Capacity Building Services


Child welfare agencies and organizations often need support as they seek to enhance, expand, and develop services, practices, and policies. The Children's Bureau has established a network of centers and resources that can assist these agencies and organizations as they work to improve outcomes for children and families and measure their results.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Visit disclaimer page

Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to print and electronic publications, websites, podcasts, and online databases covering a wide range of child welfare topics, including child abuse prevention, family preservation, foster care, domestic and intercountry adoption, search and reunion, and much more.

Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series - This podcast series, produced by Child Welfare Information Gateway on behalf of the Children's Bureau, presents a series of interviews and group conversations intended to provide beneficial information for busy child welfare and social work professionals.

Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative Visit disclaimer page

The Collaborative is a partnership among three centers—the Center for States, the Center for Tribes, and the Center for Courts. This structure is designed to help child welfare agencies and courts in states, tribes, and territories to build capacity and improve practice. The Collaborative delivers three types of outcome-driven services: universal, constituency, and tailored.

Other Training & Technical Assistance Providers

Our training and technical assistance (T&TA) provides child welfare systems, including public child welfare agencies, courts, community-based providers, and other partners, with assistance to meet federal requirements, reach desired outcomes, and continuously improve to promote safety, permanency, and well-being for children and families.

Resource Centers possess national expertise and information regarding specific topics, issues, or populations. They provide child welfare and other professionals with resources, training, and customized services to better serve children and families.

These organizations primarily create products and gather, organize, manage, and synthesize information for dissemination to broad and targeted child welfare audiences.  

Quality Improvement Centers generate and disseminate research and knowledge in specific focus areas with the goal of helping agencies, managers, caseworkers, and other child welfare professionals with service delivery.


This section presents findings of evaluations sponsored by the Children’s Bureau. It also provides resources for child welfare researchers, evaluators, program administrators, and T&TA providers and recipients.

Building Capacity to Improve Program Evaluation in Child Welfare

Program evaluation plays an important role in CB -funded projects and programs. A wide range of stakeholders rely on program evaluations to answer important questions about issues such as program design, capacity, collaboration, implementation, participation, service delivery, and effectiveness.

Findings and Resources From an Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance

Supporting Change in Child Welfare: An Evaluation of Training and Technical Assistance summarizes key findings and implications from a 5-year study of services delivered by 15 T&TA centers funded by the Children’s Bureau. The final report, executive summary, tip sheets, and evaluation briefs developed provide valuable insights for evaluators, T&TA providers, and service recipients.

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