2021 CBCAP Grantee Meeting

2021 CBCAP Annual Grantee Meeting

The CBCAP Annual Grantee Meeting for 2021 was held virtually on May 17-18. In the first-ever virtual CBCAP grantees meeting, we all came together to learn, share, and interact.  Click below to view the various materials, handouts, and other media associated with the different sessions from the meeting.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your TA Coordinator.

Pre-Conference Session: CBCAP 101

CBCAP Leads who are new to their role have the option of participating in this pre-conference orientation to CBCAP, providing participants with the opportunity to learn more about their role and resources to get better acclimated to their position. The session will include a review of the New State Lead Manual and an introduction to the Federal Project Officers, FRIENDS TA staff, and FRIENDS Parent Advisory Council.

  • Julie Fliss, CBCAP Federal Project Officer
  • Sharon McKinley, CBCAP Federal Project Officer;
  • MaryJo Caruso, TTA Coordinator, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP
  • Joanne Hodgeman, Parent Leader and PAC member from Minnesota
  • Valerie Lebanion, Parent Leader and PAC member from Kentucky

To view the recording of the session, please click here.  

Pre-Conference Session: American Rescue Plan Act: A Discussion on Supplemental CBCAP Funding and Office of Grants Management Updates

The CBCAP Federal Program Officers will provide an overview of the $250 million in supplemental funding provided through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 for the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) Program. This additional funding provides an opportunity to make investments promoting the safety and well-being of children and families, while advancing racial equity and support for those who have been historically underserved or marginalized by child welfare systems. 

  • Julie Fliss, CBCAP Federal Project Officer
  • Sharon McKinley, CBCAP Federal Project Officer;
  • Janice Caldwell, Director of the Family Protection and Resilience Portfolio with Administration on Children and Families, Office of Grants Management

To view the recording of the session, please click here

Opening Plenary: Unpacking the Connection Between Poverty and Child Neglect: Implications for Policy and Practice

Welcome and Introductions

  • Julie Fliss and Sharon McKinley, Children’s Bureau/Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN)
  • Associate Commissioner Aysha Schomburg, J.D., Children’s Bureau
  • Valerie Spiva-Collins, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP

Plenary Session: Unpacking the Connection Between Poverty and Child Neglect: Implications for Policy and Practice
This talk offers an overview of the decades-long research literature on the role of poverty in child maltreatment and child protective services (CPS) involvement, with an emphasis on situations of neglect. Recent staggering statistics on the cumulative childhood incidence of CPS involvement and disparities by race require urgent policy and practice responses that need to confront chronic and intergenerational poverty, as well as systemic and structural factors that contribute to poverty. Specific policy and practice solutions for preventing child neglect are offered, drawing on an understanding of the current policy and economic contexts, as well as the existing prevention landscape in the U.S.

  • Kristen Slack, PhD, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty

Session Slides


Poster Session

Visit this virtual session to view over 20 posters from various CBCAP State Leads, Set-Aside Grantees, FRIENDS PAC, and FRIENDS as they share programs, innovative initiatives, and evaluation findings.

Click on a state/organization name below to filter the photos.

Workshop: Innovative Initiatives to Support Families and Communities

States are responding to the needs of families and communities by utilizing innovative strategies that focus on data collection, statewide parent cafés and trauma-informed programming. CBCAP SLs from Massachusetts, Utah and Wyoming will share how innovative initiatives are supporting families in their state.

  • Trisha Reynolds, Utah Department of Human Services
  • Brian Cook, Wyoming Citizen Review Panel
  • Sara Serelson, Wyoming Children’s Trust Fund
  • Dr. Rebecca Fauth, Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development, Tufts University
  • Sarita Rogers, Massachusetts Children’s Trust

Session Slides


Workshop: Update on the Development of Parent Leadership Evaluation Resources and the Spanish PFS-2

This session will describe two evaluation projects underway in partnership with FRIENDS.
Parent leadership continues to be a primary focus of CBCAP programming. To better support evaluating the impact of parent leadership initiatives, a Parent Leadership Evaluation resource is currently in development and being refined collaboratively with pilot CBCAP states to prepare for field testing in early 2022. The toolkit will include guidance and support for determining parent leadership goals, evaluating those goals, and choosing right-fit metrics and measurement tools.

In addition, the Protective Factors Survey, 2nd Edition (PFS-2), has been translated into Spanish. We are currently gathering feedback from the field regarding the translation, and preparing for a field test, to begin in October 2021. Participants will learn about the work that has been done to date on both projects and will have an opportunity to ask questions, offer feedback, and become involved in future focus groups and field testing.

  • Dr. Jessica Sprague-Jones, University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research
  • Dr. Steffany Sloan, University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research
  • Danielle Brower, University of Kansas Center for Public Partnerships and Research
  • Casandra Firman, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP

Session Slides


Workshop: The Community Response Program Experiment in Wisconsin

In the mid-2000s, the Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board in partnership with the Department of Children and Families, developed an intervention called the Community Response Program (CRP), intended to fill an important gap in the continuum of services to address child maltreatment. Specifically, families reported to child protective services for alleged child maltreatment, but whose cases were screened out at the hotline call stage or closed following an investigation, were offered voluntary case management services tailored to each family’s unique circumstances and self-determined needs. In this session, we will provide an overview of the history of CRP in Wisconsin, present key programmatic elements and practice frameworks that characterize the intervention and share results from a multi-site randomized control trial to assess the effectiveness of CRP in preventing child protective services involvement.

  • Dr. Kristen Slack, Professor, UW-Madison
  • Rebecca Murray, Executive Director, WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board

Session Slides


Workshop: The Prevention Mindset Institute: Reimagining Prevention Services Through Systems Change

Several states are learning together and sharing creative approaches toward building a family-focused child well-being system as part of the Prevention Mindset Institute (PMI). PMI participants from three states (California, Ohio, Texas) will share how they are partnering with state and community stakeholders to provide system supports to strengthen families and communities. All are welcome to attend and learn how these states are reimagining prevention services through systems change.

  • Sasha Rasco, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Kari Akins, Ohio Office of Families and Children
  • Nicole Sillaman, Ohio Children’s Trust Fund
  • Angela Ponivas, California Office of Child Abuse Prevention

Session Slides


Workshop: Art for Fostering Resilience in Youth Who Have Experienced Trauma

In addition to the shared trauma of the global pandemic, many children also experience stress from poverty, neglect or abuse, domestic or societal violence, bullying, homelessness, human trafficking, political upheaval, gender issues, incarceration, grief or loss of loved ones, or trauma from natural or environmental disasters. Some may have emotional, mental, behavioral, and physical challenges that make them less likely to succeed in school and are at risk of dropping out altogether. The creative arts can foster resilience in youth who have experienced trauma, promote healing and help them feel safe and empowered. This session provides skills, strategies, and hands-on artmaking based on innovative arts practices that enhance learning for youth who have experienced trauma.

The participants will be able to: list the impact of trauma, identify protective factors that foster resilience, describe therapeutic art processes, and design creative art activities to use in their practice.

  • Dr. Donalyn Heise, Visiting Associate Professor, College of Fine Arts, University of Texas-Austin

Session Handouts:

Visual Art Guide

Resilience through Art


Line Designs


Workshop: Your Data Say What? Understanding and Sharing Outcome Data

It is important (and required!) for CBCAP State Lead Agencies to share outcome data demonstrating that their prevention programs and services are producing positive outcomes for children and families. This session will discuss analyzing and understanding your data and how to share them in meaningful and creative ways. We will highlight the five evaluation briefs developed by FRIENDS in partnership with five CBCAP State Lead Agencies, with a special presentation from one of the states about their experience and lessons learned with understanding and sharing data.

  • Casandra Firman, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP
  • Samantha Florey, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP
  • Kristen Kirkland, Bureau of Research, NY’s Office of Children and Family Services

Session Slides


Closing Plenary: Building Primary Prevention through Progressive Strategies and Community Activation

Federal Updates

  • Julie Fliss, Children’s Bureau/OCAN
  • Sharon McKinley, Children’s Bureau/OCAN

Federal Updates Slides

Building Primary Prevention through Progressive Strategies and Community Activation

Mr. Morales will draw from his thirty-year career with the Southern California Children’s Bureau, and his experience as a prevention scientist and advocate, to encourage the continued transformation of the child welfare system. He will talk about key strategies for making change happen with examples from locations throughout the country. Primary prevention and broad community ownership are critical to this work. Alex tells others that he had great parents, but asks the question, what made them great? They were hard-working immigrants AND many individuals and organizations helped make them great! Alex is retired from the Children’s Bureau but he is still on a mission and has not retired from working to make a difference for all families.

  • Alex Morales, Retired former President and CEO, Children’s Bureau of Southern California and Board of Directors member at Child Welfare League of America

Morales Handout