National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections at the Hunter College School of Social
Work, in collaboration with our partners at the Child Welfare
League of America and the National Indian Child Welfare Association,
is a training, technical assistance, and information services
organization dedicated to help strengthen the capacity of
State, local, Tribal and other publicly administered or supported
child welfare agencies to: institutionalize a safety-focused,
family-centered, and community-based approach to meet the
needs of children, youth and families. The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
is a service of the Children's Bureau – ACF/DHHS.
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections 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
NRCPFC 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
for Adulthood – Supervising for Success is a new project
of NRCPFC in collaboration with the Foster Care Coalition
and the Child Welfare League of America. The goal of the project
is to develop, implement, evaluate and disseminate a training
curriculum for public child welfare supervisors. This curriculum
will strengthen supervision of staff’s interventions
with older youth who are in foster care.
state and city partners in this project are Oregon Department
of Human Services, State Office for Services to Children and
Families, the New York City Administration for Children’s
Services and the Mississippi Department of Human Services.
In collaboration with our state and city partners we have
created an exciting framework for professional development.
It uses technology and small learning communities to enhance
competence when supervising adolescent cases.
The framework incorporates three steps Discovery,
Engagement and Integration:
adapted from The Portage Project: Promoting Professional and
Organizational Development A Reflective Practice Model.
Discovery Engagement Integration
During the Discovery step, administrators,
supervisors, and workers can use this project website to download
relevant information in preparation for learning circle meetings,
connect to information, easy to use resources that can be
in the day to day management of cases.
During the Engagement step, six core perspectives
with principles and practices will guide the learning circles:
the Integration step, supervisors can download
on-the-job activities that they can use in their supervision
to integrate the concepts and strategies discussed in the