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January/February 2001Vol. 2, No. 1Online Newsletters Aid Foster Parents and Child Welfare Social Workers

Log on to the North Carolina Family and Children's Resource Program website, to access the free, online versions of three child welfare and training newsletters, developed in collaboration with the NC Division of Social Services.

Although geared towards foster care and child welfare issues in North Carolina, workers and foster parents in other States will find useful information. The titles are:

  • Fostering Perspectives, published twice a year, provides insightful articles, poetry, and information for and by foster families. A special "Kids' Pages" section displays written material and artwork by North Carolina's foster children. The current issue focuses on working with birth parents; past issues have dealt with respite care, kinship foster families, cultural differences, and managing the holidays.
  • Children's Services Practice Notes, published four times a year, provides information on current research and practice models for child welfare workers. The current issue addresses parent-child visits; past issues have covered court preparations, turnover and mental health issues in child welfare, safety in social work, separation and attachment, helping children with special needs, and teen pregnancy.
  • Training Matters, published four times a year, gives child welfare workers in North Carolina information on training opportunities, including updates on new curricula and special offerings. The current issue highlights the preservice; past issues have featured articles on how to get the most out of training and how training fits with practice.

You can find these newsletters online at: