• October 2010
  • Vol. 11, No. 8

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Updates From the T&TA Network

The Children's Bureau 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 added a new list of Related Organizations to its website. Accreditation and Standard-Setting includes national organizations that provide agency/member accreditation and/or standard-setting for child welfare-related services.
    www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reslist/rl_dsp.cfm?svcID=164&rate_chno=W-00024
    Information Gateway also has updated one of its general information packets on adoption. Getting Started: Adoption includes factsheets on Adoption: Where Do I Start?, Adoption Options, and The Home Study Process.
    www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/adoption_gip_one.cfm
  • The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) has published two papers of interest to child welfare practitioners:
    • Substance Abuse Specialists in Child Welfare Agencies and Dependency Courts: Considerations for Program Designers and Evaluators focuses on the value of co-locating substance abuse specialists in child welfare offices and dependency courts.
      www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/SubstanceAbuseSpecialists.pdf (1.47 MB)
    • Drug Testing in Child Welfare: Practice and Policy Considerations aims to guide child welfare agency policymakers in developing practice and policy protocols for the use of drug testing in child welfare practice.
      www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/DrugTestinginChildWelfare.pdf (904 KB)
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement's (NRCOI's) Peer Training Network recently was asked several questions about partnerships between schools of social work and social services departments that allow agency employees to earn clinical hours to apply to their L.C.S.W. degrees. Answers for these and other questions are posted.
    www.nrcoi.org/trainingnetwork.htm
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI) has posted on its homepage a PowerPoint presentation from July 2010, prepared for the Children's Bureau T&TA Network, that gives an overview of the NRCLJI.
    www.abanet.org/child/rclji/rclji_webinar_july_8_2010.ppt
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services has published Differential Response Approach in Child Protective Services: An Analysis of State Legislative Provisions, which looks at differential response legislation in 14 States.
    www.differentialresponseqic.org/assets/docs/differential-response.pdf (462 KB)
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (QIC NRF) has produced a practice brief, Engaging Nonresident Fathers in Child Welfare Cases: A Guide for Court Appointed Special Advocates, to help court-appointed special advocate (CASA) volunteers locate fathers of children who enter the child welfare system, assess the fathers' capacities as resources for their children, and involve paternal relatives in case planning.
    www.fatherhoodqic.org/casa_brief.pdf (574 KB)
  • The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRCCWDT) offers a Groupsite mail list that provides individuals with a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, photo gallery, file storage, and more. Recent threads have discussed handheld computers for frontline caseworkers, geographic information systems for child welfare workers, and more. Register at:
    http://nrccwdt.groupsite.com/main/summary
    NRCCWDT and the National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) have created the National Youth in Transition (NYTD) Technical Assistance Overview website, which provides links to materials and documents that can be used to track and assess Independent Living programs. It also has available a Community of Practice, a peer-to-peer information sharing site, and several technical assistance briefs.
    www.nrccwdt.org/resources/nytd/nytd_home.html
  • The National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (FRIENDS) redesigned its website and now features easy-to-find information, enhanced search capabilities, and a new logo.
    www.friendsnrc.org
  • The National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) has online descriptions of its mission, goals, partners, principles, and values. A six-page summary and a PowerPoint presentation are available on the website:
    www.nrc4tribes.org/downloads

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