• February 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 1

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More 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 produced a new factsheet, "Special Needs" Adoption: What Does It Mean?, which defines "special needs," presents common questions parents ask about adopting a child or youth with special needs, and provides resources with detailed answers. The factsheet covers definitions and topics such as eligibility, making the adoption decision, getting started, financial and health-care assistance, and postadoption services.
    www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/specialneeds
    Information Gateway also has launched a page of resources of information about the Fostering Connections Act:
    www.childwelfare.gov/fosteringconnections
  • FRIENDS National Resource Center has launched a new resource to help Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) State Lead Agencies and other partners in prevention share information. A State Resources section has been added to the website, offering a central place for organizing and displaying State-specific documents relevant to prevention. Resources are currently available in three categories:  Later this year, the area will be expanded to include summaries of the State annual reports and marketing materials.
    www.friendsnrc.org/state-resources
    • CBCAP Annual Reports and Applications
    • Statewide prevention plans
    • Relevant Request for Proposal documents relating to the funding of prevention programs in States
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NCROI) will offer three webinars: 
    • February 8: Collaborating with Courts to Reduce and Eliminate Disparities
    • March 15: Strategies to Support School Stability and Continuity: Part I
    • April 12: Strategies to Support School Stability and Continuity: Part 2
    For complete descriptions of these sessions and a list of presenters, go to www.nrcoi.org/tele.htm
  • The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) has posted its second issue of Children's Justice Act (CJA) E-Newsletter.
    www.nrccps.org/documents/2010/pdf/CJA_Newsletter_Fall_2010.pdf (239 KB)
  • The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) has added an organizational self-study tool to the NRCPFC Family Engagement Web-Based Practice Toolkit. The tool is for reviewing overall agency readiness and administrative policies and for identifying program strengths and challenges in engaging and working with families.
    www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/fewpt/self_study.htm
    NRCPFC also has added a Systems of Care section to its Digital Stories website:
    www.nrcpfc.org/digital_stories/_soc
    NRCPFC has posted a PowerPoint presentation, "Unpacking the 'No' of Permanency for Older Adolescents: Planning for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care to Adulthood."
    www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/youth-permanency.html#ppt
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System has issued a request for proposals for Child Representation Research and Demonstration Partners. Two awards of up to $300,000 annually for 4 years are offered. The due date for proposals is February 18, 2011.
    http://improvechildadvocacy.org/DemonstrationProjects/RequestforProposals.aspx

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