Check out the most accessed resources in the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Council on Accreditation Library for February 2021. Many of the resources address topics related to operating amid the COVID-19 pandemic, topics around equity, diversity, and inclusion, and safety and prevention in the child welfare system. 

Organization's that submitted resources included in this month’s top 10 are Board of Child Care,  Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities, The Family Partnership, Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan, KVC Health Systems, SaintA, Boys Town, and Children's Home Society. Thanks to them and to all those who shared knowledge with our network via the Library last month!

There's no question that the Alliance and COA network creates resources that are valuable to others in the network, and this has been especially evident over the past few months. Submit articles, reports, or templates you use often, find indispensable, and/or are particularly proud of via this form or submit it via email.

Here are February's Top Ten most accessed resources in the Library:

#10 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator [Job Description]
Board of Child Care (Baltimore, MD)

The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator will identify, develop, model, and promote a culture of diversity and inclusion through knowledge of human rights legislation to drive impact in engagement, professional development, anti-racism, diversity, and inclusion at the Board of Child Care for Talent at all levels. This position serves as a member of the senior leadership team.

#9 Operating Reserves with Nonprofit Policy Examples
Propel Nonprofits

A nonprofit may set aside a cash reserve to provide a cushion for planned or unplanned future needs. This resource includes considerations for reserve planning and two sample policies - one for operating reserves and another for multiple reserves.

#8 Planning for Safe Reopening/Returning to Work
Metropolitan Alliance of Connected Communities (MACC) (Minneapolis, MN)

Resources to help your organization plan as best as possible to keep your team safe while delivering services, continuing business operations, and monitoring community impacts. MACC's return to work protocol and COVID-19 pre-screen documents are included on this list.

#7 Executive Functioning Across Generations
The Family Partnership (Minneapolis, MN)

The Family Partnership’s Executive Functioning Across Generations intervention is designed to buffer children against toxic stress, and support their caregivers in providing that strong environment of support for healthy brain development. This webpage provides additional information about the curriculum, including how it works, and pilot results and partners.

#6 COVID-19 Response and Reopening Plan
Family & Children’s Services of Mid-Michigan (Midland, MI)

This COVID-19-specific response and reopening plan consolidates initial implementation strategies starting March 16, 2020 and outlines additional strategies moving forward to reduce risk of infection for clients and staff at the Agency.

#5 (tie) How to Safely Prevent Children from Needing Foster Care: Invest Resources Upstream
KVC Health Systems (Olathe, KS)

This fact sheet illustrates concrete and social supports, healthcare, education, child welfare prevention, and foster care on a continuum from upstream to downstream.

#5 (tie) Transforming Outcomes For Children, Families and Community: Racine County Human Services Adopts Trauma Informed Perspective [Case Study]
SaintA (Milwaukee, WI)

Racine County has seen an incredible amount of success in keeping children safe at home and out of the system. They have achieved a 50% decrease in children in out-of-home care, from a consistent 400 children each month in 2017, 250 in 2018, and 174 in the final months of 2020.

#4 Scenario-Based Cash Planning in a Crisis: Lessons for the Next Normal
McKinsey & Company

Five best practices can ensure organizations are fully prepared for future challenges.

#3 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Boys Town
Boys Town (Boys Town, NE)

Boys Town is committed to creating a culture of respect; attracting, developing, and retaining diverse employees; and driving leadership accountability and ownership.

#2 Limited Reopening COVID-19 Safety and Protocols Training
Children's Home Society of Washington (CHSW) (Seattle, WA)

This is a template that CHSW used to train all-staff across the state of Washington on how staff can go in and out of their facilities.

#1 How Did the Blind Removal Process in Nassau County, N.Y., Reduce Disparity Among Children Entering Care?
Casey Family Programs
Nassau County (N.Y.) Child and Family Services introduced a blinding practice into its child welfare removal meetings and, within five years, the number of Black children removed from their families was reduced by almost half, representing the most significant decrease in racial disproportionality within the county system ever.

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