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June 2009Vol. 10, No. 5Updates From the T&TA Network

The members of the Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network 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 launched a new online resource, How Federal Legislation Impacts Child Welfare Service Delivery, which provides brief explanations of each step of the process, as well as links to resources for additional information. A dynamic flowchart helps users navigate the content.
  • The FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention's Online Learning Center offers two new courses: "Protective Factors: Strengthening Families and Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect" and "Continuous Quality Improvement." These new courses are in addition to three online trainings already offered by FRIENDS, as well as a library of other online courses that may help professionals meet standards for mandatory training.
  • The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center's latest issue of its magazine, The Source, focuses on fathers in families that are affected by substance abuse and/or HIV/AIDS. (3.18 MB)
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption is offering a video presentation that explains the requirements of the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, as amended in 1996 by the Interethnic Adoption provisions, and how those requirements are linked to title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (QIC-DR), a relatively new member of the T&TA Network, recently launched its website. The site describes the QIC's goals for the next 5 years and includes contact information and links to resources.
  • The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning now features digital storytelling on its homepage with a link to "Digital Stories From the Field." The voices and experiences of young people, child welfare workers, and supervisors illustrate critical practice issues and enhance supervisory learning circles.