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ASU's Center for Child Well-Being (CCWB) provides education on opportunities to reduce state and local costs through Title IV-E partnership.


A key value of ASU's Center for Child Well-Being is the facilitation of collective impact. We are committed to creating a culture of beneficial exchange through community collaboration, cooperation, and enduring partnership.

Can we spend less state and local funding on

training (those working with children and families) through collaboration?

Since 2012, Arizona's Department of Child Safety (DCS) and CCWB have worked collaboratively to assess and make recommendations on how to expand the training performed under the 2008 Fostering Connections Act and to promote cross-system collaboration amond state agencies and providers of child welfare training (Source: Arizona 5 year Child and Family Services Plan, Title IV-B 2015-2019).

Federal Title IV-E regulations allow states to significantly reduce the costs of training:

  • their own public child welfare staff;
  • staff of agencies providing services to children under the care and custody of the public child welfare system; and
  • alternative caregivers of children (kinship, foster, adoptive, and guardian)

(Source: Child Welfare Policy Manual - Section 8.1H - TItle IV-E, Administrative Functions/Costs, Training)

Passage of the 2008 Fostering Connections Act expanded eligible training audiences to include:

  • the staff of abuse & neglect courts;
  • attorneys representing the public child welfare, the children in court proceedings, and/or parents in court proceedings; and
  • court-appointed special advocates representing children.

(Source: Child Welfare Policy Manual - Section 8.1H - TItle IV-E, Administrative Functions/Costs, Training)


 Title IV-E Decision Tree for University & Child Welfare Administrators

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White Paper (2015) Leveraging Federal Funding to Support Foster Parent Training: A resource for public child welfare and university administrators

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20-minute companion video to White Paper


Arizona human services training statewide scan (2016): In early 2016, ASU's Center for Child Well-Being, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Child Safety, conducted a statewide scan to identify existing training for human service delivery organizations. The purposes of the scan were threefold: 1) to catalog the wide variety of existing training topics occurring across systems; 2) to inform future training opportunities for staff, system partners, and/or the family unit (birth family, kinship, foster/adoptive; and 3) to identify and formally recognize training that may qualify for federal funding pursuant to Section 474(3)(A) of the Social Security Act and 45 CFR 1356.60(c).

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  • July 25-26, 2017: 23rd Annual Child Abuse Prevention Conference (Phoenix, AZ). Conference Presentation: Collaborating to Access Federal Reimbursement for Training
  • May 23-25, 2017: National Title IV-E Roundtable Conference (Phoenix, AZ). Examining Efficiency and Increasing Access Across Systems through Collaboration". ASU's Center for Child Well-Being hosted over 225 attendees, representing 35 states and 6 tribal nations who visited Phoenix, Arizona to attend the 21st annual National Title IV-E Roundtable conference. Attendees participated in four plenary sessions focused on: 1) Social Work Education & University Partnerships; 2) Research, Evaluation & Assessment; 3) Training & Workforce Development; and 4) Collaboration & Partnership. Twenty roundtable break-out sessions followed each plenary to allow participants to learn more about what state partners have had success with in each area, as well as to learn from challenges and opportunities. The afternoons of Day 1 & Day 2 provided skill-building opportunities with two national Title IV-E experts, Don Schmid and Carl Valentine, followed by opportunities for state & federal region action planning.
  • October 13, 2016: Training Conversation, AZ Human Service Delivery Organizations (Phoenix, AZ).
    CCWB hosted a meeting related to the findings of the 2016 Statewide Training Scan of Arizona Human Service Delivery Organizations. One of the most interesting findings from the scan is that many different organizations provide (or have need of) training on similar topics. Seventy-eight (78) of the 117 organizations who participated in the scan requested follow-up to participate in a collective conversation regarding training for human service delivery organizations and/or to learn about funding strategies for training. Provided below, are materials produced from the collective conversation:

PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation PDF icon 2016-10-13_hs_training_conversation_powerpoint.pdf

Agenda & meeting notes PDF icon agenda-notes_from_az_human_service_delivery_161013.pdf


  • July 19-20, 2016: 22nd Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference (Glendale, AZ). Conference Presentation: Is Arizona self-funding training activities that are eligible for federal funding?
  • June 22-25, 2016: National Association of Social Workers Conference (Washington, DC). Conference Presentation: University partnerships leading change: Leveraging federal funding to support child welfare training
  • June 1-3, 2016: National Title IV-E Roundtable Conference (Salt Lake City, UT). Conference Presentation: Extending Title IV-E support through partnerships: Results of a statewide training scan in Arizona
  • June 2-4, 2015: National Title IV-E Roundtable Conference (Minneapolis, MN). Conference Presentation: Seeing the forest and the trees: Collaboration with private partners