Child Welfare Resources

Chapin Hall produces resources to support child welfare practitioners’ and policy-makers’ efforts to improve child and family well-being. These resources include recorded webinars, panel discussions, tools and tool kits.

Family First Implementation

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) represents the most significant piece of federal child welfare legislation passed in recent history. Chapin Hall is collaborating with jurisdictions and organizations across the country as they assess readiness and plan for Family First implementation and align their child welfare system with the transformational opportunities in the legislation. The Chapin Hall suite of tools, readiness assessment, and planning framework provide a phased approach to preparing for successful implementation. We conduct a data-informed exploration of the needs of children and families impacted by the legislation to guide visioning and decision making. Access links to these tools. For more information about this work, email us at

The Center for State Child Welfare Data

This Chapin Hall website shows how to use data to develop mission-critical knowledge about children, families, communities and agencies, and then to use that data to make policy and practice decisions informed by the facts. Learn more at this site about how data is used to support real-time evaluation of programs and continuous quality improvement.

An introduction to CQI in Child Welfare Series

This is a brief introduction to a series of video-based seminars about continuous quality improvement. Produced by Chapin Hall with the California Department of Social Services and the Center for Social Service Research at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, the trainings are hybrid learning experience comprised of several interactive workbooks and video-based modules that focus on topics that relate to the development of the CQI process in child welfare.

Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths Tools

CANS is an open domain, multi-purpose tool developed for children’s services to support decision making–including level of care and service planning–to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of service outcomes. On this page you will also find a video training for using the tool, and you can download the tool. The Adult Needs and Strengths Assessment is for for adult behavioral health services to support decision-making, to facilitate quality improvement initiatives, and to allow for the monitoring of outcomes of services. The Family Advocacy and Support Tool is the family version of the CANS and ANSA tools.  Chapin Hall experts work with state and local jurisdictions to use these tools within the context of their strategic goals and logic models.