• Dec 2011/Jan 2012
  • Vol. 12, No. 9

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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:

  • The Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center (ACCWIC) posted "Facing Reality: What It Takes to Implement Systems Change," the video for the first webinar in a series of webinars highlighting lessons learned from implementation efforts throughout the country.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway completed a new searchable database, State Guides and Manuals. Consisting of materials generated by States and counties,  the database is organized under topics and audiences and offers multiple ways to access, filter, sort, and amass information from original documents.
  • The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (AIA) produced a research-to-practice brief, Service Engagement and Retention for Women With Substance Use Disorders, which addresses the needs of pregnant and parenting women with substance abuse issues and the needs of practitioners who work with these families.
    http://aia.berkeley.edu/media/pdf/brief_engagement.pdf (1.03 MB)
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) compiled information on current approaches in 33 States to train and support child welfare supervisors and made that information available online. NRCOI also can create customized summaries  to fit specific supervision needs.
  • The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) will present the second in a series of webinars on recruitment. "Competency-Based Recruitment, Screening, and Selection: Strengthening Workforce Capacity, Retention, and Organizational Resiliency" is scheduled for December 14, 2011. Register here:
  • The National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) is accepting applications for its 2012 Summer Research Institute. The deadline for applications is January 30, 2012.
  • The National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRC In-Home) posted the first of three webcasts on services for pregnant and parenting youth, "Policies for Pregnant and Parenting Teens In or Exiting Substitute Care." Cohosts for the meeting included T&TA Network members from the National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention and National Resource Center for Youth Development. 
  • The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) posted the webcast "Parenting Older Adolescents." NRCPFC Executive Director Gerald Mallon spoke with Mary Keane, a New York State foster and adoptive parent, and Aileen Rosario, one of Keane's daughters.
    NRCPFC produced a toolkit for programs, States, and Tribes that expands on several aspects of kinship care practices affected by the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.
  • The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents (AdoptUSKids) redesigned its website. Multicolored headings provide easy navigation, and nearly every subject page has a topical video. The section for adoption professionals offers several new tip sheets and other free resources for recruiting and retention, free consulting services to public child welfare agencies, instructions for using the AdoptUSKids photolistings, and a link to the clever new public service announcements.  
  • The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) published its newsletter, eUpdate, which includes articles about financial education and the first National Youth in Transition Database technical assistance meeting.  
  • The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (the Center) will host a webinar December 15, 2011, "Linking Primary Care and Systems of Care: Innovation at the State and Community Levels to Support the Social and Emotional Well Being of All Children." Register online:
  • The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership)  posted its latest newsletter featuring the article "Engaging Families One at a Time Builds a Strong, Family-Driven System in Delaware" and other articles about innovative and promising activities in system of care communities.
    TA Partnership also announced the publication of a paper on ethnic and racial perspectives on family-driven care, Closing the Gap: Cultural Perspectives on Family-Driven Care.

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