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The Community Conversations: Listening for Change

Learn what we heard through community conversations across Missouri and how it led to a paradigm-shifting approach to transforming the state's child welfare system.

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The wellbeing of each generation’s children is of a paramount importance to society. Child welfare agencies play an important role in children’s wellbeing by protecting their safety, but Children’s Division’s efforts alone are not enough. A truly community response of public agencies, community-based organizations and non-service community assets – businesses, faith communities and familes themselves – is essential to children’s healthy growth and development. Indeed, all children need community, so child welfare must learn to partner better and differently with famileis and communities.

In 2016, Missouri Children’s Division and Full Frame Initiative, with the support of Casey Family Programs, convened seven Community Conversations across Missouri as a core strategy in improving outcomes for children and families. The input and energy of over 300 participants from government agencies, nonprofit programs and communities across the state helped define and launch significant, meaningful change.

Download our report that highlights what we heard through these community conversations and how we recommend using that information to reform child welfare systems.

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