National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement: www.nrcoi.org
Supports state and tribal organizations committed to the welfare of children, youth, and families through research, training, technical assistance, and evaluation in a number of areas, including strategic planning, quality assurance and improvement, stakeholder involvement and interagency collaboration, training systems and workforce development. The center's work improves management and operations, bolsters organizational capacity, and promotes service integration, resulting in improved outcomes for children and families.
National Resource Center for Child Protective Services: www.nrccps.org
Provides expert consultation, technical assistance and training in the area of child protective services (CPS). The NRCCPS helps to build the capacity of State, local, Tribal, and other publicly administered or supported child welfare agencies to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families. The focus of the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services is to develop and integrate policies and practices that improve the prevention, reporting, assessment and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues is dedicated to achieving safety, permanence and well-being for abused and neglected children through improved laws and judicial decision-making. The Resource Center provides training, technical assistance, and consultation to agencies and courts on all legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system, including court improvement, agency and court collaboration, court process, reasonable efforts requirements, legal representation of children and their families, guardianship, confidentiality and other emerging child welfare issues. The Resource Center also works to broaden the knowledge of agencies, courts, bar organizations, and other professional on issues involving child maltreatment, foster care, permanency planning, and adoption. It organizes and assists with training, produces and disseminates publications on law related child welfare topics, develops training materials, and helps others to improve laws, regulations, court rules, and policies.
National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning: www.nrcfcppp.org
The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning focuses on increasing the capacity and resources of state, tribal, and other publicly supported child welfare agencies to promote family-centered practices that contribute to the safety, permanency, and well-being of children while meeting the needs of their families. The NRCFCPPP helps states and tribes to implement strategies to expand knowledge, increase competencies, and change attitudes of child welfare professionals at all levels, with the goal of infusing family-centered principles and practices in their work with children, youth and families who enter the child welfare system.
National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology: www.nrccwdt.org
Provides assistance to states, courts, and tribes to develop, implement, and improve effective case management and administrative data systems in child welfare and to use data to improve outcomes for children and families. Technical assistance is available in the effective use of automation for measuring child welfare outcomes, including those required for statewide assessments, child and family services reviews, and annual reports of state performance.
The mission of the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption is to assist States, Tribes and other federally funded child welfare agencies in building their capacity to ensure the safety, well-being, and permanency of abused and neglected children through adoption and post legal adoption services program planning, policy development, and practice.
The University of Oklahoma National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development (NCWRCYD) builds capacity within states and tribes to effectively meet the needs of adolescents in state and tribal child welfare systems. The NCWRCYD increases the capacity and resources of States and Tribes to effectively help youth in care establish permanent connections and achieve successful transitions to adulthood. The Center can help States incorporate youth into all areas of programs and services, implement services that address legislative requirements, prepare for Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) and Program Improvement Plan (PIP) development, and implementation. The Center bases its technical assistance and training around the four core principles of: youth development, collaboration, cultural competence, and permanent connections.
The mission of the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids is to find and support foster and adoptive families for children in the foster care system. To do this, the training and technical assistance services of AdoptUSKids are focused on helping states and tribes achieve their Title IV-B Child and Family Service Plan requirements and Title IV-E CFSR targets that pertain to the development and implementation of quality recruitment and retention services.
NCSACW's goals are to develop and implement a comprehensive program of information gathering and dissemination, to provide technical assistance, and to develop knowledge that promotes effective practice, organizational, and system changes at the local, state, and national levels through expertise on substance abuse, child welfare, tribal and family judicial systems; specialized knowledge to improve collaboration among these systems; and Web-based and other technological means of collecting and disseminating current knowledge.
The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center's mission is to enhance the quality of social and health services delivered to children who are abandoned or at risk of abandonment due to the presence of drugs and/or HIV in the family. The Resource Center provides training, information, support, and resources to service providers who assist these children and their families.
National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs: www.friendsnrc.org
The FRIENDS National Resource Center provides resources and services to community-based child abuse prevention (CBCAP) leads lead agencies to establish effective interagency cooperation and collaboration that involves all stakeholders, including families, and promotes public-private partnerships in the establishment and expansion of child abuse prevention programs. Technical assistance topics include child abuse prevention programming, network building, and program and outcome evaluation.
Other Useful Resources
The National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse: http://nccanch.acf.hhs.gov/
These are services of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of the Clearinghouses is to connect professionals and concerned citizens to practical, timely, and essential information on programs, research, legislation, and statistics to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.
The National Adoption Information Clearinghouse (NAIC) was established by Congress in 1987 to provide free information on all aspects of adoption. The NAIC website provides comprehensive information on domestic and intercountry adoption.