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T r a i n i n g M A T T E R S A P U B L I C A T I O N O F T H E N C D S S F A M I L Y S U P P O R T A N D C H I L D W E L F A R E S E R V I C E S S T A T E W I D E T R A I N I N G P A R T N E R S H I P

Volume 8, Number 2 • April 2007

Training Matters is produced by the North Carolina Division of Social Services Family Support and Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership, an organization dedi- cated to developing and delivering compe- tency-based, job-relevant, accessible child wel- fare training. Partners include:

of Social Services

Appalachian State University

Collaborative

of Social Work

Work Program

Work (Jordan Institute for Families)

S u p p o r t f o r C h i l d a n d F a m i l y T e a m M e e t i n g s i n N C N C S U P r o g r a m O f f e r s F r e e T r a i n i n g T a i l o r e d t o Y o u r A g e n c y s N e e d s

Child and family team meetings (CFTs) are one of the most valuable tools North Carolina’s child welfare agencies have to help them protect children and strengthen families.

These structured, facilitated events bring family members together so that, with the support of profession- als and community resources, they can create a plan that ensures child safety and meets the family’s needs.

Studies of one type of CFT, fam- ily group conferencing, found this way of making decisions is preferred by familes, works with families from diverse cultures, and produces plans

that meet with workers’ approval (AHA, 2003).

In North Carolina, use of CFTs is not just a good idea. Since the Mul- tiple Response System went statewide in January 2006, it is also required by child welfare policy.

To help county DSS agencies de- velop and sustain their capacity to use CFTs, the Division of Social Services has been working with the NC Fam- ily-Centered Meetings Project at NC State University. In addition to a substantial menu of classroom-based courses for child welfare agencies (see below), the project also cont. p. 2

of Social Work

We Want To Hear from You! If you have questions or would like to comment about something that appears in Training Mat- ters, please contact Teresa Turner, Program Ad- ministrator, Family Support and Child Welfare Services Staff Development, NC Division of So- cial Services, 2412 Mail Service Center, 325 N. Salisbury Street, Suite 735, Raleigh, NC 27699- 2412, State Courier: 56-20-25, E-mail: Teresa.Turner @ncmail.net, Tel: 919/733-7672.

Visit Our Website Go to <www.trainingmatters-nc.org>.

This issue of Training Matters was produced by John McMahon of the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

References for this issue can be found at <www.trainingmatters-nc.org>

The Family-Centered Meetings Project in 2005-06

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