Family Engagement 2 NBCC Hours
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Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2016). Family engagement: Partnering with families to improve child welfare outcomes. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau. 

Course Description

The subject matter in this course is "directly and primarily related to" the NBCC Content Area, Human Growth and Development, which has been specified by the NBCC Continuing Education Provider Policy as acceptable content to qualify for NBCC continuing education credit.  This course is available for ACEP home study and offers 2 NBCC Hours.


This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article pertaining to family engagement in the child welfare system.  Family engagement is a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes.


In Family Engagement, Participants will begin by considering the following benefits of family engagement: enhancing the helping relationship; promoting family “buy-in;” expanding opinions; improving the quality and focus of visits; increasing the placement stability; improving timeliness of permanency decisions; building family decision-making skills; and enhancing the fit between family needs and services.  Next, Participants will learn about child welfare practice models and the elements relating to both child welfare systems and infrastructure and casework.


Additionally, Participants will focus on the following specific strategies: frequent and substantive caseworker visits; FGDM; motivational interviewing; collaborative strategies; an active and meaningful role for families; father involvement; family search and engagement; mediation; parent partner programs; foster family-birth family meetings; and parent and youth involvement in agency councils and boards.  Finally, Participants will examine a number of state and local examples of family engagement strategies.


This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of family engagement in the child welfare system.

Learning Objectives

To be familiar with the many benefits of family engagement

To be aware of the different ways of achieving meaningful family engagement

To identify specific strategies that reflect family engagement

To consider a number of state and local examples of family engagement strategies

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