Children's Bureau Express06 2005 | Vol. 6, No. 5

Table of Contents
 

News From the Children's Bureau

  • Children's Bureau Discretionary Grants Available
  • Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits Coming Soon
  • Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare
  • Ensuring Educational Rights for California's Foster Youth
  • Conference on Substance-Exposed Newborns
  • Substance Abuse Guide for Child Welfare Workers

Child Welfare Research

  • Study Explores Foster Parent Retention
  • Program Reforms Can Improve Foster Youth Outcomes
  • Another Look at the Impact of ASFA

Strategies and Tools for Practice

  • Home Visiting Program Shows Significant Effects in First Year
  • Education Advocacy Model for Foster Children

Resources

  • The Impact of Methamphetamine on Child Welfare Practice
  • Preserving Family Ties for Siblings in Foster Care
  • How to Determine When Not to File a TPR Petition
  • Coordinating Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Services
  • National Data Analysis System Updates
  • Evidence-Based Practices in Adoption
  • Child Safety Articles
  • Funding Resources by State

Training and Conferences

  • Effective Black Parenting
  • Conferences

News From the Children's Bureau

Children's Bureau Discretionary Grants Available

Several separate Children's Bureau funding announcements will be published this year, rather than one consolidated announcement.

The first discretionary grant announcement, released on May 4, announced the availability of funds for Tribes, Tribal organizations, and migrant programs for community-based child abuse prevention programs. The funds must be used to support effective child abuse prevention activities that include an emphasis on strengthening marriages, reaching out to fathers, program evaluation, and enhancing linkages with the Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Program State Lead Agency. It is anticipated that three grants will be made (one each for a Tribe,Tribal organization, and migrant program), and each grant will be $143,000. The deadline for submission of applications is July 5.

For general information about Children's Bureau discretionary grants, visit the Children's Bureau website at http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/grants/discretionary-grant. For information on specific grants, visit the following websites:

Grants.gov has an option for requesting automated notification of grant availability and allows users to select multiple categories of funding announcements for automatic notification.

Print copies of funding announcements will not be mailed routinely but will be sent only to those who request them. For print announcements or other information about the grants process, call the ACYF Operations Center at (866) 796-1591.

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
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Medicare Prescription Drug Benefits Coming Soon

On December 8, 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-173). Among other provisions, this law offers seniors and individuals with disabilities insurance coverage for prescription drugs. Medicare prescription drug plans may provide significant assistance with prescription drug costs for Medicare recipients involved with the child welfare system, including grandparent caregivers and children with special needs.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offer a monthly update to provide the public and other interested parties with up-to-date information on CMS's efforts to implement the new legislation. This update will contain information on what CMS accomplished in the past month as well as major activities scheduled for the coming month, such as key implementation dates and regulations being published. Automatic notification of updates is available. (Editor's note: This link is no longer available.)

The Medicare website also offers a number of publications regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 that may help recipients make decisions regarding their coverage.

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=65&articleid=2225


Coordinating Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Services

A considerable body of research confirms the connection between child maltreatment and juvenile delinquency, as evidenced by the high number of maltreated children who later commit delinquent acts and the number of juvenile delinquents who have histories of CPS involvement. A new publication from the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: Framework for Improved Outcomes, offers practical guidance for promoting integration and coordination of services between two systems that have historically operated quite separately.

The guidebook is designed to help jurisdictions determine what efforts will best achieve improved outcomes for children and families. The book divides the process into five stages: initiation, data collection, assessment, strategy building, and implementation. Appendices offer information on Federal child welfare and juvenile justice laws and programs.

The Guidebook is available on the CWLA website at http://www.cwla.org/programs/juvenilejustice/jjguidebook08.pdf (PDF - 994 KB).

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
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National Data Analysis System Updates

The National Data Analysis System, maintained by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), offers a comprehensive collection of statistics and data on State child welfare services. The system was recently updated to include 2002 Urban Institute data and 2003 CWLA State agency survey data (part 2). Users can customize the data output by requesting data for a particular State and time period, and public child welfare agency users can access another level of data through a login function. Visit the website at www.cwla.org/ndas.htm. (Editor's note: CWLA no longer supports NDAS.)

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
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Evidence-Based Practices in Adoption

Adoption professionals can use a new online resource that promotes and supports the use of evidence-based practices. The Virginia-based website, The Adoption Professionals' Resource, focuses primarily on the adoption of children from foster care. Resources include links for innovative practices, publications, and the needs assessment and first year evaluation report from the Children's Bureau-funded Quality Improvement Center on Adoption.

(Editor's note: This link is no longer available.)

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
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Child Safety Articles

ACTION for Child Protection (ACTION) provides consultation, training, and technical assistance to child welfare agencies and also operates the National Resource Center for Child Protective Services. One highlight of the ACTION website is a series of monthly articles on child safety in the child protective services system. Past articles, available through the "article archive," cover such diverse topics as child safety and the legal process, supervising the safety intervention, and unexplained injuries. Learn more about ACTION from its website at www.actionchildprotection.org.

 

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
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Funding Resources by State

The Grantsmanship Center website offers one-stop shopping for State funding resources. Visitors to the funding section of the website (http://www.tgci.com/funding-sources) can click on their States to find information on:

Information also is provided on upcoming Grantsmanship Center trainings in that State.

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Resources
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Training and Conferences

Effective Black Parenting

The Center for the Improvement of Child Caring (CICC) offers an ongoing series of workshops around the country to prepare instructors to lead Effective Black Parenting classes. The workshops for instructors are intensive 5-day sessions that provide staff with training, materials, and certification to lead these classes in the community.

Effective Black Parenting is an evidence-based national model program developed by CICC that approaches African-American parenting with an achievement orientation. The program covers the topics of culturally sensitive parenting strategies, general parenting strategies, parenting using African-American language expressions and African proverbs, and special topics such as single parenting and drug abuse.

In addition to its Effective Black Parenting training for instructors, CICC offers workshops for instructors in their Confident Parenting program, Los Niños Bien Educados program, and Steps to Independence for Young Children with Special Needs.

For more information, visit the CICC website at www.ciccparenting.org.

Issue Date: 06 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
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Conferences

15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect 

The 15th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect was held April 18 to 23, 2005. Sponsored by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this conference provided opportunities to hear nationally known experts in child abuse and neglect and discuss the latest research and programs in the field. The conference theme, "Supporting Promising Practices and Positive Outcomes: A Shared Responsibility," promoted interagency collaboration, as well as collaboration across disciplines, to maximize resources and provide more effective services to protect children and strengthen families.

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

July

August

September

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: 06 2005
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=65&articleid=987



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