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March 2014 | Vol. 15, No. 3
Spotlight on Permanence for Youth Of the approximately 400,000 children and
youth in foster care in the United States, one-third are between the
ages of 12 and 17. All young people—regardless of age—need and deserve
permanent, loving families. No one is too old for permanency. This
month, we highlight resources focused on achieving permanence for youth,
including an issue brief with information on efforts to reunite
children and families, funding available for reunification efforts, and
promising practices for supporting reunification; a pilot program that
aims to keep teenagers out of foster care and safely at home; and more.
News From the Children's Bureau The Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site has
been updated with a new reporting feature that increases capabilities
for viewing race/ethnicity data, and the March "Associate Commissioner's
Page" focuses on the Children's Bureau's Permanency Innovations
Initiative to help older youth in foster care achieve permanence.
Training and Technical Assistance Network Updates The National Resource Center for Diligent
Recruitment developed a tool to help guide diligent recruitment efforts
and assist child welfare agencies create comprehensive diligent
recruitment programs. We also highlight the free subscription services
offered by Child Welfare Information Gateway and other updates from the
Children's Bureau Grantee Updates We highlight two grantee site visits this
month, one from the Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in
the Foster Care System grant cluster and another from the Child
Welfare/Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for
Children With Child Welfare Involvement cluster.
Child Welfare Research We point to research on the prevalence of
substance use among children and youth involved with child welfare, a
study of social worker readiness for organizational change, and ongoing
child welfare reform efforts.
Strategies and Tools for Practice This section of CBX offers publications,
articles, reports, toolkits, and other instruments that provide either
evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and
Resources This CBX section provides a quick list of
interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or
scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the
field or with families.
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