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February 2009Vol. 10, No. 1Updates From the T&TA Network

The Children's Bureau T&TA Network members continue to produce exciting resources to help States and Tribes improve outcomes for children and families in their child welfare systems. Some of the latest products are highlighted here:

  • The National Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System published its first quarterly newsletter. The newsletter includes information about the work of the QIC and its first four funded pilot projects, which will focus on helping fathers become more responsible and involved with their children.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway developed the Child Welfare Workload Compendium, an online searchable database of State and local child welfare workload initiatives that provides information and tools for improving workload management. The Compendium was developed in collaboration with the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement, the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services, and the National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology. Public child welfare managers, administrators, policymakers, and others dealing with workload management can search the database by State, category, date, or keyword to find a variety of workload resources, including studies, caseload standards, legislation and policies, and reports.
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement offers teleconferences each month on current child welfare topics. Upcoming teleconferences will focus on practice in rural areas, building systems of care, agency/court collaboration, and more. Many are offered as webinars, and all are free to participants.
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues has a redesigned website that offers links to consultation, training, and technical assistance on all legal and judicial aspects of the child welfare system.
  • The Collaboration to AdoptUsKids has produced a manual on respite care as part of its Answering the Call publication series. Taking a Break: Creating Foster, Adoptive, and Kinship Respite in Your Community outlines steps for developing respite care programs and provides guidelines on funding, forms, checklists, and evaluation. (1.95 MB)
  • The FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention now offers an online learning center with continuing education and professional development opportunities for prevention professionals. The courses are accessible 24 hours a day, and many meet the accreditation standards for various organizations.