NIPFC Trainings

NIPFC's Training Menu

To inquire about any of these trainings, please email us at or call us at (510) 654-4004 x2238. All training is customized to meet the needs of your individual group and any planning and coordination calls prior to training are included in the cost of the training. We recommend that you schedule your session(s) at least 4 months in advance however, please inquire with us for details since our calendar is frequently updated.
  *Please note that soft copies of the training materials will be sent to you however, each party is responsible for making handouts for their participants.

Family Finding Training and Consultation Series (6 sessions over 6 months)
This customized series includes an orientation as well as a comprehensive and detailed training of the 6 steps to finding family. Included is a deliberate focus on preparation of child welfare staff, youth and family and other professionals. This series is designed to assist jurisdictions in their efforts to implement family finding and also provides interactive and supportive case specific consultations designed to address obstacles and challenges unique to each case, community and agency.

Lighting the Fire of Urgency (1 to 2 full day sessions)
This presentation highlights the adverse outcome trends for foster youth and focuses on the need to prevent multiple placements, long term foster care plans or exiting from the system without a permanent family connection. The struggles youth will face after leaving the system without a permanent family or committed adult include isolation and loneliness, unresolved grief and loss, homelessness, joblessness and lack of educational opportunities. This training provides a unique perspective of what we can do to prevent many of these outcomes and how important it is that we realign our focus on these issues prior to and immediately after removal, rather than waiting until youth age out of the system.

Making Connections Happen (1 to 2 full day sessions)
An overview of family finding values and principles followed by an explanation of the six steps to family finding and a description of the practice. The remaining day and a half are spent in teams where participants will practice the first two stages (discovery and engagement) to find as many potential connections as possible for their most lonely children. Trainer will assist team members in implementing the practice and overcoming emerging barriers.

Consultation /Field Training
Consultation/field training provides personalized assistance in the administration and practice of family finding and engagement processes, and case specific review. These sessions can be held in conjunction with any other trainings listed and can be held prior to or following the implementation of a family finding or permanency related pilot/process. Sessions promote the effectiveness of the supervisor relationship, support and provide strategies to integrate these models into daily practice, and further the development of system-wide protocols, county-wide procedures or state-wide programs.

AB938 Training (half to full day session)
Customized for California Counties in their development of processes to comply with the newly enacted AB-938 (Fostering Connections – Notice and Engagement of Relatives). Included is an overview of Federal and State legislation with an emphasis on how to use this process as a permanency “springboard,” by expeditiously locating and meaningfully engaging relatives (including non-custodial fathers) who could be provide a supportive relationship or placement. County specific development and implementation of front-end work (i.e., providing intensive family finding and engagement to prevent removal or in support of the permanent plan) are main foci.

Facilitation of Strategic Planning Discussions (half to full day session)
These sessions are developed with input and conversation with each specific county stakeholder managers and directors. They are designed to bring the decisions makers to the table, discuss needs and direction of the group and develop strategies and tools to implement county permanency programs and pilot projects. The purpose of these facilitated discussions is to guide the alignment of permanency goals to existing or developing strategic programs and system improvement plans, identify challenges and opportunities and as a team, develop next steps in the implementation of permanency related programs within their community.

Family Finding and Permanency Strategies in Juvenile Justice (full day session or combined with Family Finding Training Series)
Beginning with an orientation and facilitated discussion surrounding the unique issues of youth entering or currently placed in an “out of home setting” within the juvenile justice system, county probation is lead through the state and federal permanency requirements. Thereafter, these county probation professionals are guided through the development of implementation processes for steps to family finding and engagement as well as other permanency related strategies.

The Family Finding Team is equipped to provide keynote addresses, workshops and community outreach on any of the subjects provided in this summary. The Family Finding team focuses on attending and presenting at conferences that ideally would have an impact on the child welfare community, including Judicial Officers, Attorneys, CASA and other service providers who work in the dependency and delinquency systems.

Discovery and the Search Process (can be performed by phone/Skype)
Using internet Search engines to locate relatives for youth in Foster care. Focuses on using free, paid and premium search databases, including social network searches. Emphasis on mining the case files, basic search strategies, and reading the data. Can be performed by phone/Skype.

Hands-On Search Training
Live in-person training where we take actual cases and walk you through the search process and strategies, including using your in-house databases, demonstrating other possible database options, and advanced interpretation of the data.

Advanced Search Strategies (can be performed via phone or Skype)
Getting the most out of your database searches. Discusses strategies to increase your effectiveness in the search process including choosing the right database, leveraging paid sites to find free information, when to use free services and when it is necessary to use paid services. Also includes strategies in locating difficult to find relatives. Includes advanced interpretation of the data.

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