Step by Step: An Introduction to Child and Family Teams

This is a two-day interactive orientation and practice training that focuses on the use of child and family teams. This training serves as the prerequisite for all other child and family team training events by the Center for Family and Community Engagement.

Through fun and informative activities, participants examine the principles guiding the meetings and the benefits of convening these meetings. Participants practice how to engage family, extended family, friends, service providers, and community members in making plans and decisions to promote child and family safety and well-being. Participants learn about the purpose and composition of child and family teams and about the structure, timing, and process of the child and family team meetings.

The training particularly focuses on understanding and honoring family culture, the role of social workers in preparing participants, the distinction between participant and facilitator roles, and participant responsibilities at the meetings. This course was developed by the Center for Family and Community Engagement at North Carolina State University.

Prerequisite: NC Social Services employees are required to have taken Child Welfare in North Carolina: Pre-Service training. There is no prerequisite for community partners.

Participants: Child welfare workers, facilitators, and community providers involved in child and family team meetings for DSS

Contact Hours: 12 contact hours

Upcoming Trainings:

August 18 – 19, 2020 Online
August 25 – 26, 2020 Online
September 9 – 10, 2020 Online
September 29 – 30, 2020 Online
October 28 – 29, 2020 Online
November 5 – 6, 2020 Online
November 12 – 13, 2020 Online
November 18 – 19, 2020 Online
December 8 – 9, 2020 Online
December 15 – 16, 2020 Online

Registration: Sign up online at, call the center at (919) 513-2339, or fax an application to (919) 513-7980.