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The 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.

The 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 welfare system.

Preparation 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.

Our 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:

Model 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:

During 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 learning circles.

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