Constituency engagement

No one understands the intricacies of the child welfare system better than those directly involved with it. Child welfare system constituents — birth parents, kinship caregivers, foster parents, and alumni of foster care — are well positioned to offer unique insights into what works, based on their personal experiences. They are integral to designing a successful child welfare system that keeps children safely at home whenever possible and prioritizes safe reunification when foster care is necessary.

Constituents should be involved at all levels of the system: as the experts of what their family needs at the individual case level; as peer mentors who offer support and guidance to those newly involved with the system; and as constituent consultants who participate in leadership and decision-making to advance systems change.


Happy kids in the park

How can agencies and organizations prepare for authentic youth engagement?


Three preschool age girls sit on the floor of their classroom together.  They look at each other and smile as they discuss a book.

How can birth and foster parents partner to achieve reunification?


Shot of an adorable little boy affectionately kissing his mother at home

How can child protection agencies authentically engage with parents?


Please explore the related resources below and at Questions from the field to learn more about constituency engagement.