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July/August 2011Vol. 12, No. 6More Updates 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 launched a new Introduction to Adoption section on its website:
    Information Gateway also recently updated its Funding Adoption General Information Packet. The packet includes three factsheets for families: Costs of Adopting, Adoption Assistance for Children Adopted From Foster Care, and Employer-Provided Adoption Benefits:
  • The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (AIA) will host a teleconference on July 13 at 10 a.m. PST on "Assessing for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in Children." To register, go to:
    [Editor's note: This link is no longer available.]
  • The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) has published Introduction to Cross-System Data Sources in Child Welfare, Alcohol and Other Drug Services, and Courts. This guide describes the primary data-reporting systems used in the child welfare, drug services, and court systems: (1,137 KB)
  • The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) has posted the first module in a new Leadership Academy for Supervisors training series called "Take the Lead," which consists of short, stand-alone modules that provide specific strategies for supervisors. The first module is on "Recruitment Strategies." To find out more and link to the free registration, go to:
  • The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) has produced its spring 2011 Updata newsletter, which lists newly archived Federal data from the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) for 2009, a list of participants for the Summer Research Institute, and more.
  • The National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS) has published the June 2011 issue of EBHV Connector, created for and by the Children's Bureau's Evidence Based Home Visitation grantees:
    Also available is the spring 2011 edition of Parents and Practitioners, a newsletter produced by the FRIENDS' Parent Advisory Council:
  • The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) has a new "hot topic" on its site. Child Welfare and Technology offers resources on new forms of technology, the use of social media, and more:
    NRCPFC also has posted an updated response to its question to State foster care managers, "What specific strategies has your State used to maximize the placement of siblings together when they enter out-of-home care?" Five States have responded: (225 KB)
  • The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) has produced a series of toolkits on youth leadership to help organizations include the young people they serve in their work:
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) offers a fee waiver to applicants who seek certification as a National Association of Counsel for Children child welfare law specialist. The deadline to apply is July 31:
  • The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) has posted audio recordings of two webinars on "Family/Parent Partners Improving Outcomes in Child Welfare":
    The TA Partnership has also produced A Guide for Father Involvement in Systems of Care: (1.21 MB)