- September 2009
- Vol. 10, No. 7
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.
Five regional Implementation Centers, funded in 2008 to facilitate peer-to-peer networking across State and Tribal child welfare systems, host regional forums, and support systems change projects, have all now established websites:
Other resources from the T&TA Network include:
- Child Welfare Information Gateway has updated its factsheet on child fatalities. Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Statistics and Interventions uses statistics from Child Maltreatment 2007 to provide a national overview of child fatalities due to maltreatment.
- FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) offers a tipsheet on the proper elements of an outcome report. Writing Reports and Telling Success Stories describes how to share the results of your evaluation activities and help build greater understanding and strength for your family support and child abuse prevention services.
http://www.friendsnrc.org/joomdocs/reports.pdf (36 KB)
- The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center has published a new factsheet, Standby Guardianship, which discusses how some seriously ill parents can provide for their children's permanency through flexible standby guardianship arrangements.
http://aia.berkeley.edu/media/pdf/2009_standby_guardianship_fact_sheet.pdf (730 KB)
- The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement's recent issue of its newsletter Child Welfare Matters includes articles on promoting collaboration between child welfare and the courts, including a lead article that lists 10 strategies that agencies and courts can use to build collaboration.
http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/helpkids/rcpdfs/cwmatters9.pdf (1,454 KB)
- The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect has released new data sets on the national Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), Foster Care and Adoption Files for 2007.
- The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System published the spring issue of its quarterly newsletter, QIC News, with the theme "Engaging Non-Resident Fathers in the Court Process." The newsletter includes personal stories from fathers, as well as articles by attorneys and advocates.
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- The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services and the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues have published Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys, which is available online and in hard copy. The online version contains appendices with expanded definitions and examples of key concepts, while the hard copy includes benchcards for use by judges.
- The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology offers new tools on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD), including a user's guide and practical strategies for the NYTD Youth Outcome Survey.
- The National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) has added new and updated information packets to its website. Listed as "Hot Topics," these useful tools include comprehensive resources for child welfare professionals. Some of the new topics are Prevention, Systems of Care, Cultural Competence, and Child Welfare Administration and Supervision.
The NRCFCPPP also offers a Child and Family Services Plan checklist for Regional Offices to use as part of the plan review process.
Read about more T&TA Network resources and news in the following articles in this issue of CBX:
- Telly Award for Information Gateway
- Promising Practices in Family Engagement
- Leadership Academy Training for Supervisors and Middle Managers