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July/August 2009Vol. 10, No. 6Updates From the T&TA Network

The members of the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network, including the National Resource Centers (NRCs), offer a variety of new resources to help States and Tribes achieve better outcomes for children and families in their child welfare systems.

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway has posted a new web section on Ethical Practice and Client Rights, with resources on topics such as casework practice, confidentiality, research, and training.
  • FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) has posted the 2009 lead entities for allocating CBCAP program funds. Instructions for applying for funds, a list of FAQs, and other information are available.

[Editor's note: this link no longer exists] 

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) now features a redesigned website and online tutorials. The NCSACW website has a new look and feel, improved navigation, and easier access to a wide range of information on improving systems and practice for families with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare and family court systems. Effective collaboration among the child welfare, substance abuse treatment, and court systems is key to improving the outcomes of children and families affected by substance abuse. To promote cross-system partnerships, NCSACW developed three online tutorials. The tutorials describe each system's practices and procedures and provide key information to help you make better-informed decisions that will ultimately benefit families. The courses are offered free of charge. CEUs and CLEs are also available at no charge.
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement hosts a Peer Training Network, which offers a series of teleconferences for child welfare workers and trainers to discuss topics such as evaluation, training systems, organizational effectiveness, and salaries.
  • The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning recently posted two resources of interest. The spring 2009 issue of Permanency Planning Today focuses on family engagement, with articles on family visits, immigrants, the Practice Model Framework, and listening, including one article reprinted from Children's Bureau Express. (1,381 KB)
    An online map provides access to factsheets about foster care for all 50 States and the District of Columbia. Each factsheet provides State statistics on lengths of stay, reunifications, and comparisons to general populations, as well as information on becoming a foster parent.
  • The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUsKids recently announced the release of a new publication in the AdoptUsKids' Answering the Call series. Nuestra Familia, Nuestra Cultura (Our Family, Our Culture): Promoting & Supporting Latino Families in Adoption and Foster Care was designed to help agencies increase their cross-cultural understanding in serving Latino families and children. (1,772 KB)