Children's Bureau Express05 2005 | Vol. 6, No. 4

Table of Contents
 

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

  • May Is National Foster Care Month
  • National Foster Care Month: "Change a Lifetime"
  • Understanding and Preventing Foster Care Runaways
  • Improving the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care
  • Relational Therapy With Very Young Children in Foster Care

News From the Children's Bureau

  • ACF Launches Spanish-Language Adoption Recruitment Campaign
  • HHS Adoption Public Service Advertising Campaign Wins Addy Awards
  • Strengthening the Triangle of Support for Children in Out-of-Home Placements

Child Welfare Research

  • Child Welfare Workforce Survey Reveals Continuing Concerns, Creative Strategies
  • Few Differences Found Among Ethnic Groups' Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse

Strategies and Tools for Practice

  • Toolkit for Parents on Early Development
  • When Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Co-Occur

Resources

  • Child Abuse and Culture
  • Health Care Practice Standards for Children in Foster Care
  • Special Issue: Decision-Making in Child Welfare
  • Helping Children in the Child Welfare System Heal from Trauma
  • Adopte1.org
  • Webcast: Surgeon General's Workshop on Child Maltreatment
  • Governance Self-Assessment
  • National Association of Youth Service Consultants
  • Grants.gov "Spread the Word" Webcast
  • Online Fundraising Courses from Groundspring.org

Training and Conferences

  • Strategies for Engaging Fathers
  • Online Courses Offer Support for Adoptive Parents
  • Addressing Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities
  • Conferences

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

May Is National Foster Care Month

Every year, about 170,000 families care for more than one-half million children whose parents cannot take care of them. Every jurisdiction in the country has experienced a shortage of foster homes, and estimates of the number of homes needed range into the millions. May, National Foster Care Month, provides an opportunity for people across the nation to show their appreciation for the dedication of foster families and workers. It is also an opportunity to get more people involved as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers, or in other ways.

This year, the National Foster Care Month partnership has developed new materials to support the largest Foster Care Month effort ever. The National Foster Parent Association is promoting a nationwide ribbon campaign to heighten public awareness of the need for foster parents and how people can help make a difference in the lives of foster children and youth. These campaigns will display a ribbon for every child in foster care in participating States or communities. For more information about the ribbon campaign, contact your local foster parent association or go to http://nfpainc.org.

A toolkit with Foster Care Month information and graphics also is available. Contents include facts about foster care, ideas for Foster Care Month events, and materials for working with foster parents, educators, the media, local businesses, and policy makers. Find the toolkit online at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/.

National Foster Care Month is a joint effort of Casey Family Programs and the National Resource Center for Foster Care and Permanency Planning at the Hunter College School of Social Work, in conjunction with Annie E. Casey Foundation; Casey Family Services; Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Child Welfare League of America; Connect for Kids; APHSA/National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators; National Association of Social Workers; National CASA; National Foster Care Coalition; and the National Foster Parent Association.

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National Foster Care Month: "Change a Lifetime"

May is National Foster Care Month, an opportunity to focus attention on addressing the needs of this country's 523,000 children and youth living in foster care. Casey Family Programs is once again leading this effort, in partnership with 13 national organizations including the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and its National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning. The focus of the partnership is to call all Americans to take action on behalf of the children and youth in foster care in their own communities, in May and throughout the year.

The National Foster Care Month website offers useful tools for any individual or organization wishing to get involved. Resources include:

Foster Care Month originated in 1988 when the National Foster Parent Association persuaded Senator Strom Thurmond to introduce a resolution to proclaim May as National Foster Care Month. Early efforts focused on appreciation and recognition of foster parents; in the 1990s, Foster Care Month focused on youth in transition. The campaign continues to grow. Last year 41 States and territories reported having Foster Care Month proclamations from their Governors.

For more information, visit the website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/.

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Understanding and Preventing Foster Care Runaways

Running away from out-of-home care exposes youth to grave risks and prevents them from receiving needed educational and treatment services. Chapin Hall has recently conducted the largest study to date of youth who run away from out-of-home care, in an effort to understand the trends, demographics, and reasons behind this phenomenon. This information, presented in an issue brief titled "Youth Who Run Away From Out-of-Home Care," may help child welfare agencies prevent children from running away and better protect youth.

The research included analysis of government data on more than 14,000 youths who ran away from out-of-home care in Illinois between 1993 and 2003, as well as individual interviews with 42 youth who had recently run away and then returned to care. Foster parents and child welfare professionals were also interviewed.

Key findings about the youth who ran away include:

Researchers also collected data on trends in running away over time, what happened to youth when they ran away, and reasons why youth ran away. These analyses lead to a number of implications for child welfare practice. In general, the authors suggest that viewing running away as a coping behavior may help agencies begin to devise prevention strategies. Some of their specific suggestions for how child welfare agencies can address runaways include:

The abstract of the issue brief, "Youth Who Run Away From Out-of-Home Care," is available on the Chapin Hall website at www.chapinhall.org/research/brief/youth-who-run-away-out-home-care. Users may access the full-text article through a free registration process.

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Improving the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care

Children in foster care are at increased risk for poor outcomes and need high quality programs to ensure their physical and emotional well-being. A recent issue brief from Voices for America's Children highlights these critical needs and provides information about some promising approaches in States and communities.

Strategies discussed in the brief include:

(Editor's note: The link for this article is no longer available.)

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Relational Therapy With Very Young Children in Foster Care

Infants and toddlers in foster care and their birth parents have special treatment needs if family reunification is to be a viable goal. Families in Transition (FIT), a Michigan research program, addresses these needs by using relational therapy to treat birth parents and their young children together during family visitation. Through this process, the therapist guides the parent in nurturing the child appropriately, so that the child can begin to associate positive experiences with the parent.

Families referred to the FIT program by their supervising agency and the court are offered extra sessions of family visitation each week at the therapist's office. Typically, they receive two sessions per week for the first 3 months after their referral. Therapy may continue for 6 months to a year, depending on the supervising agency and the court. Each therapy session may involve a short lesson for the parents in appropriate child interaction, as well as the application of contemporary infant mental health psychotherapeutic techniques. Parents are coached as they interact with their children, and the therapist asks questions to help the parents explore their own expectations or their own experiences of maltreatment.

The relational therapy can help the parent-child relationship by:

Of 24 families referred to the program, the children were returned to their biological parents in 21 cases. Agency caseworkers involved with these cases noted substantial beneficial relational changes. They also felt more comfortable in their recommendations to the court regarding the final disposition of the children.

The authors of the FIT program, R. E. Lee and A. M. Stack, report on the program in an article titled "In Whose Arms? Using Relational Therapy in Supervised Family Visitation with Very Young Children in Foster Care" in Volume 15(4) of the Journal of Family Psychotherapy. Copies are available from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J085v15n04_01?journalCode=wjfp20#.

Related Items

Children's Bureau Express explored the topic of infants in foster care in previous issues, including:

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News From the Children's Bureau

ACF Launches Spanish-Language Adoption Recruitment Campaign

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF), in partnership with the Adoption Exchange Association, the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids, and the Advertising Council, launched the first national Spanish-language adoption recruitment campaign on Wednesday, April 20, 2005. The campaign is designed to increase public awareness among Latino families about adoption and to encourage prospective parents to adopt children from foster care. The launch included radio interviews and media releases to television and radio stations across the country.

The Spanish-language public service announcements (PSAs) address specific barriers that prevent many families from considering adoption. For example, the campaign highlights that information is available in Spanish, and the adoption process is not as difficult as many perceive it to be. The emotionally moving spots show Hispanic children in everyday activities, such as playing soccer or combing their hair, while having conversations with an imaginary parent. The PSAs encourage prospective parents to call 1-877-ADOPTE1 (1-877-236-7831) or visit www.adopte1.org for additional information in Spanish. (Editor's note: The link to www.adopte1.org is no longer active. To view AdoptUSKids' Spanish resources, visit http://www.adoptuskids.org/para-familias.)

A significant number of Hispanic children in the U.S. foster care system are in need of finding a permanent, loving home. Of the 523,000 children are in foster care, about 91,000 are Hispanic. However, not all of these children are eligible for adoption; of the 118,000 children who are eligible for adoption, about 16,000 are Hispanic.

For more information in Spanish about this campaign or about becoming a parent to a child from foster care, visit http://www.adoptuskids.org/para-familias. For more information about the Ad Council, go to www.adcouncil.org.

Related Items

HHS's English-language adoption recruitment campaign was recently honored by the American Advertising Federation. Read "HHS Adoption Public Service Advertising Campaign Wins Addy Awards" in this issue.

Read more about www.adopte1.org in the Resources section in this issue.

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HHS Adoption Public Service Advertising Campaign Wins Addy Awards

The HHS adoption recruitment campaign launched in June 2004 to promote adoption of children from foster care was honored by the American Advertising Federation in early April. The PSA campaign, a partnership of the Advertising Council, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families, the Adoption Exchange Association, and the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids, won four Gold ADDY awards, including best public service TV campaign.

Introduced nationally in July 2004, the multimedia campaign was created pro bono by kirshenbaum bond + partners and includes television, radio, print, and internet PSAs. The campaign issues a national call to action for parents to adopt children from foster care by offering important, accurate information about the foster care system and the adoption process. It also aims to significantly increase awareness of the need to provide loving, permanent homes for children in the foster care system, as well as to communicate to prospective parents that they do not have to be perfect to be a parent.

"We are tremendously excited that the American Advertising Federation has given this campaign a prestigious award," said Wade F. Horn, Ph.D., HHS's assistant secretary for children and families. "Not only is this campaign creative, but it's working. To date, more than 4,500 children pictured on the adoptuskids.org website have found permanent homes. This wonderful outcome is a testament both to the power of creative advertising and the good hearts of families all over America."

The ADDY Awards are the advertising industry's largest, most representative and arguably toughest competition, recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising.

Read the full press release announcing the award at http://archive.acf.hhs.gov/news/press/2005/ADDYs_press_release.htm.

Related Item

ACF recently released a similar adoption recruitment campaign in Spanish. Learn more in "ACF Launches Spanish-Language Adoption Recruitment Campaign" in this issue.

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Strengthening the Triangle of Support for Children in Out-of-Home Placements

Relationships among birth families, resource families, and child welfare workers can be challenging. Yet if child permanency outcomes are to be improved, child-serving agencies must find ways to help these groups work together effectively. In a recent paper published by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP), consultant L. L. Lutz discusses common challenges and promising strategies in enhancing relationships among these groups at every stage of the out-of-home placement process, from recruiting resource families to making permanency decisions.

The lessons learned discussed in the paper arose from "facilitated dialogues" conducted in a number of States by the NRCFCPPP. Facilitated dialogues are a model of technical assistance designed to address the tensions, role confusion, and communication problems among birth families, resource families, and child welfare workers. Each facilitated dialogue begins with a presentation on the complexities of these relationships and is followed by a discussion of a specific case study. Social workers, resource parents, and birth parents all provide input to the discussion of the case study, and issues are identified that affect child stability. Once the problems are identified, organizational leaders commit to finding solutions.

This paper, Relationship Between Public Child Welfare Workers, Resource Families and Birth Families: Preventing the Triangulation of the Triangle of Support, is available on the NRCFCPPP website at www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/triangle_of_support.pdf (PDF 689 KB).

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Child Welfare Research

Child Welfare Workforce Survey Reveals Continuing Concerns, Creative Strategies

A recent survey found State child welfare agencies continue to be plagued by workforce issues that include high turnover, low compensation, demanding workloads, and limited resources. Despite these shortcomings, many State agencies have begun to implement creative recruitment and retention strategies, as well as to focus on strategies that address preventable turnover.

The survey was conducted in the summer of 2004 by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), Fostering Results, and the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research, with funding from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Surveys, which focused on case-carrying child welfare workers, were completed by child welfare administrators in 42 States. Administrators provided information on salaries, education, training, caseloads, hiring, turnover, recruitment, and retention.

Many of the findings could be compared with those from a similar survey conducted in 2000. Results show:

The survey also asked about strategies that administrators used to recruit new child welfare workers. The three most effective strategies were:

In addition, administrators rated strategies for retaining workers. According to the survey results, the five most effective were:

The full Report From the 2004 Child Welfare Workforce Survey is available on the APHSA website at www.aphsa.org/Home/Doc/Workforce%20Report%202005.pdf (Editor's note: Link no longer active).

Related Items

A recent article in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment found that exposure to public child welfare agencies increased masters of social work (M.S.W.) students' interest in pursuing careers with those agencies. This was found to be a more significant predictive influence on students' decisions than a number of sociodemographic factors, including gender, age, and socioeconomic background. The findings are based on survey data from 5,793 students in accredited M.S.W. programs in California between 1992 and 1998. The study is titled "Factors Influencing M.S.W. Students' Interest in Public Child Welfare," by researcher R. Perry, and it can be accessed at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1300/J137v10n02_01#.

Read more about the child welfare workforce in previous issues of Children's Bureau Express:

 

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Few Differences Found Among Ethnic Groups' Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse

Hispanic Americans, African-Americans, and White Americans generally agree about what constitutes child sexual abuse and the circumstances under which it should be reported, according to a recent study. Researchers who investigated whether the three largest ethnic populations in the United States would agree on the definitions found differences only at the lowest levels of severity. In those cases, Hispanic Americans and African-Americans were more likely to recognize or report child sexual abuse than were White Americans.

Researchers surveyed 179 adults enrolled in college classes to determine their responses to the Child Sexual Abuse Evaluation questionnaire, as well as a demographic questionnaire. The sexual abuse questionnaire included vignettes designed to represent different levels of abuse severity and different legal categories of abuse as defined by State (Indiana) law. While ethnicity emerged as a variable for one vignette involving less severe abuse, the only other variable that attained significance was gender. Results indicated that females may be more likely than males to interpret inappropriate sexual behaviors by males as wrong, criminal, or reportable, especially in cases in which there is a small age difference between the male perpetrator and the female victim.

Based on their results, the authors of this study suggest that clinicians who work with child victims of sexual abuse can generally assume that clients of different ethnic groups perceive and respond to child sexual abuse similarly, from both a moral and a legal stance. Clinical implications of this study are explored, as are research implications.

The study is described in a recent article, "Do American Ethnic Cultures Differ in Their Definitions of Child Sexual Abuse?" by W. Lowe, Jr., T. W. Pavkov, G. M. Casanova, and J. L. Wetchler. The article was published in the February 2005 issue of the American Journal of Family Therapy and is available for a fee at www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/uaft/2005/00000033/00000002/art00004.

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Strategies and Tools for Practice

Toolkit for Parents on Early Development

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities have produced a toolkit to help parents learn about the milestones in their children's growth, from birth to age 5 years, as well as developmental delays and other disabilities. The "Learn the Signs. Act Early" campaign and toolkit are designed to help parents recognize any delays so that their children can be screened and receive early treatment, if necessary.

Available in both English and Spanish, the toolkit includes an informational card on developmental milestones, a growth chart, and a series of factsheets on milestones and developmental and behavioral delays. These materials can be downloaded from the website or ordered in bulk. In addition, the "Learn the Signs. Act Early" website has an interactive tool for parents and information for health providers on becoming involved with the campaign. Visit the site at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html.

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When Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Co-Occur

When families experience child maltreatment and domestic violence, child welfare agencies, domestic violence service providers, and dependency courts typically respond to individual victims in isolation. The Greenbook initiative, however, provides communities with guidelines and recommendations that focus on collaboration among these three entities to address these problems in a systemic way.

Federal funding was provided to six communities to implement the Greenbook recommendations. Now at the halfway point of the 5-year funding cycle, the Greenbook National Evaluation Team has published an interim report on the demonstration initiative. The participating communities have identified activities that both promote collaboration among agencies and treat the entire family, not just individual victims. These include:

Interim results showed that systems changes were occurring in several areas. For instance, child welfare agencies were beginning to implement new screening procedures that allowed them to screen for domestic violence. To further their advocacy efforts, some communities had begun to work on changing State-level policies. Overall, staff at all levels reported that the changes had raised community awareness about child maltreatment and domestic violence, and staff were beginning to think about their cases in the context of all family members and all family strengths and needs.

The next phase of the project will focus on quantitative evaluations to determine system changes. It is expected that such changes will result in improved safety and well-being for children and families.

The full interim report, The Greenbook Demonstation Initiative: Interim Evaluation Report, was prepared by the Greenbook National Evaluation Team (Caliber Associates, Education Development Center, Inc., and the National Center for State Courts) and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice. The report is available at www.thegreenbook.info/documents/Greenbook_Interim_Evaluation_Report_2_05.pdf (PDF 2.36 MB).

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Resources

Child Abuse and Culture

Cultural competency and multicultural approaches in child welfare are the focus of a new book, Child Abuse and Culture: Working With Diverse Families, by L. A. Fontes. This book is designed to help child welfare workers develop a multicultural approach to helping their client families by confronting their own prejudices, overcoming language and culture barriers, respecting families' values while ensuring children's safety, and creating an agency environment that is welcoming to all.

Chapters address:

Each chapter concludes with a set of questions for reflection and discussion, so that the book may serve not only as a reference for social workers and therapists, but also as a supplementary text for trainees and students. In addition, the book includes a number of case examples to illustrate commonly encountered challenges and ways to deal with them.

The book, published by Guilford Press, is available on the publisher's website at www.guilford.com.

Related Items

Read more about culturally competent child welfare practice in previous issues of Children's Bureau Express:

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Health Care Practice Standards for Children in Foster Care

In 1997, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) convened the Task Force on Health Care for Children in Foster Care to address the unique and complex health care needs of this population. The practice standards developed by this committee were published in Fostering Health: Health Care for Children and Adolescents in Foster Care, which has just been released in a second edition. These standards of care are designed to be used by health care professionals, foster parents, child welfare agencies, the courts and legal community, and policymakers.

Fostering Health provides practice parameters for primary health care, developmental and mental health care, and child abuse and neglect. These practice parameters identify events, timeframes, professionals involved, and necessary procedures. Other chapters of the book cover health care management, medical consents, confidentiality, qualifications of health care professionals, assessment and improvement, and health care financing.

Fostering Health is published by AAP (District II, New York State) and is available for purchase from its website at http://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/healthy-foster-care-america/Pages/Fostering-Health.aspx.

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Special Issue: Decision-Making in Child Welfare

Child welfare decisions run the gamut from clinical decisions about client assessment, goals, and services to decisions about collecting and evaluating program data. A special issue of Children and Youth Services Review focuses on the decision-making process in child welfare and, specifically, the errors that can occur.

The issue includes six articles:

These papers were originally presented at the 3rd International Symposium of the School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, in December 2003. They were published in the April 2005 issue of Children and Youth Services Review 27(4) and are available for purchase online at http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/01907409/27/4.

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Helping Children in the Child Welfare System Heal from Trauma

Recently, more attention has been paid to understanding and improving the interaction of systems that become involved with a child immediately following maltreatment (e.g., child protective and law enforcement systems). However, less is known about how systems that become involved with these children later, including mental health agencies and schools, incorporate trauma-related information and expertise into their response to children and families.

Treating Child Trauma: A Systems Integration Approach, by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's Systems Integration Working Group, reports on the results of a survey conducted among 53 of these later-stage agencies in 11 communities. The survey was used to assess (1) the ways the agencies gather, assess, and share trauma-related information and (2) the basic training about child trauma their staff members receive. While this survey is a small first step, the ultimate goal is to identify gaps in communication among agencies and systems and to develop training and educational materials to improve collaboration on issues associated with child maltreatment and trauma.

Along with survey findings, the 41-page report includes recommendations for a number of groups, including family and dependency courts, public child welfare agencies, foster care agencies, mental health agencies, and schools, as well as for members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

The report is available on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network website at http://nctsnet.org/nctsn_assets/pdfs/materials_for_applicants/A_Systems_Integration_Approach.pdf (Editor's note: Link no longer active).

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Adopte1.org

A Spanish version of the popular www.adoptuskids.org website is now available. The site, www.adopte1.org, was launched Wednesday, April 20, and includes Spanish-language information about the adoption process and children in the foster care system who are waiting for permanent families. (Editor's note, www.adopte1.org is no longer active. To veiw AdoptUSKids Spanish resources, visit http://www.adoptuskids.org/para-familias.) For more about the public service advertising campaign to publicize the site and increase awareness about adoption among Latino families, see "ACF Launches Spanish-Language Adoption Recruitment Campaign" in this issue.

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Webcast: Surgeon General's Workshop on Child Maltreatment

On March 30 and 31, Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona, M.D., F.A.C.S., held a workshop in Washington, DC, to discuss defining and achieving a public health approach to preventing child maltreatment. The event included a cross-cutting list of participants representing medicine, public health, interchange development, social services, child welfare, academia, education, law enforcement, the faith-based community, juvenile justice, foundations, communications, mental health, and government.

An archived webcast of the conference, "Making Prevention of Child Maltreatment a National Priority: Implementing Innovations of a Public Health Approach," is available on the National Institutes of Health website at http://videocast.nih.gov/PastEvents.asp?c=1. (Editor's note: This link is no longer active. To view a description of the conference proceedings, visit http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK47486/.)

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Governance Self-Assessment

The Council on Accreditation (COA) has developed an online tool that allows leaders of human service organizations to conduct self-assessments of their organization's governance process. The interactive assessment compares the user's responses with national best practice standards in governance and provides immediate feedback in such areas as regulatory requirements, confidentiality, ethics, risk management, financial management, and governing authority. This tool is the second initiative in COA's Leadership Series; the first interactive assessment dealt with Continuous Quality Assessment.

To access the Governance Assessment Tool or the Continuous Quality Assessment Tool, visit the COA website at www.coanet.org.

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National Association of Youth Service Consultants

The National Association of Youth Service Consultants (NAYSC) serves as an information resource that links agencies and organizations in need of technical assistance with youth-focused consulting services. The NAYSC website hosts a searchable directory of consultants, trainers, speakers, and technical assistance providers. NAYSC funding notices cover city, State, regional, and national funding opportunities from across the country. To access the many resources of the NAYSC, visit its website at www.naysc.org (Editor's note: Link no longer active).

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Grants.gov "Spread the Word" Webcast

Did you miss the Grants.gov webcast on March 9? If so, there is still time to view an archived version on the Grants.gov website before June 9, 2005.

The "Spread the Word" webcast is targeted toward Federal agency grant program offices and other key partners to elicit support and promote the understanding of Grants.gov within their grant communities. The content of the presentation, however, is appropriate for anyone who wants to learn more about Grants.gov, how to find grant opportunities, and how to apply for grants.

The webcast (www.grants.gov/section910/spreadthewordwebcast.pdf) (Editor's note: Link no longer active) runs approximately 40 minutes and includes a slide show for participants to follow along. The presentation slides can be viewed at http://www.ag.ncat.edu/agedispatch/docs/grantsDOVgov.pdf (PDF - 1,300 KB). The original broadcast also included a question and answer session. A summary of the questions and responses is available at http://www-personal.umich.edu/~beattie/bmc/WebcastQA.pdf (PDF - 252 KB).

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Online Fundraising Courses from Groundspring.org

Groundspring.org's Internet Academy offers a series of online fundraising courses titled "Building the eNonprofit." The series covers the following topics:

Each session is offered monthly, January through November, and is 90 or 120 minutes long. A single session costs between $49 and $59, or $314 for a series covering all eight topics. Members receive a discount. For more information on courses and registration, go to the Groundspring.org website at www.groundspring.org/training/online_training.cfm (Editor's note: Link no longer active).

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Training and Conferences

Strategies for Engaging Fathers

The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently released the Advanced Fatherhood Training Curriculum (AFTC) package. Developed in response to feedback from practitioners asking how to engage fathers who are reluctant to get involved with their children, the AFTC is intended for individuals who have already completed NFPN's basic fatherhood training curriculum.

The training package is recommended for use with small groups. It features a 33-page manual and a brief video. Key topics include:

Ordering information is available on the NFPN website at http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement?adv-training-package=55-advanced-fatherhood-training-curriculum-package.html.

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For more information about the NFPN basic fatherhood training curriculum, see "New Training Curriculum Helps Involve Fathers in Their Children's Lives" in the October 2003 (Training) issue of Children's Bureau Express.

Issue Date: 05 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=64&articleid=2301


Online Courses Offer Support for Adoptive Parents

Adoption Learning Partners offers a series of web-based courses to address the information needs of adoptive families, families contemplating adoption, adopted persons, and birth parents.

Developed in partnership with adoption and child welfare experts, e-learning instructional design experts, and adoptive families, each course provides instruction, interactive exercises, and extensive resource lists. Courses take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours to complete, and most are offered free of charge.

Courses focus on various aspects of the adoption process, including:

Complete course descriptions and registration information are available at www.adoptionlearningpartners.org.

Issue Date: 05 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=64&articleid=2302


Addressing Abuse of Children and Adults with Disabilities

Children and adults with developmental disabilities are at greater risk for all types of abuse or neglect, yet preventing and recognizing the maltreatment can be difficult. The Partnership for People with Disabilities has developed a comprehensive web-based course on the topic for health care professionals and others who serve this population, including those in education, protective services, the courts, and law enforcement.

The course, "Abuse and Neglect of Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities: A Problem of National Significance," consists of 13 self-paced instructional modules on a range of topics from risk factors and recognizing abuse to reporting and treatment. Each module includes learning objectives, self-study questions, references, resources, and links to relevant websites.

The Partnership for People with Disabilities is a project of Virginia Commonwealth University. A complete outline of the course and ordering information can be found at www.vcu.edu/partnership/maltreatment (Editor's note: Link no longer active).

Issue Date: 05 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=64&articleid=2303


Conferences

Upcoming national conferences on adoption and child welfare through August 2005 include:

June 2005

July 2005

August 2005

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

Issue Date: 05 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=64&articleid=972



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