Engagement Techniques

Table of Contents

Engagement Scripts

Primer scripts for engaging with family members of children in care.

Engagement of Fathers and Paternal Family Members

While research continues to highlight the importance of this partnership in improving outcomes for children, child welfare agencies can face many challenges when trying to identify and engage with father and paternal kin. So how can you overcome these challenges and implement strategies that make it easier to effectively engage fathers and paternal family members? Use the tools below to find strategies and evidence-based practices that will help you establish this essential connection and promote family well-being in your practice.

Family Engagement: Partnering With Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes

A publication from the Children’s Bureau, July 2021. This is a great resource for overcoming barriers to family engagement.

Protective Factors Conversation Guides

Protective Factors Conversation Guides were created to help service providers engage caregivers in personalized conversations about the protective factors. Each set (one for each of the six protective factors) includes a guide for service providers and a worksheet for caregivers.

Engaging with Youth in Foster Care

A quick reference, 2-pager that anyone working in the child welfare space will be able to easily reference while they are meeting with a young person. This tool includes primers for conversations, pointed questions to ask, and tips & tricks phrases or things to avoid.  

Engagement Tips with Youth

Created during our Family Search & Engagement Learning Collaborative.

Top 10 Tips for Family Search & Engagement During the Pandemic

Created during our Family Search & Engagement Learning Collaborative.

Engagement with Family

Created during our Family Search & Engagement Learning Collaborative.

Durham County Counsel Engaging Families Toolkit

Provides practitioners and managers with guidance to assist the effective engagement of families in the offer of support across all levels of intervention from early help and targeted services through to statutory services. From the Durham County Counsel.

"Engage Us"


The Building Bridges Family Advisory Network developed this guide as a tool to support providers in their efforts to improve the experience and outcomes for children and families. The goal of this guide is to deepen family-driven practice and promote better engagement with families.

Questions for Finding Naturally Connected Networks

Building naturally connected networks around parents, young people and children. Huge thank you to Andrew Turnell and Sarah Brandt for developing and sharing.