Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Children's Bureau Express: March 2014 Edition Alert

Children's Bureau Express Welcome to the monthly email alert from Children's Bureau Express
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.
carot Reunification: The First Permanency Outcome
carot Permanence and Family Preservation
carot Promoting Kinship Foster Care
carot Improving Transition Planning for Youth
carot Caseworker Perspectives on APPLA
carot Investing in Youth Well-Being

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.
carot Associate Commissioner's Page
carot Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site Update
carot Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroups
carot CB Website Updates

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 T&TA Network.
carot Child Welfare Information Gateway Subscription Services
carot Navigator Tool for Diligent Recruitment
carot More Updates From the T&TA Network

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.
carot Site Visit: Oklahoma's Bridge to the Future
carot Site Visit: Arkansas Is Building Bridges in Early Childhood

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.
carot Social Worker Readiness for Organizational Change
carot Substance Use Among Youth in Care
carot Health-Care Use by Children in Foster Care
carot 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 related professionals.
carot Interviewing Children With Disabilities
carot Kinship Process Mapping
carot Quality Assessments in Child Welfare
carot Suicide Prevention for Youth
carot Parental Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Supports
carot Caregiver and Community Capacity Logic Model

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.
carot Establishing CQI in Child Welfare
carot Youth Voices for Change
carot From Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth

Training and Conferences

carot CBCAP Online Learning Course
carot Fostering Connections Training
carot Conferences
Children's Bureau Express is designed for professionals concerned with child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Children's Bureau Express is supported by the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and published by Child Welfare Information Gateway. Articles in Children's Bureau Express are presented for informational purposes only; their inclusion does not represent an endorsement by the Children's Bureau or Child Welfare Information Gateway.
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