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April 2010Vol. 11, No. 3Updates From the T&TA Network

The Children's Bureau's Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network continues to produce resources that can help States and Tribes in their work with children and families. Some recent resources are listed below:

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway has a new web section entitled How to Adopt, which includes resources for families interested in adoption:
  • The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center recently published its Spring 2010 issue of The Source, which focuses on peer mentors. Articles include:
    • "Parent Mentors in Child Welfare: A Paradigm Shift From Traditional Services"
    • "START Family Mentors: Changing the Workplace and Community Culture and Achieving Results"
    • "Harnessing the Power of Experiential Knowledge: Specialized Treatment and Recovery Services (STARS)"
    • "Using the Peer Recovery Model With Mothers of Substance-Exposed Newborns Identified Through CAPTA Requirements"
    • "In Their Own Voices: Why Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Works"
    • "The Teen Peer Academy: Providing Relevant Peer Services for HIV Positive Youth"
    • "A Supportive Approach to Supervision for Peers Living With HIV"
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) has released a Request for Applications (RFA) for doctoral dissertation research support. The QIC-EC will award funding for doctoral students conducting research on preventing child maltreatment and promoting child and family well-being in families with young children. The deadline for applications is June 9, 2010. To read the full RFA and find an online application, visit the QIC-EC website:
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System has posted its Winter 2010 issue of QIC News, which includes articles on how the Fostering Connections Act may help fathers and paternal relatives become more involved with their children:
  • The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare has published Child Welfare, Substance Use Disorders, and Dependency Courts: A Cross-System Annotated Bibliography, which is available on the website:
  • The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services is producing Citizen Connections, an online newsletter for and about State Citizen Review Panels (CRPs). The newsletter focuses on the activities, plans, and products of various States' CRPs. The newsletter can be accessed through the National CRP webpage, which also includes information on the upcoming CRP May conference:
  • The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology has posted a webpage on mapping race elements between the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) and the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) to help States track information between the two reporting systems:
  • The National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS) has added a webpage of Stories of Parent Leadership with examples of parent leaders who help support child abuse prevention:
  • The National Resource Center for In-Home Services, one of the newest NRCs, has launched its website. Visit the website to find out about the NRC's 5-year plan of activities, accomplishments to date, and the types of T&TA and expertise the NRC provides:
  • The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUsKids publishes Training and Technical Assistance E-Notes that include short articles about promising practices, tools, and the NRC's experiences with providing T&TA on recruitment and retention of resource families. Read past editions of E-Notes or sign up for a free online subscription:
  • The National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health offers a new monograph on its website, A Public Health Approach to Children's Mental Health: A Conceptual Document: