevention,
         child welfare, early childhood, and other health,          The QIC-ChildRep works to improve both the quality
         education, and social service systems. The QIC-EC          and quantity of competent legal representation for
         engages in knowledge development activities to             children and youth in child welfare cases. Not only
         identify characteristics, challenges, and knowledge        does this benefit case management and access to
         gaps about models that have been shown to reduce the       services for children, but ultimately it will improve
         incidence of child abuse and neglect.                      child safety, permanency, and well-being.
         Additionally the QIC-EC supports projects that focus
         on gathering evidence of child abuse and neglect           GOAL
         prevention, effective collaborations and systems, and      Gather, develop, and communicate knowledge on
         how these efforts can result in better outcomes for the    child representation that presents the strengths and
         children and families who are at greatest risk for child   weaknesses of varying methods of representing
         maltreatment.                                              children, promotes consensus on the role of the child’s
                                                                    legal representative, and provides an empirically
         GOAL                                                       based analysis of how legal representation for the
         Promote the development, dissemination, and                child might best be delivered
         integration of new knowledge about maltreatment
         prevention among children aged 0 to 5 and their            HOW WE HELP
         families who are at risk of abuse and neglect,             y Compile a national assessment of the state of
         including those affected by substance abuse and/or           representation of children in the child welfare
         HIV/AIDS                                                     system as of 2010
                                                                    y Identify representation models that seem the most
         HOW WE HELP                                                  promising in delivering good results for children
         y Develop evidence-based and evidence-informed               and for achieving overall systemic goals of safety,
           maltreatment prevention strategies aimed at                permanency, and child well-being
           increasing protective factors and decreasing risk        y Prepare to fund demonstration projects on legal
           factors                                                    representation of children
         y Evaluate the impact of evidence-based and                y Promote certification of lawyers as specialists in
           evidence-informed maltreatment prevention                  child welfare law
           strategies on optimal child development,                 y Participate in knowledge development and
           increased family strengths, and reduced likelihood         dissemination
           of child abuse and neglect
         y Establish a national data network for sharing            FOR MORE INFORMATION
           information on promising practices                       Address: 312 Legal Research Building
         y Support dissertation research in the prevention                   University of Michigan Law School
           of child abuse and neglect and the promotion of                   625 S. State Street
           child and family well-being                                       Ann Arbor, MI 48109
                                                                    Phone:   734.764.4000
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                       Email:   duquette@umich.edu
         Address: National QIC on Early Childhood                   Contact: Donald N. Duquette, Project Director
                  Center for the Study of Social Policy                      Clinical Professor of Law
                  1575 Eye Street, NW, Ste. 500
                  Washington, DC 20005
         Phone:   202.371.1565
         Email:   charlyn.harperbrowne@cssp.org
         Contact: Charlyn Harper Browne, Project Director


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        National Abandoned Infants                                National Resource Center
      Assistance (AIA) Resource Center                           for Community-Based Child
               http://aia.berkeley.edu                          Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS)
                                                                         www.friendsnrc.org
AIA service programs receive discretionary grant
funding from the Children’s Bureau to prevent child     FRIENDS (Family Resource, Information, Education,
abandonment and to address the permanency, safety,      and Network Development Services) provides
and well-being of infants, young children, and their    training, technical assistance, and information to
families who are affected by HIV/AIDS and/or            Federal grantee agencies implementing the grants
substance abuse. The AIA Resource Center provides       for Community-Based Child Abuse and Neglect
training, information, consultation and resources to    Prevention (CBCAP), under the Keeping Children and
AIA service providers, as well as other public and      Families Safe Act of 2003. FRIENDS helps CBCAP
community-based agencies, that assist these children    State Lead Agencies build capacity in the full array
and their families.                                     of CBCAP program requirements, including outcome
                                                        accountability, parent leadership, evidence-based
GOAL                                                    and evidence-informed practices, peer review logic,
Enhance the quality of social and health services       models collaboration, and systems change.
delivered to abandoned children, and those at risk of
abandonment due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV     GOAL
in the family                                           Build the capacity of State CBCAP Lead Agencies
                                                        and communities to prevent child abuse and neglect
HOW WE HELP                                             and strengthen and support families
y Provide training to professionals via
  conferences, skills-building seminars, webcasts,      HOW WE HELP
  teleconferences, and online tutorials                 y Foster an understanding and appreciation of
y Conduct individualized information and referral         diverse populations to prevent and treat child
  searches in response to requests                        abuse and neglect
y Produce and disseminate a biannual magazine,          y Facilitate efforts in planning and developing
  factsheets, issue briefs, monographs, and reports       a network of community-based programs and
y Maintain an interactive website with information,       activities designed to strengthen and support
  resources, and archived training                        families and prevent child abuse and neglect
y Examine emerging practice and policy issues by        y Conduct needs assessments to identify unmet
  conducting research, including focus groups and         needs and incorporate findings from other
  groups of technical experts                             statewide needs assessment processes
y Provide dedicated training and education services     y Promote parent leadership, especially for parents
  to AIA projects                                         of children with disabilities, racial and ethnic
y Assist Federal grantees in disseminating their          minorities, and other groups
  expertise, findings, and lessons learned              y Maximize funds for financing, planning, and
y Collaborate with the University of Missouri             operating child abuse prevention programs
  Kansas City Institute on Human Development            y Support States in Program Improvement Plans
  to produce and disseminate annual cross-site            resulting from Child and Family Services
  evaluations of AIA projects                             Reviews

FOR MORE INFORMATION                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION
Address: University of California, Berkeley             Address: 800 Eastowne Drive, Ste. 105
         1950 Addison Street, Ste. 104                           Chapel Hill, NC 27514
         Berkeley, CA 94720                             Phone:   919.490.5577 x222
Phone:   510.643.8390                                   Email:   lbaker3@nc.rr.com
Email:   aia@berkeley.edu                               Contact: Linda Baker, Program Director
Contact: Jeanne Pietrzak, Director



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                 Atlantic Coast Child Welfare                                Midwest Child Welfare
               Implementation Center (ACCWIC)                           Implementation Center (MCWIC)
                              www.accwic.org                                         www.mcwic.org

         The five regional Implementation Centers expand the      The five regional Implementation Centers expand the
         T&TA Network’s ability to provide indepth and long-      T&TA Network’s ability to provide indepth and long-
         term consultation and support to States and Tribes. In   term consultation and support to States and Tribes. In
         addition to working with the T&TA Network, each          addition to working with the T&TA Network, each
         center has formal partnerships with States and Tribes    center has formal partnerships with States and Tribes
         in its region to execute programs that use strategies    in its region to execute programs that use strategies
         to achieve sustainable, systemic change for greater      to achieve sustainable, systemic change for greater
         safety, permanency, and well-being for families.         safety, permanency, and well-being for families.

         SERVING                                                  SERVING
         y Region III (Delaware, District of Columbia,            y Region V (Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin,
            Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West               Illinois, and Minnesota; Tribes: see full list of 25
            Virginia)                                                Tribes at www.mcwic.org/who-we-serve)
         y Region IV (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky,        y Region VII (Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, and
            Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina,             Kansas; Tribes: Omaha Tribe, Ponca Tribe of
            Tennessee; Tribes: Catawba, Cherokee, Choctaw,           Nebraska, Santee Sioux Nation, Winnebago Tribe
            Miccosukee, Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and            of Nebraska, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation)
            Seminole)
                                                                  HOW WE HELP
         HOW WE HELP                                              y Support implementation projects, including
         y Host regional forums, such as Navigating Change          the Centralized Intake Unit for Indiana for
           in Child Welfare, which included presentations on        the Department of Child Services, Partnering
           the T&TA Network, systems change, promising              With Parents for System Change for the Iowa
           child welfare reforms and practices, and how to          Department of Human Services, and Best
           apply for implementation projects                        Outcomes for Indian Children for the Wisconsin
         y Establish the ACCWIC Learning Community, a               Department of Children and Families
           peer-to-peer information exchange for effective        y Improve the quality and performance of child
           implementation and achieving sustainable                 welfare services, based on needs identified by the
           systems change                                           child welfare agency
         y Provide intensive, coordinated, and individualized     y Provide expertise and resources needed to
           technical assistance to Round 1 implementation           enhance agency capacity to implement and
           projects to publicly funded child welfare agencies       sustain systemic change
           in Federal Regions III and IV                          y Facilitate communication and peer-to-peer
                                                                    networking across State and Tribal systems
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     y Build and disseminate knowledge about effective
         Address: University of Maryland, Baltimore                 implementation in child welfare
                  School of Social Work
                  525 West Redwood Street                         FOR MORE INFORMATION
                  Baltimore, MD 21201                             Address: Midwest Child Welfare
         Phone:   410.706.1442                                             Implementation Center
         Email:   info@accwic.org                                          206 S. 13th Street, Ste. 1000
         Contact: Diane DePanfilis, Principal Investigator                 Lincoln, NE 68588
                  Cathy Fisher, Project Director                  Phone:   1.888.523.8055
                                                                  Email:   mells@ccfl.unl.edu
                                                                  Contact: Mark Ells, Project Director
                                                                           Michelle Graef, Project Director




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     Mountains and Plains Child Welfare                    Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare
     Implementation Center (MPCWIC)                           Implementation Center (NCIC)
                  www.mpcwic.org                                   http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/ncic

The five regional Implementation Centers expand the      The five regional Implementation Centers expand the
T&TA Network’s ability to provide indepth and long-      T&TA Network’s ability to provide indepth and long-
term consultation and support to States and Tribes. In   term consultation and support to States and Tribes. In
addition to working with the T&TA Network, each          addition to working with the T&TA Network, each
center has formal partnerships with States and Tribes    center has formal partnerships with States and Tribes
in its region to execute programs that use strategies    in its region to execute programs that use strategies
to achieve sustainable, systemic change for greater      to achieve sustainable, systemic change for greater
safety, permanency, and well-being for families.         safety, permanency, and well-being for families.

SERVING                                                  SERVING
y Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico,            y Region I (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts,
   Oklahoma, and Texas; see full listing of Tribes at       New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont;
   www.mpcwic.org/region-6-full-listing)                    Tribes: Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians,
y Region VIII (Colorado, Montana, North Dakota,             Narragansett Indian Tribe, Passamaquoddy Tribe
   South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming; see full                at Pleasant Point, Penobscot Nation, Wampanoag
   listing of Tribes at www.mpcwic.org/region-8-            Tribe of Gay Head [Aquinnah])
   full-listing)                                         y Region II (New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico,
                                                            and the Virgin Islands)
HOW WE HELP
y Support implementation projects in States and          HOW WE HELP
  Tribes such as Colorado, New Mexico, Osage             y Hold regional forums and gatherings for agency
  Nation, Three Affiliated Tribes, and Turtle              and Tribal leaders, managers, and social service
  Mountain Band of Chippewa                                directors from each State, territory, and Tribe
y Provide implementation expertise through                 receiving Title IV-B funding
  intensive, long-term technical assistance              y Provide formal and informal peer networking
y Execute projects intended to achieve sustainable,        opportunities to share implementation-related
  systemic practice change                                 experience, support, and problem-solving
y Implement strategies that result in greater safety,    y Support intensive implementation projects
  permanency, and well-being for children, youth,          offering resources, technical assistance, and long-
  and families                                             term support
y Facilitate peer-to-peer learning and networking        y Provide T&TA to States, territories, and Tribes
  across State and Tribal child welfare agencies           to enhance their implementation activities and
                                                           knowledge
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Address: University of Texas at Arlington                FOR MORE INFORMATION
         School of Social Work                           Address: University of Southern Maine
         211 South Cooper Street                                  Muskie School of Public Service
         Arlington, TX 76019                                      P.O. Box 9300, 34 Bedford Street
Phone:   817.272.9190                                             Portland, ME 04104
Contact: Donna Cleveland, Administrative                 Phone:   207.780.5840
         Assistant, dcleveland@uta.edu                   Email:   mlocke@usm.maine.edu
         Susan Ferrari, Project Coordinator,             Contact: Susan Kanak, Project Director
         sferrari@uta.edu                                         Susan Maciolek, Co-Principal Investigator
         Dr. Maria Scannapieco, Principal                         Kris Sahonchik, Co-Principal Investigator
         Investigator, mscannapieco@uta.edu




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                Western and Pacific Child Welfare                      National Center on Substance Abuse
                 Implementation Center (WPIC)                            and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
                            www.wpicenter.org                                   www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov

         The five regional Implementation Centers expand the      The NCSACW works to develop knowledge and
         T&TA Network’s ability to provide indepth and long-      provide technical assistance to Federal, State, and
         term consultation and support to States and Tribes. In   local agencies and Tribes to improve outcomes
         addition to working with the T&TA Network, each          for families with substance use disorders who are
         center has formal partnerships with States and Tribes    involved in the child welfare and family court
         in its region to execute programs that use strategies    systems. The NCSACW develops cross-system
         to achieve sustainable, systemic change for greater      partnerships and practice changes to alleviate the
         safety, permanency, and well-being for families.         consequences of substance use disorders among
                                                                  families in the child welfare system. Assistance is
         SERVING                                                  provided at no charge.
         y Region IX (Arizona, California, Hawaii,
            Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of               GOAL
            the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States        Improve systems and practice for families with
            of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and            substance use disorders who are involved in the child
            Republic of Palau)                                    welfare and family judicial systems by assisting local,
         y Region X (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and                   State, and Tribal agencies
            Washington)
                                                                  HOW WE HELP
         HOW WE HELP                                              y Supply resources such as publications, journal
         y Support efforts to implement systems change              articles, research, and statistics
           in projects with the Central Council of Tlingit        y Advise on screening and assessment for family
           and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Los Angeles           engagement, retention, and recovery
           County, and the Navajo Nation                          y Present at conferences
         y Facilitate peer networking via webinars and            y Facilitate clinical and policy workgroups of
           conference calls, a listserv, a regional forum, and      substance abuse and child welfare staff and
           training opportunities                                   judicial officers and attorneys
         y Develop and disseminate resources and best             y Assist States in Child and Family Services
           practices for the process of implementing                Review responses and Program Improvement
           systems change                                           Plans
         y Promote organizational readiness for change            y Provide information on data analysis and cross-
         y Improve cross-system collaboration and promote           system data links
           shared accountability for child welfare outcomes       y Answer questions and make referrals to other
         y Engage families and youth in achieving systems           experts in the field
           change                                                 y Provide indepth technical assistance for sites
         y Integrate cultural and linguistic competence             selected through a solicitation process
                                                                  y Provide accredited tutorials and training modules
         FOR MORE INFORMATION                                     y Maintain an extensive library of resources on
         Address: American Institutes for Research                  substance abuse, child welfare and Tribal child
                  1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW                  welfare, and family court systems
                  Washington, DC 20007
         Phone:   202.403.5000                                    FOR MORE INFORMATION
         Email:   mgautreau@air.org                               Address: 4940 Irvine Boulevard, Ste. 202
         Contact: Marketa Gautreau, Project Director                       Irvine, CA 92620
                  Regenia Hicks, Co-Principal Investigator        Phone:   714.505.3525
                  Terry Cross, Co-Principal Investigator          Email:   ncsacw@cffutures.org
                                                                  Contact: Nancy K. Young, Director
                                                                           Cathleen Otero, Deputy Director
                                                                           Larisa Owen, TA Services Director

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  National Technical Assistance Center for                       Technical Assistance Partnership
   Children’s Mental Health (TA Center)                        for Child and Family Mental Health
        http://gucchdtacenter.georgetown.edu                             (TA Partnership)
                                                                          www.tapartnership.org
The TA Center provides assistance to States, Tribes,
territories, and communities to build systems of          The TA Partnership provides technical assistance to
care that enhance access to quality care and improve      system of care (SOC) communities funded by the
outcomes for children, youth and families with, or        Comprehensive Community Mental Health Services
at-risk of, emotional disorders. The center provides      for Children and Their Families program.
information, technical assistance, and training on
systems of care and to cross system audiences.            The TA Partnership helps communities transform the
                                                          way services are delivered to children and families
                                                          by emphasizing the SOC philosophy of delivering
GOAL
                                                          services that are community-based, family-driven,
Promote service delivery that is community-based;
                                                          youth-guided, and culturally competent.
comprehensive, coordinated, and collaborative across
systems; in partnership with families and youth;
culturally and linguistically competent; strengths-       GOAL
based; and individualized to meet the mental health       Help communities build systems of care to meet the
needs of children, youth, and families, including those   mental health needs of children, youth, and families,
at risk or involved in the child welfare system           including those at risk or involved in the child welfare
                                                          system
HOW WE HELP
y Offer training institutes, leadership development,      HOW WE HELP
  policy academies, and conference call series that       y Promote SOC principles and values
  infuse child welfare perspectives into the center’s     y Implement technical assistance strategies that
  work                                                      promote family-professional partnerships
y Identify and disseminate approaches for                 y Promote the use of effective evidence-based
  improving mental health outcomes for children,            clinical interventions
  youth, and families in the child welfare system         y Facilitate collaboration within and among
y Supply individualized technical assistance                multiple systems in SOC communities in
  for States including consultation, facilitation,          addressing the mental health needs of children
  presentations, and workshops                              and families
y Serve as a mental health system of care resource        y Offer technical assistance through resource
  for the Federal T&TA Network                              specialists, technical assistance coordinators, peer
y Assist child welfare agencies to help families and        networking, conferences and meetings, webinars,
  youth understand their rights and responsibilities        and communities of practice
  and to advocate for themselves                          y Produce and disseminate information and
y Promote child welfare engagement in the                   resources through a newsletter, a website, and
  Building Bridges and Healthy Transitions                  multiple listservs
  initiatives
                                                          FOR MORE INFORMATION
FOR MORE INFORMATION                                      Address: American Institutes for Research
Address: 3300 Whitehaven Street, NW, Ste. 3300                     1000 Thomas Jefferson Street, NW
         Washington, DC 20057                                      Washington, DC 20007
Phone:   202.687.8855                                     Phone:   202.403.5879
Email:   childrensmh@georgetown.edu                       Email:   tapartnership@air.org
Contact: Jim Wotring, Director                            Contact: Regenia Hicks, Project Director
         Debra Cady, Director of Child Welfare                     Kim Helfgott, Child Welfare Specialist
         Policy




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