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Children's Bureau ExpressJanuary/February 2017 | Vol. 17, No. 10

Table of Contents
 

Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth
Youth in and transitioning out of foster care face many challenges and need a wide range of support—in terms of resources and tools, as well as in relationships. January's CBX highlights supportive services for youth as well as resources for professionals and other caring adults to help youth in foster care and after.

  • The Impact of Social Relationships on Youth Educational Outcomes
  • Engaging Youth in Foster Care
  • January Is National Mentoring Month
  • Framework for Improving Adolescent Well-Being

News From the Children's Bureau
We highlight an episode from a series of podcasts produced by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, NCFY Voices, focusing on engaging parents in school programs to prevent teen pregnancy as well as an article about the importance of healthy marriages and stable fatherhood in the life of a child.

  • AFCARS Final Rule
  • Runaway and Homeless Youth Final Rule
  • Involving Parents in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts
  • Evaluating the Successes, Challenges of Healthy Marriage Programs
  • An Opportunity for Agencies to Improve Their Child Welfare Workforce Outcomes
  • CB Website Updates

Child Welfare Research
Read an article by the Harvard University Center on the Developing Child that looks at how emerging insights from child development science can be used to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system as well as reports covering the child health-care rates in the United States and tips on how to help youth in foster care reach college.

  • Child Development Science and Improving Child Welfare Outcomes
  • Health-Care Coverage of U.S. Children at Historic Rate
  • Helping Youth in Foster Care Attain Postsecondary Goals

Strategies and Tools for Practice
This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other instruments that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.

  • Special Initiative: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
  • Using Relationship and Marriage Education to Strengthen Families
  • Strategic Communications Guide to Engage Hispanic Communities

Resources

  • Using Data to Study Use of Early Childhood Programs by Hispanic Families
  • Helping Young Adults From Foster Care Succeed in College

Training and Conferences

  • Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking
  • Conferences

Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth

The Impact of Social Relationships on Youth Educational Outcomes

In 2014, America's Promise Alliance and its Center for Promise at Tufts University released Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation. The report outlined key messages from more than 200 youth interviewed about why they dropped out of school before graduation and what would help them return to school. In 2016, the Center released a follow-up report, Don't Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships, highlighting a study of the impact of social relationships on educational outcomes for youth.

Data for the study on social relationships and supports were collected via interviews with 102 young people during 16 group interviews, followed by 19 individual interviews. Additionally, a 96-question national survey of 2,830 young people focused on youth demographics, such as the background of their parents and their relationships with parents, family, and peers.

Four key findings are outlined in the report:

Report authors suggest further research is needed on the mental health concerns of students who have dropped out of school, the level of support they receive from the adults in their schools, the level of support they receive from their parents, and prevention and intervention strategies that will help students dealing with ALEs. In addition, the report lists recommendations for individuals, schools, and communities on how to provide the proper support to keep students in school, such as being present in the youth's life; ending zero-tolerance disciplinary practices that discourage a student from returning to school, such as suspensions and expulsions; and making sure at-risk students have access to youth workers and anchors.

Don't Quit on Me: What Young People Who Left School Say About the Power of Relationships is available at http://www.gradnation.org/sites/default/files/FullReport%20DontQuit_23mar16.pdf (4 MB).

Don't Call Them Dropouts: Understanding the Experiences of Young People Who Leave High School Before Graduation is available at http://www.gradnation.org/sites/default/files/DCTD%20Final%20Full_0.pdf (2 MB)


 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4879


Engaging Youth in Foster Care

Social media has emerged as a new tool for caseworkers and other child-serving professionals to engage youth. A recent podcast from Child Welfare Information Gateway, "Engaging Youth in Foster Care," features an interview with Sixto Cancel, youth consultant to the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States, founder and CEO of Think of Us, and foster care alumnus.

The interview focuses on the emerging use of social media, specifically Facebook, to engage youth in foster care and help them to develop a dialog with their caseworkers and other supportive adults. Using outlets like Facebook also allow caseworkers to get a youth's perspective on their lives while in the foster care system as well as provide youth with a place to connect with others in similar situations.

Cancel shares an example of this strategy in use in Bridgeport, CT. There, the Department of Children and Families uses Facebook in a safe and structured way to not only connect youth with caseworkers as Facebook friends but also as a means for child welfare professionals to relay important information, such as upcoming training or case plan meetings. In addition, this social media connection gives caseworkers, who otherwise may be dealing with heavy caseloads, the ability to stay abreast of their cases via youth status updates.

As the founder and CEO of Think of Us, Cancel discusses how his organization is leading the way in using multimedia and technology to help youth in foster care thrive as they enter adulthood. With the goal of creating an online web and mobile platform that connects young people to education and employment opportunities based on their abilities, Think of Us aspires to give youth in foster care the chance for a prosperous future.

Engaging Youth in Foster Care is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/child-welfare-podcast-engaging-youth. A PDF of the transcript is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/cw_podcast_engaging_youth_foster_care_transcript.pdf (184 KB).

Think of Us is available at http://www.thinkof-us.org.

Related Item

In May 2016, the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Labor released The Foster Care Transition Toolkit. This toolkit was designed for use by both youth who are currently in foster care and those formerly in foster care as well as by the supportive adults in their lives. The toolkit provides resources on career support, financial management, and housing to help youth transition from foster care into independent adulthood. Read more in November's Children's Bureau Express.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4880


January Is National Mentoring Month

January 2017 is the 15th annual National Mentoring Month, which is the largest campaign to promote mentoring in the United States. Each year, National Mentoring Month highlights the positive impact mentoring has on the lives of young people by raising awareness of the various forms of mentorship; recruiting potential mentors, especially to areas where there is the most need; and engaging with corporations and constituencies to garner support for mentoring programs in their area.

In honor of National Mentoring Month, MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership released the 2017 Campaign Toolkit. The toolkit includes the following:

To download the 2017 Campaign Toolkit and learn more about mentoring, visit the MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership's website available at http://www.mentoring.org/.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4881


Framework for Improving Adolescent Well-Being

From the ages of 14 to 25, young people experience tremendous growth physically, cognitively, and emotionally. For this reason, this stage of adolescence leading into early adulthood can be a time of possibility as well as a time when youth are most vulnerable to their environment and susceptible to at-risk behavior. A new policy and practice brief by the Youth Transition Funders Group (YTFG) examines what roles and to what extent youth-serving systems (i.e., education, work force, and justice systems) have in supporting the well-being of young people; offers a framework for well-being involving families, communities, funders, and policymakers; and, finally, provides recommendations on how to support our youth during this critical time in their lives.

YTFG proposes a framework centered on six domains of well-being:

The 11 recommendations for supporting these six domains follow an integrated approach involving families, individuals, and advocates, which encourage them to support and empower youth as they explore their prospects for their future. YTFG also recommends that those in the position to change policies and procedures make Federal, State, and local laws that best enable youth to build and sustain their sense of well-being.

Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice is available at http://www.ytfg.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Investing-in-Well-Being-small.pdf (2 MB).
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Spotlight on Supportive Connections for Youth
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4882


News From the Children's Bureau

AFCARS Final Rule

The Administration on Children, Youth and Families published a final rule that will improve the data collection process for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). This final rule is the first change to AFCARS since 1993 and includes the following:

The AFCARS final rule is intended to enhance the well-being, safety, and permanency of children in foster care and assist States and Tribes in their efforts to deliver more effective child welfare services.

More information on the AFCARS final rule, including an Information Memorandum, will be available soon on the Children’s Bureau website at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/laws-policies/whats-new.

You can also read a blog post about the final rule on the Administration for Children and Families' The Family Room blog at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/blog/2016/12/new-data-will-benefit-foster-children-and-adoptive-families.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4897


Runaway and Homeless Youth Final Rule

The Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), issued a final rule that reflects existing statutory requirements in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made through the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. The final rule provides program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees that will monitor grantees' achievements related to the goals of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, as well as assess the quality and effectiveness of their programs. These performance standards include additional requirements for Basic Center, Transitional Living, and Street Outreach Programs regarding nondiscrimination, background checks, outreach, and training. Specifically, grantees will be required to do the following:

The final rule also updates procedures for soliciting and awarding grants.

For more information, access the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Final Rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/20/2016-30241/runaway-and-homeless-youth.

Read ACF’s press release on the rule at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/media/press/2016/new-rule-strengthens-runaway-and-homeless-youth-programs.

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4898


Involving Parents in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts

A recent episode in a series of podcasts produced by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth called NCFY Voices focuses on how schools can better involve parents in teen pregnancy prevention efforts. The short interview features Kathleen Courtney, a program advisor with the Arkansas Department of Education. Ms. Courtney describes how empowering and educating schools—particularly wellness committees—on how to initialize engagement between parents, schools, and students is a crucial first step in gaining support for teen pregnancy prevention efforts at home.

The audio podcast and transcript for "Engaging Parents in Teen Pregnancy Prevention Efforts" are available at http://ncfy.acf.hhs.gov/media-center/podcasts/engaging-parents-teen-pregnancy-prevention-efforts.

NCFY Voices is produced by the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth, which is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4883


Evaluating the Successes, Challenges of Healthy Marriage Programs

Since 2005, the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has administered grants to provide healthy marriage (HM) and responsible fatherhood services. These grant programs work to support couples and fathers in their efforts to improve adult and parent-child relationships and build stronger families.

In an effort to learn about the challenges and successes of service implementation, the needs and experiences of participants, and the effectiveness of the services that are provided, ACF awarded a contract in 2011 to Mathematica Policy Research to conduct the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation. In October 2016, the publication Parents and Children Together: Design and Implementation of Two Healthy Marriage Programs reported on two HM grantees that participated in PACT—the Healthy Opportunities for Marriage Enrichment (HOME) program from the El Paso Center for Children in El Paso, TX, and the Supporting Healthy Relationships program from University Behavioral Associates in Bronx, NY.

In accordance with HM legislation, HM grantees are required to offer at least one of eight "allowable activities," such as premarital education or marriage and relationship skills education, which support and strengthen the relationships of participating couples. They also are encouraged to offer services related to job and career advancement and financial management. The report describes the program design and implementation of the HOME and the Supporting Healthy Relationships programs, including a focus on the job and career advancement services offered by the two grantees and present data on enrollment, initial participation, retention, and the amount of services couples received throughout the PACT enrollment period.

Other topics covered in the report include descriptions of PACT's evaluation framework, data sources, and collection methods; program workshops and other activities; strategies to recruit couples and encourage participation; and participant characteristics, attendance, and program experiences. In addition, the backgrounds, experience, training, and supervision of program staff were examined.

Some key findings of the study include:

Two appendices provide detailed profiles of the programs.

Parents and Children Together: Design and Implementation of Two Healthy Marriage Programs, by Heather Zaveri and Scott Baumgartner, is available at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/opre/resource/parents-and-children-together-design-implementation-two-healthy-marriage-programs.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4884


An Opportunity for Agencies to Improve Their Child Welfare Workforce Outcomes

Are you interested in strengthening your child welfare workforce? Challenges in staff recruitment, hiring, and retention are common in the field of child welfare. Issues such as staff turnover can be costly. They can also negatively impact the relationship between families and the agency. The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) believes that an investment in your child welfare workforce is an investment in the children and families you serve.

The QIC-WD is a new 5-year cooperative agreement funded by the Children’s Bureau and led by the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in partnership with experts from the University of Colorado, Denver; the University of Louisville; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; C.F. Parry Associates; CLH Strategies & Solutions; and Great Eastern Consulting. The QIC-WD is dedicated to understanding how to improve child welfare workforce outcomes by using research to build knowledge in the field. Experts in workforce, evaluation, and implementation will work with 5 to 10 selected sites. In partnership with agency leadership, the QIC-WD will work with sites to develop and test promising workforce interventions and apply best practices. This process will build the evidence for what works in child welfare workforce improvement.

The QIC-WD is currently seeking agencies that care about improving staff recruitment, retention, and agency culture and climate. County, State, and Tribal child welfare organizations with title IV-B funding can apply to be a site. Selected agencies will:

By strengthening the workforce, project sites aim to improve outcomes for the children and families they serve.

The QIC-WD team includes a variety of experts who care deeply about improving the child welfare workforce. The team will use a systematic process when working with sites. This process begins with developing a thorough understanding of a site's specific workforce needs. It includes selecting and implementing strategies that can address these needs. The process also prepares the sites for an evaluation. Site-specific and cross-site evaluations are part of the project. Participating sites will have access to experts and resources to help cover project-related expenses.

If you are interested in a systematic approach to understanding and improving your workforce, consider applying to be a site. The application process is open through February 15, 2017. Qualified applicants will be selected in cooperation with the Children's Bureau and notified by July 2017. Visit www.qic-wd.org to review and download the Call for Applications, the Application Cover Sheet and Narrative Template, and view a webinar. Contact Michelle Graef, QIC-WD Project Director, with any additional questions.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4896


CB Website Updates

The Children's Bureau website carries information on child welfare programs, funding, monitoring, training and technical assistance, laws, statistics, research, Federal reporting, and much more.

Recent additions to the site include:

Visit the Children's Bureau website often to see what's new at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4895


Child Welfare Research

Child Development Science and Improving Child Welfare Outcomes

A new paper by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University looks at how emerging insights from child development science can be used to improve outcomes for children and families in the child welfare system. The paper specifically focuses on strengthening parents' and caregivers' nurturing capabilities.

Child development science emphasizes the importance of cultivating consistent and nurturing relationships early in a child's life to build a safe and secure foundation for future development, finding that when these connections are absent, the child suffers negative consequences and is vulnerable to toxic stress. Early adverse childhood experiences have been associated with a host of debilitating emotional and behavioral health problems later in life. The Center on the Developing Child suggests that a greater understanding of this science by caseworkers, judges, court staff, birth parents, kinship caregivers, and foster parents can help reduce the shame and stigma experienced by many families in the child welfare system by viewing negative behaviors as a product of toxic stress.

With a primary focus on improving parental and caregiver capabilities, the October 2016 paper, Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems, identifies three major opportunities for drawing on child development knowledge to improve child welfare outcomes:

The paper emphasizes the importance of addressing the needs of infants and young children, including access to medical care and developmental screenings.

Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems is available at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/child-welfare-systems/.

 

Related Item

The Center on the Developing Child and the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child developed the video Serve and Return Interaction Shapes Brain Circuitry, which explores how the interaction between children and significant adults in their lives helps shape children's developing brains. Access the video, part of a series on Three Core Concepts in Early Development, at http://developingchild.harvard.edu/resources/serve-return-interaction-shapes-brain-circuitry/.

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4892


Health-Care Coverage of U.S. Children at Historic Rate

The number of children with health insurance coverage in the United States reached a historic rate of 95.2 percent in 2015, according to the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute's Center for Children and Families (CCF). The key findings of the CCF October 2016 report include the following:

The report, Children's Health Coverage Rate Now at Historic High of 95 Percent, can be accessed at http://ccf.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Kids-ACS-update-11-02-1.pdf (624 KB).
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4893


Helping Youth in Foster Care Attain Postsecondary Goals

New recommendations from the Educational Commission of the States (ECS) outline how State policymakers can more intentionally help youth currently or formerly in foster care attain postsecondary educational goals. In an October 2016 policy paper, Strengthening Policies for Foster Youth Postsecondary Attainment, ECS recommends States make better use of existing supports to implement policies that will boost postsecondary attainment for youth in foster care. ECS recommendations include the following:

Current statistics show that less than 3 percent of youth in foster care will obtain a bachelor's degree and only 46 percent will receive a high school diploma.

ECS operates as an interstate compact representing all 50 States and four territories to exchange information, ideas, and emerging research in the field of educational policy, including early learning, postsecondary education, and workforce readiness. Each State appoints seven commissioners, including elected officials (Governors, State senators, or Representatives) and appointees.

Strengthening Policies for Foster Youth Postsecondary Attainment is available at http://www.ecs.org/strengthening-policies-for-foster-youth-postsecondary-attainment/.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4894


Strategies and Tools for Practice

Special Initiative: National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The National Human Trafficking Hotline defines trafficking as a crime that "occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud, or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will." While there is no single profile for trafficking victims—men and women of all ages, races, and socioeconomic status have been found as victims of trafficking in all 50 States—children and youth who have run away or are in out-of-home care have a particularly high risk of being trafficked. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children found that 1 in 5 of the 11,800 reported runaways were probable sex-trafficking victims. That ratio is up from both 2013 and 2014. Additionally, the Center found that 74 percent of these probable victims were in the care of social services.

Children and youth who are trafficked may experience complex trauma that affects them in many ways—from mental health issues, such has having trouble building trusting relationships, to physical ones such as untreated injuries or addiction. Child welfare professionals may find the resources listed below useful in learning about how to best serve these children and youth.

Webpages:

Publications and more:


 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4887


Using Relationship and Marriage Education to Strengthen Families

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) developed its Strengthening Families framework to increase family stability, enhance child development, and reduce child maltreatment. A recent CSSP brief describes how relationship and marriage education supports the goals of Strengthening Families. Enhancing how couples function can benefit their parenting, which in turn can improve child outcomes. The brief outlines the seven core principles of the National Extension Relationship and Marriage Education Model that promote healthy relationships. Examples of the principles include caring for self, social connections, and conflict management. Additionally, the brief lists ways organizations serving children and families can incorporate relationship and marriage education into their existing programs.

The brief, Making the Link Between Strengthening Families and Relationship and Marriage Education, is available at http://www.cssp.org/reform/strengtheningfamilies/practice/body/CSSP-RME-Link.pdf (1,462 KB).

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4886


Strategic Communications Guide to Engage Hispanic Communities

The Child Trends Hispanic Institute and the Crimsonbridge Foundation has collaboratively developed a communications guide called Reaching and Engaging With Hispanic Communities: A Research-Informed Communication Guide for Nonprofits, Policymakers, and Funders. The purpose of this tool is to equip and assist nonprofits and human services professionals to effectively reach out to Hispanic/Latino communities, particularly low-income Hispanic families, in order to enhance service delivery systems and cost-effective measures that would save time for both clients and providers.

Information in the guide is based on reviews of available research, focus groups comprising Hispanic/Latino parents, and interviews with representatives from organizations serving the Hispanic/Latino community. This guide emphasizes the importance of building communication strategies that are culturally relevant and sensitive to how Hispanic/Latino communities prefer to get information, as well as their access to technology. The main focus of this guide is the development of the research-informed communication framework that would craft a message that inspires individuals to take initiative in utilizing resources to meet their needs. Key components of the communication framework include:

In addition, the guide lists 16 recommendations of best practices used by service providers, such as partnering with respected community leaders and engaging in direct person-to-person contact as often as possible. 

Access Reaching and Engaging With Hispanic Communities: A Research-Informed Communication Guide for Nonprofits, Policymakers, and Funders at http://www.childtrends.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/2016-51LatinoCommunicationsGuide.pdf (3,186 KB)
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4885


Resources

Using Data to Study Use of Early Childhood Programs by Hispanic Families

A webinar hosted by the Research Connections and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families focused on accessing the quality, research-based information on the characteristics, experiences, and diversity of Hispanic children and families that can inform programs and policies that support better utilization of early care and education (ECE) services. The webinar was intended to help researchers learn about several new ECE data resources.

Approximately one in four children in the United States is Hispanic, and that number is expected to rise to one in three by 2050. With nearly two-thirds of Hispanic children living in low-income households and one-third living in poverty, it is clear that many of these children are in economic need. Yet, data show that Hispanics, particularly those in immigrant families, are less likely than any other racial/ethnic group to participate in government support programs.

Although Hispanic enrollment in ECE programs has increased significantly over the past decade (from 39 percent in 2007 to 52 percent in 2012), particularly for preschool-aged children, studies show that fewer Hispanic children participate in ECE than children from any other minority group. Webinar presenters discussed the necessity and value of ECE for low-income Hispanic families, introduced four ECE data briefs, and described the data sets that were included. The issue briefs discuss the use of large-scale data to study ECE participation among Hispanics for these specific topics:

A description of the presentation and links to the webinar, "Finding and Exploring Existing Large-Scale Data to Study Early Care and Education Among Hispanics," and the issue briefs can be found on the Research Connections website available at http://www.researchconnections.org/childcare/resources/32670.
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4888


Helping Young Adults From Foster Care Succeed in College

The lack of stability that many youth in foster care experience, either from changing schools or foster homes, can have significant implications for their transitions to adulthood and for pursuing higher education. While many youth anticipate college as an opportunity to establish community, several stressors unique to college environments may exacerbate their feelings of instability and isolation. Helping Young Adults From Foster Care Succeed in College, a new resource produced by the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures, provides tips for educators to effectively help youth in foster care transition to college.

This resource outlines various experiences that may affect the higher educational achievement of youth in care, in addition to tips for educators to help youth transition successfully. 

Tips include the following:

Access Helping Young Adults From Foster Care Succeed in College at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/pdf/proj-1-FUTURES-helping-young-adults-from-foster-care.pdf (1,039 KB).
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4889


Training and Conferences

Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking

The Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States offers an online training titled Child Welfare Response to Child and Youth Sex Trafficking. The two-part course is intended for local-level, State, territory, and Tribal child welfare professionals to integrate the course curriculum in their training programs on child and youth sex-trafficking victims. Part one includes four training modules tailored to each of the following professionals: caseworkers, supervisors, administrators and managers, and caregivers. Each module includes a trainer's guide, a video series, PowerPoint presentation, and digital stories from the perspectives of survivors and professionals. Part two includes three modules that focus on intake/investigation workers, ongoing workers, and caregivers. Each module features skill-building activities and accompanying videos.

While the training course is available free of charge, in order to gain access to the page, users must first create a login ID and password. To download part one of the training course or each module individually, visit https://learn.childwelfare.gov/content/child-welfare-response-child-and-youth-sex-trafficking. To download part two or each module individually, visit https://learn.childwelfare.gov/content/child-welfare-response-child-and-youth-sex-trafficking-part-2. 
 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4890


Conferences

Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through March 2017 include:

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

 Further details about national and regional child welfare and adoption conferences can be found through the Conference Calendar Search feature on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/calendar/.


 

Issue Date: January/February 2017
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=183&articleid=4891



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