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Special Journal Issue—Supporting Change in Child Welfare: An Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance

Project: Cross-Site Evaluation of Child Welfare Implementation Centers and National Resource Centers

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This special journal issue presents findings from a cross-site evaluation of National Resource Centers and Implementation Centers funded by the Children’s Bureau from 2008 to 2014. 

The model of providing training and technical assistance to courts, tribes, and states described in these eight papers is one that local child welfare systems should consider as they approach building capacity in their own jurisdictions. The findings reveal ways to build the capacity of leaders, supervisors and frontline workers so that outcomes of safety, permanency, and well-being can be achieved.

To facilitate the ability of child welfare systems to make the leap from the national example to the local level, the final paper shows how one system incorporates training, coaching, and organizational enhancement activities in its partnership with local agencies to build effective child welfare organizations.