Training & Technical Assistance

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.

Cornerstone Institute

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.  Since 2010, CFR has trained practitioners from Georgia, Vermont, Iowa, New Mexico, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, and more!  If you are interested in exploring how to bring your “team” to CFR’s Cornerstone Institute, contact Rebecca Horwitz at

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 Rebecca Horwitz at

New York State Regulations

CFR attorney and social work staff frequently integrate New York State regulations into our advocacy, both in court and outside court. We reference them in oral arguments, negotiations, ACS and agency conferences and in motion papers. Regulations provide extensive information on the obligations owed by foster care agencies and social service departments to youth and parents, particularly when children are in foster care. CFR routinely provides training on integrating regulations into child protective practice. Please contact Rebecca Horwitz at for more information on training.  Reproduction or distribution of these materials is only permitted with attribution to CFR.

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Helpful Rules to Remember with Regs