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Dec/Jan 2010Vol. 10, No. 10Updates 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:

  • Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center recently posted Round 1 Implementation Projects for six States (Florida, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia).
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway recently launched RSS feeds for several popular news features, including Child Welfare in the News, Children's Bureau Express, and E-lert! To subscribe to the RSS feeds and receive updates on a regular basis, visit:

    Information Gateway recently won Bronze Awards from the Television, Internet & Video Association of Washington (TIVA), DC, for its Child Abuse Prevention Resources promo and its What Is Information Gateway? video. Information Gateway was the only recipient of awards in the categories for Commercial/PSA (Internet only) and Public Relations/Marketing (Internet only). The TIVA Peer Awards honor professionals of the metropolitan area media community who have demonstrated excellence in their work as judged by their peers. Both videos are available on the website:
  • Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center posted information on Implementation Projects that have been approved by the Children's Bureau for Indiana and Iowa.
  • National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center has posted a webcast available for viewing: "Collaborative Approaches to Identifying and Serving Substance Exposed Newborns: Lessons Learned from Four Demonstration Projects." In the video, representatives of four demonstration projects discuss their strategies for developing policies and procedures to meet the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act mandates related to substance-exposed newborns.
  • National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare has published Substance-Exposed Infants: State Responses to the Problems, which reports on States' policies regarding prenatal exposure to alcohol and other drugs from the broadest perspective of prevention, intervention, identification, and treatment of prenatal substance exposure, including immediate and ongoing services for the infant, the mother, and the family. (1.5 MB)
  • National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect is accepting applications for its 2010 Summer Research Institute. Researchers in child maltreatment are invited to apply for a session in secondary data analysis at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, from June 14 to 18. The deadline for applications is January 29, 2010.
  • National Quality Improvement Center (QIC) on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System has launched its website. The newly funded QIC will focus on improvements in the legal representation of children, including the promotion of certification for attorneys with this specialty.
    • National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) has added more resources to its Hot Topics webpage, including Adoption, Fatherhood, Children of Incarcerated Parents, and LGBTQ Issues & Child Welfare. The NRC has also updated its Statistics webpage with the latest national foster care and adoption statistics from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS).

      NRCPFC hosted two live teleconferences recently for State program managers in foster care and adoption, and they are now available online:
      • "A Family-Centered Approach for Youth in Juvenile Justice/Child Welfare"
      • "The Child Welfare Workforce: Issues and Strategies for Recruitment, Selection, and Retention"
      Users are invited to download the audio, as well as handouts that include agendas, presenters' contact information, bibliographies, and resources on each topic.

  • Northeast and Caribbean Child Welfare Implementation Center has posted four States' Intensive Implementation Project plans (Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey).
  • Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health publishes an online newsletter that includes child and family mental health news, research, and events.
  • Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center currently lists one site with an approved Implementation Project (Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska) and two sites selected for planning Implementation Projects (Los Angeles and the Navajo Nation) :