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June 2010Vol. 11, No. 5Updates 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:

    • The Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC) has posted "What Child Welfare Agencies in Regions III and IV Are Most Proud Of," a mini-poster presentation from its March forum that highlights programs from 15 members: (1,334 KB)
      The ACCWIC has also established a Learning Leaders Council to provide guidance on peer-to-peer learning, promote engagement of State and Tribal communities, and develop strategies to target the dissemination of implementation resource information. Members are listed here:

    • The Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center (MCWIC) has developed and hosts CONNECT, an Internet social networking site designed exclusively for people who work in child welfare at State, Tribal, county, and Federal levels. Additionally, the site lists other networks that are open to subscribers with specific job titles and other interested users:
      MCWIC has initiated projects in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Read full descriptions on the website:

    • The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (AIA) has posted the audio presentation and accompanying slides for two teleconferences.
      • Part I:  Prenatal Substance Exposure in Infants and Toddlers: Developmental Concerns, Parent-Child Relationship Issues, and Effective Interventions, led by Cheryl Pratt
      • Part II:  Mom Has HIV: Now What? led by Maithe Enriquez

    • The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) has initiated projects in Colorado, Massachusetts, Oregon, and South Carolina. Read full descriptions on the website:

    • The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) has posted an archived webinar on "A Discussion About Permanence for Older Adolescents," which can be accessed by registering and choosing a password. Several handouts, including a recent journal article on youth permanence, can be downloaded as well:

    • The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUsKids, in partnership with the North American Council on Adoptable Children, is offering minigrants of up to $5,000 to child welfare organizations to start respite care programs for foster parents and families. Applications are due July 1 and are available at
      The NRC also has collaborated with Rich Newman to produce a video titled "The Road to Adoption and Foster Care." It features firsthand stories from families and children. Visit the NRC's website to view the video and find other adoption promotional tools for members of the media, adoption and foster care professionals, prospective families, and concerned citizens:

  • The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health participated in a webcast with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about children and mental health. The archived webcast is available here: