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Office Hour: Building Community Support to Prevent Family Involvement in the Child Welfare System
Join NCSACW’s Office Hour on the development of notification pathways and implementation of family care plans for families not involved in the child welfare system—including during the prenatal period. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions, share ideas, and learn innovative strategies to initiate family care plans to prevent child welfare involvement or family separation for infants and their parents or caregivers who are referred to child protective services.

While states are in compliance with Section 503 of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), many are requesting technical assistance to expand their implementation of family care plans for infants and families either not referred to the child welfare system or without ongoing involvement. Developing family care plans during the prenatal period requires collaborative relationships with community-based agencies who are willing to initiate these plans. Creating separate notification pathways and family care plans during the prenatal period can support a more equitable approach that supports all families while not increasing referrals for families of color.

NCSACW senior associates and representatives from several states will discuss how family care plans are being implemented to support pregnant women, infants and their parents affected by prenatal substance exposure to prescribed medications, and families without ongoing child welfare involvement. Topics to be discussed include:

1. Who are the agencies implementing family care plans?
2. How do we engage healthcare providers and other community partners who may be willing to initiate family care plans?
3. How are states implementing CAPTA for infants affected by prenatal exposure to Medication for Opioid Use Disorders (MOUD)?
4. Are there any data on preventing family separation from community agencies who are implementing family care plans?

Jan 25, 2022 10:30 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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