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The Children’s Bureau Training & Technical Assistance NetworkMidwest Child Welfare Implementation Center Regional ForumApril 14, 2009

Safety • Permanency • Well-being

presentation overview
Presentation Overview
  • Purpose of T/TA provided and supported by the Children’s Bureau
  • Types of T/TA and eligibility
      • Federal Technical Assistance: Regional Offices
      • T/TA Network: services and membership
      • National Resource Centers and Child Welfare Implementation Centers: tailored & intensive T/TA services by request or application
  • National Resource Centers
      • Keys to accessing and using services
  • Child Welfare Implementation Centers
      • Filling a gap
  • Different structures and complementary roles
the children s bureau
The Children’s Bureau
  • Administers Federal child welfare programs and works with States, Tribes, and Territories to develop programs that prevent the maltreatment of children and youth, protect them from abuse and neglect, stabilize their families, secure permanency for those who cannot safely return home, and promote the well being of children, youth, and families.
children s bureau t ta
Children’s Bureau & T/TA
  • CB provides guidance, consultation, and resources to States, Territories, and Tribes to meet Federal standards, comply with Federal statutes, and pursue systemic changes that will improve outcomes for children, youth, and families.
  • Federal technical assistance
  • T/TA Network services and resources
  • Intensive services from the National Resource Centers (NRCs) and Implementation Centers (ICs)

Federal Technical AssistanceCB’s Regional Office State Leads and Tribal Liaisons provide Federal guidance and technical assistance on a variety of topics.

  • Guidance and information about Federal laws, regulations, and policies related to CB-administered child welfare programs
  • Policy clarification
  • Assistance related to applying for and claiming Federal funds
  • Review, guidance, and approval of State and Tribal plans (including, IV-E, CFSP, APSR)
federal technical assistance
Federal Technical Assistance
  • Assistance with planning and preparation for CB monitoring reviews (CFSR and IV-E)
  • Guidance and assistance with developing Program Improvement Plans as needed after reviews
  • Ongoing support for more successful child welfare monitoring outcomes
  • Ongoing consultation for programmatic (including IV-B, IV-E, Adoption Assistance, CAPTA, CBCAP, ILP, ETV, CIP) and systemic improvement
  • Review, guidance, and approval related to cost allocation plans
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Federal Technical Assistance

*Federal technical assistance is available to ALL States, Territories, and Federally-recognized Tribes that inquire about CB-administered programs and related statutes, regulations, and policies.

  • Practice area consultation and referral to other Federal TA
  • Review and approval of requests from States, Territories, and Tribes to receive services from the National Resource Centers
  • Consultation with Implementation Centers in the selection process for implementation projects


federal technical assistance2
Federal Technical Assistance
  • Barbara Putyra in Region V (Chicago)
  • (312) 353-1786
  • Mary McKee in Region VII (Kansas City)
  • (816) 426-2263

Contact your assigned Children’s Bureau Regional Office State Lead or Tribal Liaison.

If you are uncertain about who has been assigned to you, please contact:


cb s child welfare training technical assistance network
CB’s Child Welfare Training & Technical Assistance Network
  • The T/TA Network is designed to improve child welfare systems and to support States, Territories, and Tribes in achieving sustainable, systemic change that results in greater safety, permanency, and well-being for children, youth, and families.
  • *General T/TA Network services and resources are available to everyone, including the public.
  • Client-specific services are available from particular T/TA Network members, each serving a group of eligible entities or individuals within larger child welfare systems.
t ta network
T/TA Network

Currently comprised of 27 members, including intensive technical assistance providers

Complements Federal technical assistance from the Children’s Bureau

Funded entirely or partially by CB through grants, contracts, interagency agreements

Provides services to a variety of systems, agencies, organizations, and institutions

Network members collectively intended to promote positive systems change


t ta network principles
T/TA Network - Principles

CB expects members of the T/TA Network to promote systems change while partnering with one another in a manner consistent with the Systems of Care (SOC) framework and CFSR principles.

T/TA Network members collaborate with one another and collectively offer an array of services capable of building capacity and facilitating systemic change. T/TA Network services will be:

  • Proactive
  • Integrated
  • Culturally
  • Competent
  • Collaborative
  • Individualized
  • Client-centered
  • Strengths-based
t ta network members

Building Evidence of Effective Practice

T/TA Network – Members
  • 2009 T/TA Handbook
  • National Quality Improvement Centers
    • QIC on Non-Resident Fathers
    • QIC on Privatization of CW
    • QIC on Early Childhood
    • QIC on Differential Response
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway
  • National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN)

Organizing and Managing Information

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Building Evidence of Effective Practice

T/TA Network - Members
  • National TA Center for Children’s Mental Health (NTAC)
  • Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health
  • National TA & Evaluation Center for SOC Grantees
  • NRC on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)
  • National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (AIA Resource Center)
  • NRC for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS)

Providing Consultation and Transferring Knowledge

Organizing and Managing Information

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T/TA Network - Members
  • National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
  • TA to State Legislators on the CFSR
  • National Child Welfare Resource Centers
  • NRC for Adoption
  • NRCRRFAP at AdoptUsKids
  • Child Welfare Implementation Centers
  • Northeast & Caribbean IC
  • Atlantic Coast IC
  • Midwest IC
  • Mountains & Plains IC
  • Western & Pacific IC

Providing Consultation and Transferring Knowledge

Organizing and Managing Information

nrcs and ics
NRCs and ICs

*Provide States and Territories, Tribes, and Tribal Consortia that receive formula grants administered by CB (IV-B funds at a minimum) individualized and intensive T/TA to:

  • Improve child welfare administration and practice
  • Meet Federal monitoring standards and implement effective programs
  • Pursue sustainable and positive systems change
  • Improve outcomes for children, youth & families
accessing nrc services
Accessing NRC Services
  • No wrong door for accessing T/TA
      • Contact Regional Offices, specific NRCs, or NRCOI for help and information
  • T/TA is free, available on-site, and customized
  • T/TA is intended to build capacity within States, Territories, and Tribes to improve child and family outcomes
  • NRCs tailor services to be culturally appropriate
  • Many other services available in addition to formal, on-site T/TA
how the t ta process works
How the T/TA Process Works
  • Typical process for approved, on-site T/TA

--Work with States, Territories, and Tribes to assess T/TA needs

--Develop expectations and work plans

--Deliver on-site T/TA

--Follow-up and adjust work plans if necessary

  • Commitment to flexible, coordinated T/TA

--Working with multiple T/TA providers takes time and effort

--Development of TA plans and matrices facilitates coordination and follow through

keys to effective use of nrcs
Keys to Effective Use of NRCs
  • Talk to RO and NRCs before formally requesting T/TA
  • Involve key stakeholders in TA planning and implementation
  • Identify clear lead in State, Territory, or Tribe for TA initiatives
  • Link T/TA to leadership priorities
  • Specify action steps that will occur after on-site T/TA
  • Develop T/TA coordination plans if multiple organizations (NRCs and others) providing T/TA
regional office role with t ta
Regional Office Role with T/TA
  • Help States, Territories, and Tribes identify needed T/TA and appropriate NRCs
  • Approve on-site T/TA requests prior to the provision of T/TA
  • Help States, Territories, and Tribes prepare for T/TA
  • Coordinate and monitor T/TA across multiple NRCs
t ta requests
T/TA Requests
  • Barbara Putyra in Region V (Chicago)
  • (312) 353-1786
  • Mary McKee in Region VII (Kansas City)
  • (816) 426-2263

Inquire with a National Resource Center or contact your assigned Children’s Bureau Regional Office State Lead or Tribal Liaison.

If you are uncertain about who has been assigned to you, please contact:



Child Welfare

Implementation Centers

implementation centers
Implementation Centers

Filling the Gap

States and Tribes are sometimes without the resources necessary to implement comprehensive strategic plans, and the current T/TA Network has been limited in its ability to provide intensive, long-term TA.

Implementation Centers enhance the ability of the T/TA Network to provide in-depth and long-term consultation and support to States and Tribes.

Implementation Centers possess expertise in strategic implementation, organizational change, and systemic intervention.

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Implementation Centers

Primary Components & Activities

  • Outreach & Regional Forums
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking
  • Implementation Projects
  • Evaluation
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Implementation Centers

Implementation Projects

  • IC-administered
  • Substantial resources
  • Selection process
  • Mutually binding agreement
  • In-depth & long-term TA
  • Tailored & coordinated services
national resource centers
National Resource Centers
  • Possess topical expertise in
  • assigned areas of child welfare
  • Respond to T/TA requests from
  • States, Tribes, and Territories across
  • the country that are approved by Regional Offices
  • Serve as repositories of knowledge and resources on effective and promising practices in their respective areas of responsibility
  • Provide universally accessible technical assistance
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Implementation Centers
  • Possess expertise in implementation strategies, systemic intervention, and the process of organizational and systems change
  • Operate in defined geographic service areas comprised of two ACF Regions
  • Enter into mutually binding agreements for implementation projects
  • Provide in-depth, long-term technical assistance and resources to selected project sites
nrcs and ics are designed to complement each other
NRCs and ICs are designed to complement each other!
  • Can work simultaneously with the same child welfare system
  • Offer on- and off-site TA, including assessment, strategic planning, and implementation
  • Provide tailored technical assistance
  • Support peer-to-peer activities
  • Provide coordinated services
  • Build capacity in child welfare systems
  • Promote sustainable systems change
stay connected

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