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The following new and updated publications and resources are now available from Child Welfare Information Gateway. Use the links listed below, or contact us to request print copies, which we will mail you free if they are available.
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May is National Foster Care MonthVisit this year's website to find tools and information that highlight a variety of practices and approaches you can use to support your work with youth, such as:
- Resources to help create meaningful connections, partner with youth, advance permanency options, and prepare youth for successful transitions to adulthood
- Real-life stories of children, youth, and families involved in foster care
- Tools for promoting National Foster Care Month through email signatures and social media messages
What's NewHelping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents
Provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care. This factsheet for families includes eight tip sheets that provide specific guidance on topics related to self-sufficiency.
Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan
Intended to help child welfare professionals and others who work with transitioning youth to understand the Federal legislative requirements for transition plans and partner with youth to develop a plan that builds on their strengths while supporting their needs.
UpdatesEnhancing Permanency for Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Addresses the specific challenges of permanency planning with youth and highlights successful models and strategies.
Preparing and Supporting Foster Parents Who Adopt
Discusses the ways that professionals can help foster parents before, during, and after they adopt in order to ensure that the child and family experience a successful adoption outcome.
Sibling Issues in Foster Care and Adoption
Explores research, intervention strategies, and resources to assist professionals in preserving connections among siblings when one or more are adopted or in foster care.
In This Month's CBXThe May issue of Children's Bureau Express (CBX) highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.
Subscribe to CBX at https://www.childwelfare.gov/admin/subscribe
Did You Know?Search & Reunion
This section is designed to address the concerns of both adopted people who are searching for birth parents or other birth relatives, as well as birth parents (both mothers and fathers) who want to locate a child who was adopted.
Upcoming ConferencesWe will be at the following upcoming conferences. Please stop by and see us if you will be attending!
May 20-22: 37th Annual Child Welfare Symposium, in New York City, NY
May 21-24: 12th Annual National Citizen Review Panel Conference, in Jackson Hole, WY
May 29-31: 2013 Title IV-E Roundtable Conference, in Galveston, TX
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