April 2005Vol. 6, No. 3Child Welfare Matters
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) has just published the first issue of its new biannual newsletter, Child Welfare Matters. The lead article describes the procedure for requesting onsite training and technical assistance (T&TA) using a central point-of-entry for all onsite requests to better coordinate services across National Resource Centers (NRCs) to States and Tribes. With the start of the 2005 fiscal year, the Children's Bureau entered into a new set of cooperative agreements with the seven NRCs that provide services to States and Tribes. Under the new Children's Bureau T&TA network structure, the NRCOI has responsibility for coordinating, facilitating, and evaluating onsite T&TA for States and Tribes. Approval for onsite T&TA requests is still obtained through the ACF Regional Offices. In responding to requests for onsite T&TA, the Children's Bureau NRCs and AdoptUsKids will cooperate with NRCOI as the central point-of-entry.
Other articles in Child Welfare Matters include brief descriptions of all the NRCs, an interview on the use of consultants by State child welfare agencies, and the focus of the NRCOI on quality improvement work.
This first issue of Child Welfare Matters can be accessed on the NRCOI website at http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/helpkids/rcpdfs/cwmatters1.pdf (PDF 128 KB).
The NRCOI recently released a new publication on assessment, the Training System Assessment Guide for Child Welfare Agencies. This guide is designed to provide principles and tools for a child welfare agency to use to assess the extent to which its training system contains components necessary to positively impact children's safety, well-being, and permanency. The guide includes:
- Performance principles and related indicators for effective training systems
- Case examples of successful training system practices
- Guidance on a three-step implementation process for assessment
- Training workshop materials
- A sample assessment tool
- Lessons learned by the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families during its training system assessment
- An appendix containing standards and guidelines for staff development and training programs
Editor's note: This link is no longer available.