Though they share common goals to support abused, neglected, and traumatized children and their families, the early childhood systems and child welfare systems often find it challenging to work collaboratively.
This collection of resources supports a 2022 BUILD Webinar Series devoted to exploring ways to strengthen the collaboration between early childhood and child welfare. The five-part series, Child Welfare and Early Childhood: Cross-Systems Collaboration to Improve Outcomes for Young Children and Their Families, launches in January 2022 with a monthly webinar and roundtable discussion and continues through May 2022.
The objectives of the webinars are to:
- Raise awareness about young children and their families encountering or involved with the child welfare system.
- Educate participants about the racial disparities in family separation from child welfare involvement.
- Promote family and community opportunities and strategies for prevention.
- Provide examples of cross-systems collaboration on behalf of our youngest children.
This resource collection, which will evolve and grow over time, provides foundational information to help state leaders working in early childhood and child welfare better understand each other’s perspectives, address their challenges, and examine opportunities and strategies for creating stronger partnerships to support young children and their families and improve outcomes.