Child Welfare Systems Improvement
Always family-centered, strengths-based, and trauma-informed, Be Strong Families (BSF) has a strong track record in working shoulder to shoulder with child welfare systems across the country. Our partnerships include collaborating on integrating the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework, enhancing relationships between child welfare staff and the families they serve, preventing child abuse and neglect, and assisting systems with meeting the goals in their CFSR Program Improvement Plans (PIP) around parent engagement.
BELOW ARE DESCRIPTIONS OF JUST A FEW OF THE PROJECTS AND CONTRACTS WE HAVE WITH DIFFERENT CHILD WELFARE SYSTEMS THROUGHOUT THE NATION.
Department of Children and Family Services - Illinois
In Illinois alone, Be Strong Families delivers over 400 events a year for birth parents, foster parents, youth in care, and child welfare professionals. Most of these highly engaging trainings and workshops deal with educating and building on the research-based Strengthening Families Protective Factors™. Our focus is on always promoting permanency through strengthening and safeguarding the functioning of families.
Our events assist the system with:
Promoting timely family reunification.
Stabilizing foster care placements and promoting healthy relationships between foster parents and the children in their care.
Facilitating effective emancipation for youth and young adults in care.
Promoting optimal child development for children of youth and young adults in care.
Building better relationships between Illinois child welfare and private agency staff and the youth and families they serve.
Philadelphia Department of Human Services (DHS)
Since 2012, Be Strong Families has been working with the Philadelphia Department of Human Services as part of their systems change Improving Outcomes for Children Initiative. Our work there mainly consists of embedding the Strengthening Families Protective Factors™ and Parent Cafés through their Community Umbrella Agencies (CUAs). Be Strong Families Living the Protective Factors Training for Child Welfare is a required training for all DHS and CUA frontline staff within 18 months of hire. We also work with parent leaders to build their capacity to deliver Parent Cafés across the city and the region.
New York City Administration for Children’s Services
Since 2016, BSF has worked with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services to co-create New York City’s first primary prevention initiative. The initiative is based on opening three accessible community spaces called Family Enrichment Centers (FECs). These centers are being co-designed with community input using the Appreciative Inquiry process. The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors and Parent Cafés are being integrated into all services offered. We are proud to have heavily influenced the initiative’s design, trained staff, and begun supporting the FECs with developing Parent Café teams at all three locations.