Sharing What Works
CFR trains more than 500 practitioners annually on our strategies for dramatically reducing foster care stays and on our innovative team model. While CFR works directly with parents, increasingly, we provide training and technical assistance to professionals throughout the country that are working directly with children, to child welfare caseworkers and even to family court judges.
Reducing Foster Care Stays
Our Cornerstone Advocacy model helps practitioners learn how to provide families with services that are well tailored to build on their strengths, on visiting arrangements that help families engage in safe, fun and meaningful interactions if separated, on out of home placement that supports a family’s connection to community, and on conferencing strategies that help a parent productively engage in service planning. To read more on how advocates and child welfare professionals can use the Cornerstone Advocacy approach in their own work, click here.
Innovative Team Model
Our interdisciplinary team model helps practitioners develop shared ownership of a client’s case within their own practice; intake and supervision routines, team decision making, communication best practices, and team strategies for challenging clients are all included. Many of our strategies for staff and managers are applicable in a variety of non-profit contexts, beyond just child welfare. For more information on our Training and Technical Assistance, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At our Cornerstone Institutes, we bring practitioners from other states to CFR for an in depth three day training series on parent engagement, Cornerstone Advocacy, and interdisciplinary team work. Institute curricula are tailored to state specific laws, regulations and policy directives. In 2011, CFR hosted family court and child welfare practitioners from the state of Iowa and in 2010, from Georgia and Vermont. If you are interested in exploring how to bring your “team” to CFR’s Cornerstone Institute, contact us at email@example.com.