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Child Welfare’s 21st-Century Research Agenda: Building Protective Factors through Family Resource Centers

December 1, 2022 @ 3:00 pm 4:30 pm


During this webinar, participants will learn about Family Resource Centers (FRCs), a key community-based prevention strategy utilized in 37 states and the District of Columbia. Presenters, including members of Hartford, Connecticut’s Parent Engagement Group, will introduce the framework and protective factors that FRCs help families build and discuss the role protective factors can play in parents’ lives.

The 21st-century research agenda for child welfare identifies the importance of community-based prevention strategies and the building of protective factors to reduce child maltreatment. The overall agenda calls for advancing equity and underscores that true transformation will only happen with meaningful engagement of those with lived expertise to inform and interpret research findings.

About the Webinar Series

This webinar is one session in Social Current’s five-part learning series on the 21st-century research agenda for child welfare.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs and the William T. Grant Foundation are leading an initiative, along with many partners, to identify research gaps related to community-based family support, child protective services, out-of-home care, and post-permanency services. The initiative is now working to conduct research, rooted in equity and co-designed by people with lived experience, to address these gaps and answer key questions, as well as increase the use of this research in decision making. Learn more about the 21st-century research agenda for child welfare online.


  • Gain insight into Family Resource Centers as community-based prevention strategies
  • Reflect on how the protective factors framework can enhance your work
  • Learn about what role you can play in carrying out a 21st-century research agenda

Who Should Participate

  • Child welfare professionals including caseworkers, investigators, managers, researchers, and other social sector professionals who interact with the child welfare system



Andrew Russo

Co-Founder & Director
National Family Support Network
University of Kentucky

Delmarys Serrano

Lead Parent
Parent Engagement Group
Hartford, Connecticut, Child Safety Forward Site

Kayla Waters

Parent Engagement Group
Hartford, Connecticut, Child Safety Forward Site