Wednesday, January 15, 2014

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Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! January 2014

Happy New Year from Child Welfare Information Gateway!
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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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Child Maltreatment 2012

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released Child Maltreatment 2012, the 23rd in a series of reports designed to provide State-level data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). According to the 2012 report, the number of children suffering abuse, neglect, and maltreatment dropped nationwide for the sixth consecutive year. Read the full report on the Children's Bureau website.

The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood

On April 9, 1912, the U.S. Children's Bureau became the first national government agency in the world to focus solely on the needs of children. Learn more about the social forces behind the Bureau's creation in Chapter 1 of The Children's Bureau Legacy.

Responding to Human Trafficking of Children

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. This web section can help concerned individuals become familiar with the Federal, State, and local organizations that are directly involved with the prevention of human trafficking of children and the rehabilitation of child victims.


Foster Care Statistics 2012
Provides the most recent national statistical estimates for children and youth in foster care from fiscal year (FY) 2012 and also provides earlier data from FY 2003 to allow for some estimate of trends over time. Data were obtained from the Federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).

Placement of Children With Relatives
Discusses State laws that give priority or preference to relatives when children are in need of out-of-home care. This factsheet also addresses placement options and requirements for licensure, permanent adoption by relatives, requirements for placing siblings, financial support from States, and other related topics.

Spanish Resource Updates

Consecuencias a Largo Plazo del Maltrato de Menores (Long-Term Consequences of Child Abuse and Neglect)
Explains the long-term physical, psychological, behavioral, and societal consequences of child abuse and neglect.

El Impacto de la Adopción en los Padres Biológicos (Impact of Adoption on Birth Parents)
Discusses some of the emotional issues that parents may face after making the decision to place an infant for adoption, in surrendering the child, and in handling the feelings that often persist afterwards.

El Impacto de la Adopción en las Personas que Han Sido Adoptadas (Impact of Adoption on Adopted Persons)
Discusses the impact of adoption on adopted persons who have reached adulthood and addresses loss, the development of identity and self-esteem, interest in genetic information, and managing adoption issues.

Los Hijos Solos en Casa (Leaving Your Child Home Alone)
Provides some questions for parents to consider before leaving their children home alone, as well as tips to help make the experience safe and successful for all.

Did You Know?

New Web Section: Using Social Media in Child Welfare
Learn how to how to capture opportunities to help improve outcomes and build supports for children and families using social media as a communication tool.

In This Month's CBX

The January issue of Children's Bureau Express (CBX) spotlights family engagement, a family-centered and strengths-based approach to partnering with families in making decisions, setting goals, and achieving desired outcomes.
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Upcoming Conferences

We will be at the following upcoming conferences. Please stop by and see us if you will be attending!
January 26-31: 28th Annual San Diego International Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment 2014 in San Diego, CA
January 30: Tribal MIECHV Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC
January 31: Tribal Early Learning Initiative Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC

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