Children's Bureau ExpressJuly 2007 | Vol. 8, No. 6

Table of Contents
 

News From the Children's Bureau

  • Weighing the Evidence From Waiver Demonstrations
  • Fatherhood.gov Website Debuts
  • The Importance of Family Involvement in Case Planning
  • AdoptUsKids' Resources for Emergency Planning and Interjurisdictional Placement
  • NCSACW SAFERR Model
  • Updated CFSR Composites Syntax, Data Indicators, and Composite Weights
  • NRCCPS Website Redesign
  • New! On the Children's Bureau Site

Child Welfare Research

  • Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System
  • Deployment Linked to Increased Child Maltreatment
  • New Regulations May Impact Intercountry Adoptions
  • Report Rates Legal Representation for Children

Strategies and Tools for Practice

  • Mental Illness Prevention in Child Welfare
  • Implementing Differential Response in Child Welfare Practice
  • Program for Teen Mothers Shows Broad Benefits

Resources

  • Improving Foster Care
  • The Effects of Immigration on Child Welfare
  • Forensic Interviewing of Children With Disabilities
  • MethResources.gov
  • GE Healthcare Grants for Youth Education
  • Training for Grant Writers

Training and Conferences

  • Building Collaborative Leadership in Communities
  • Conferences

News From the Children's Bureau

Weighing the Evidence From Waiver Demonstrations

Since 1996, 23 States have developed innovative child welfare demonstration projects as the result of a waiver provision offered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The scope, costs, and outcomes (where available) of these projects have been compiled in a new report prepared for the Children's Bureau by James Bell Associates.

Waivers allow States more flexibility in their title IV-E and title IV-B funding in order to create and implement the projects. Among the requirements, States must show that the projects are cost-neutral to the Federal Government, and they must agree to submit the projects to rigorous evaluations. The waivers generally have a 5-year time limit, although some have been extended, and 15 States have active waivers.

States have shown great creativity in the range of their projects, with some focusing on administrative issues in child welfare and others targeting the needs of certain groups of children or families. The demonstration projects fall into eight categories:

Some of the positive findings that emerged indicate that assisted guardianship increased permanency rates for children (in Illinois, New Mexico, and Minnesota); flexible funding allowed more children to remain in their homes to receive services rather than enter foster care (in Indiana, North Carolina, and Oregon); and enhanced substance abuse treatment for substance-abusing parents decreased child maltreatment recurrence rates in these families (in Illinois and Delaware).

As States continue to report their evaluation findings, more evidence may emerge regarding promising and cost-effective practices that promote better outcomes for children and families.

To read Profiles of the Child Welfare Demonstration Projects, visit the Children's Bureau website:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/programs_fund/cwwaiver/2007/profiles_demo2007.pdf (PDF - 678 KB)

Related Search

Children's Bureau Express has addressed the topic of Federal funding waivers in a number of past issues. To find these articles type the keyword waiver into the search box the Children's Bureau Express homepage.
https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov


Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
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Fatherhood.gov Website Debuts

Just in time for Father's Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced the June 14 launch of the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) website. The website offers resources for a broad audience, including Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Marriage program grantees, fathers and families, community partners, policymakers, and researchers. Visitors to the website can access electronic publications, statistics, media materials, and other resources on the topic of fatherhood and improving the lives of children and families. They can also search the online library's extensive collection and sign up to receive email updates of the site.

The NRFC supports the Federal commitment to advance responsible fatherhood, as it:

Visit the website to learn more!

www.fatherhood.gov

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1377


The Importance of Family Involvement in Case Planning

A new information packet by the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning (NRCFCPPP) emphasizes the importance of family involvement in the case planning process. The Child, Youth and Family Involvement in Case Planning packet includes a factsheet enumerating the advantages of partnering with children and families, a quick review of the legislation that marked a shift away from little or no family involvement in the planning process, and a list of model programs that engage families successfully.

www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/downloads/information_packets/child-family-youth-involvement.pdf (177 - KB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
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AdoptUsKids' Resources for Emergency Planning and Interjurisdictional Placement

A Case Planning Desk Reference for Emergency Situations is now available from AdoptUsKids. The reference guide is an effort to help social workers lessen the impact of extreme situations or natural disasters on child welfare programs across the country. Put together at the behest of the State of Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the guide emphasizes child safety and permanency planning in disaster scenarios. A case planning checklist is included to help the caseworker make recommendations to the court of jurisdiction.
http://www.adoptuskids.org/images/professionalResourceCenter/documents/Case_Planning_Desk_Reference_FINAL.pdf (87.6 - KB)

The AdoptUsKids website now features a section on interjurisdictional resources to help child welfare professionals and families sort out the practices, policies, and procedures related to the placement of foster children across county, State, tribal, or national boundaries. The section includes checklists provided by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) to ensure safe and suitable placements and guarantee proper care. A report describing the barriers to interjurisdictional placement and a list of recommendations for improving the process are also included.
www.adoptuskids.org/professionalResourceCenter/interjurisdictionalResources.aspx

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1754


NCSACW SAFERR Model

To help child welfare professionals working with families affected by substance abuse disorders, the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) published the Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery (SAFERR) guidebook. The SAFERR model includes a variety of tools for screening and assessing children and families impacted by substance abuse. SAFERR aims to integrate the work of the child welfare system, alcohol and drug abuse professionals, and the courts to achieve better outcomes for families and at-risk children.

http://download.ncadi.samhsa.gov/prevline/pdfs/SMA07-4261.pdf (3.51 - MB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1755


Updated CFSR Composites Syntax, Data Indicators, and Composite Weights

The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) released updated data tools provided by Children’s Bureau for its online State Data Profile Toolkit. The new tools include a new version of the “ComputeComposites” syntax and a computational spreadsheet enhanced for readability and printing. Tables with data indicators and composite weights are also included.

www.nrccwdt.org/resources/cfsr/data_tools.html

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
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NRCCPS Website Redesign

The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) has a new and improved website. The user-friendly site features sections on technical assistance, training, consultation, and State liaison support services. It also provides resources on staff development, prevention in disaster emergency shelters, safety intervention policy standards, logic models, reports, and work plans. A new section also encourages jurisdictions to interact with NRCCPS staff for help with CPS issues in all 50 States and Puerto Rico.

www.nrccps.org/

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
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New! On the Children's Bureau Site

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. The "New on Site" section includes grant announcements, policy announcements, agency information, and recently released publications.

Recent additions to the site include the following:

Visit the Children's Bureau website often to see what's new!

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/new_site.htm

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: News From the Children's Bureau
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1749


Child Welfare Research

Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System

Immigrant families in Texas involved with the child welfare system are the subject of three recent issue briefs published by the Urban Institute. The briefs examine the role of placement settings and case goals, reasons for removal, and title IV-E eligibility to determine why child welfare services for immigrant children differ from or lag behind those provided to other populations.

Although Latin American immigrant children made up 7 percent of all children in the State in 2005, they constituted only 1 percent of children in care. Similarly, second-generation Latin American children made up nearly 20 percent of all Texan children in 2005 but only 8 percent of children in care. These percentages stand in contrast to the overrepresentation of third-generation Hispanic children (those with U.S.-born parents), who made up 22 percent of the children in Texas but 33 percent of those in care.

Beyond the statistics, the issue briefs shed some light on the reasons for placement decisions and removals, as well as the role of title IV-E eligibility in providing services to these groups of children:

To read the first three briefs in the Identifying Immigrant Families Involved With Child Welfare Systems series, visit the Urban Institute website:

www.urban.org/children/immigrant_child_welfare.cfm

Related Item

For related information on this topic, see the following article in this issue's Resources section:

"The Effects of Immigration on Child Welfare"

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=2353


Deployment Linked to Increased Child Maltreatment

A study that compared rates of child maltreatment over time in military and nonmilitary families in Texas found that maltreatment rates in military families increased in relation to the deployment of soldiers. Analyzing data on approximately 150,000 children from 2000 to 2003, researchers from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health found that the child maltreatment rates increased 30 percent for every 1 percent increase in the number of active-duty personnel who departed or returned from operational deployment.

Early in the study period, which corresponded to the time before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, military families had a lower rate of child maltreatment than nonmilitary families in this study group. However, by the latter part of 2002, when many Texas service personnel were assigned to operational deployments, the rate in military families began to rise. Nonmilitary parents in those families (i.e., military spouses) comprised the largest group of perpetrators and accounted for the largest increase in perpetrators during this time, suggesting that deployment causes significant stress for families left behind and those adjusting to the return of their soldiers. It may also cause increases in maltreatment rates among families in which soldiers are at risk of being deployed.

Interventions suggested by the study's authors include providing additional support and education for families. Increased monitoring during times of deployment when stress is high may also be appropriate.

"Effects of Deployment on the Occurrence of Child Maltreatment in Military and Nonmilitary Families," by E. Danielle Rentz, Stephen W. Marshall, Dana Loomis, Carri Casteel, Sandra L. Martin, and Deborah A. Gibbs, was published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 165(10). It is available for purchase online:

http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/short/kwm008v1

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1367


New Regulations May Impact Intercountry Adoptions

Approximately 20,000 infants and children are adopted each year by U.S. citizens through intercountry adoptions. In recent years, the greatest numbers of these children have come from three countries: China, Russia, and Guatemala. Last year, the U.S. Department of State issued immigrant visas to 6,493 Chinese children, 3,706 Russian children, and 4,135 Guatemalan children to allow them to enter the United States with their new parents. However, recent developments in each of these countries may delay or restrict future adoptions by U.S. parents.

The United States will fully implement the Hague Convention in early 2008, which will further regulate the intercountry adoption process to better safeguard the safety and well-being of the children involved. While the Hague Convention will not resolve the continued demand for intercountry adoptions, it will set minimum standards for those children, birth families, and adoptive parents involved in adoptions between Convention countries. This may provide American families with greater assurance about the safety and regulation of the intercountry adoption process.

For the most up-to-date information about the Hague Convention and intercountry adoption news, visit the Department of State website:

http://adoption.state.gov

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1364


Report Rates Legal Representation for Children

A new publication presents an assessment of State laws that govern legal representation for children involved in the child welfare system. The report, A Child's Right to Counsel: First Star's National Report Card on Legal Representation for Children, analyzed State statutes and court rules in all 50 States and the District of Columbia to determine how the States are meeting the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act requirement to provide trained counsel to all children involved in the child welfare system. The States were graded by specific criteria, including:

The grades are based on the language in the statutes and court rules, not on the implementation of the laws. The report also provides State-by-State analyses of the findings and recommendations for legislative actions to improve representation for children. Recommendations for Federal legislative action and a model State law for a child's right to counsel are also presented.

A Child's Right to Counsel: First Star's National Report Card on Legal Representation for Children is published by First Star, a nonprofit organization that advocates for Federal, State, and local laws that improve the lives of abused and neglected children. The publication is available online:

www.firststar.org/documents/FIRSTSTARReportCard07.pdf (PDF - 11.9 MB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Child Welfare Research
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1365


Strategies and Tools for Practice

Mental Illness Prevention in Child Welfare

Children involved with the child welfare system are at increased risk of developing behavioral and mental health problems throughout their lives. A recent article in the Child Welfare League of America's The Link describes how child welfare programs can adapt a mental health model (the Early Risers "Skills for Success" program) that incorporates both prevention and treatment to reduce the negative mental health outcomes of maltreatment.

The new Early Risers Community Integration Model uses a comprehensive family assessment to determine the level of mental health services needed. As part of the prevention approach, children who have experienced abuse, neglect, domestic violence, adoption, and homelessness may receive services—even if they have not shown symptoms of problem behaviors. Based on the needs of the family, three levels of services (basic, tailored, or specialized) are offered, with a focus on preventive components that improve the child's emotional and interpersonal skills, increase parenting skills, and expand the family's social support system.

The program includes 2 years of intensive intervention and stresses the importance of continuous health maintenance after the intervention to ensure that new problems are addressed throughout the child and family's lifetime. A family advocate may serve as the liaison for mental health services by collaborating with the child welfare case manager to determine the level of services and to coordinate service delivery.

According to the authors, the incorporation of the model into child welfare systems is best accomplished if:

To read the full article, "Early-Age Targeted Prevention of Mental Health Problems and Juvenile Delinquency for Maltreated Children: The Early Risers Skills for Success Community Integration Program," by Gerald J. August, George M. Realmuto, and Abigail Gewirtz, published in The Link, Volume 5(4), visit the Child Welfare League of America website:

www.cwla.org/programs/juvenilejustice/thelink2007spring.pdf (PDF - 32 KB)

Related Item

For more information on family assessment, the Children's Bureau website provides Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/pubs/family_assessment/index.htm

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1368


Implementing Differential Response in Child Welfare Practice

A new publication from Casey Family Programs, Implementing Differential Response in California: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned, reports on efforts to improve child welfare practice in California by developing a broader range of responses for vulnerable families. Differential response allows child welfare agencies to individualize their responses to families based on the families' specific needs.

In response to two major legislative initiatives, the California Department of Social Services, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs and other partners, began implementing differential response practice changes at the local level. The 2-year effort applied a method for testing and implementing system change known as the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC). The BSC method facilitates the rapid spread of information, as teams test and learn about new practices.

A number of promising practice changes emerged from this BSC with strong potential to support the implementation of differential response systems that may improve outcomes for children and families. These responses include strengths-based interventions, shared responsibility with communities, and broader family involvement.

Implementing Differential Response in California: Promising Practices and Lessons Learned is available online from Casey Family Programs:

www.casey.org/Resources/Publications/pdf/BreakthroughSeries_DifferentialResponse.pdf (1.10 MB)

Related Item

American Humane and the Child Welfare League of America report on the results of a survey of the different types of differential response systems in use in 15 States. The survey looks at the types of noninvestigative assessments used and the types of cases that may be referred for an alternative response. Profiles of the States with differential response initiatives are also presented.

The report, National Study on Differential Response in Child Welfare, by Lisa Merkel-Holguin, Caren Kaplan, and Alina Kwak, is available on the American Humane website:

www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/pc-2006-national-study-differential-response.pdf (3.44 MB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1369


Program for Teen Mothers Shows Broad Benefits

What began as a partnership between an emergency shelter program and a San Antonio school district has blossomed into a successful program for pregnant teens, showing widespread benefits for the teens, their children, and the schools. As described in a recent article in Alliance for Children and Families Magazine, Project MAS (mothers and schools) uses a wraparound approach to provide the State-mandated tutoring that schools struggled to give to pregnant teens and new mothers in the past. It also ensures that the girls receive parenting education and other necessary referrals and services.

An important feature of Project MAS is the Nurturing Program—a parenting curriculum designed for teen parents that begins when the girls are pregnant and continues after the birth. Before Project MAS, workers at the organization's emergency shelter noted an increase in abuse and neglect by very young parents. Outcomes for the girls who completed the program show that 100 percent demonstrated improvement in parenting skills and knowledge, and 98 percent had not been referred to child protective services.

The administrators of Project MAS have made a concerted effort to track and report their outcomes. Other program successes include the fact that 98 percent of the girls have returned to school following maternity leave, and 97 percent have not had repeat pregnancies.

These achievements have led to a significant expansion of the program into other schools. Project MAS administrators hope that the program will continue to grow, transitioning away from providing emergency care and toward providing community-centered and in-home care.

To read the original article, "Program Opens Door to New Role: Partnership With School District Benefits Many," in the spring 2007 issue of Alliance for Children and Families Magazine, visit the website:

www.alliance1.org/Magazine/spring2007/spr07-projectmas.pdf (PDF - 3.79 KB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Strategies and Tools for Practice
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1370


Resources

Improving Foster Care

As part of its Kids Are Waiting campaign, Pew Charitable Trusts has released timely publications that provide background information about children in the foster care system and the benefits of relative foster care.

Time for Reform: Too Many Birthdays in Foster Care presents an overview of the foster care system, with a particular focus on children who remain in care for a period of years. The report suggests that children would benefit from financing reforms that would give States more flexibility to use funds for preventive services or to subsidize guardianships when reunification or adoption is not possible.
kidsarewaiting.org/tools/reports/files/0005.pdf (PDF - 832 KB)

Time for Reform: Support Relatives in Providing Foster Care and Permanent Families for Children examines the benefits of relative foster care. These include increased stability, a greater likelihood of placement with siblings, and increased maintenance of community connections, compared to nonrelative foster care. The report discusses how financing reforms that provide for subsidized guardianships would allow more of these placements to become permanent.
kidsarewaiting.org/tools/reports/files/0004.pdf (PDF - 1.00 MB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1746


The Effects of Immigration on Child Welfare

American Humane Association and Loyola University Chicago convened a roundtable in July 2006 to discuss the impact of the fast-growing population of immigrant children and families on the delivery of child welfare services. Participants included approximately 70 representatives from 10 States and Mexico who had academic, government, advocacy, child welfare, and immigration backgrounds. For part of the 3-day meeting, participants met in small workgroups that focused on four topics:

Results of these workgroup discussions were published in Migration: A Critical Issue for Child Welfare: 2006 Transnational Research and Policy Forum Report, a report that includes action steps to encourage research and policy development on this issue.

www.americanhumane.org/assets/pdfs/children/child-welfare-migration/2006report.pdf (2.86 MB)

Related Item

For information about Latin American immigrant children in Texas, see the related article in this issue in the Child Welfare News section:

"Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System"

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1747


Forensic Interviewing of Children With Disabilities

Two new resources are available to professionals who conduct forensic interviews with children with disabilities.

The National Center for the Prosecution of Child Abuse (NCPCA) newsletter, Update, published a two-part article on this topic. Part 1 discusses the need to gather specific information about the child's abilities and needs prior to the interview. Part 2 discusses issues to consider during and after the interview, including developmental screening, suggestibility, corroboration, and preparing for court.
www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_vol_19_number_1_2006.pdf (PDF - 156 KB)
www.ndaa.org/publications/newsletters/update_vol_19_number_2_2006.pdf (PDF - 156 KB)

The Office for Victims of Crime within the U.S. Department of Justice released a new video, Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview—Techniques for Interviewing Victims With Communication and/or Cognitive Disabilities. The 57-minute DVD provides a specific set of guidelines for law enforcement officers, prosecutors, victim advocates, forensic interviewers, and others for interviewing adults and children with communication and/or cognitive disabilities. An interactive discussion guide including a complete transcript of the DVD and a glossary of terms and concepts used in the film is also available.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/publications/infores/other.htm#forensicinterview

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1748


MethResources.gov

Sponsored by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, MethResources.gov is a comprehensive source of news and information on methamphetamine, providing publications and research on programs, policies and legislation, funding, and training and technical assistance related to this critical topic. A conference calendar lists upcoming events, and the "Meth In Your State" section provides State-specific publications. The website is designed for policymakers, law enforcement officials, treatment and prevention professionals, businesses and retailers, and concerned citizens.

www.methresources.gov

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
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GE Healthcare Grants for Youth Education

GE Healthcare awards grants of up to $50,000 to nonprofit charitable organizations with a focus on youth education. Grants are made in the following areas:

Applications are reviewed quarterly. The next deadline is August 1.

www.gehealthcare.com/usen/about/gehealthcare_americas_charitable_giving_guidelines.pdf (PDF - 99.7 KB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
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Training for Grant Writers

Grant Writing USA offers training, seminars, and workshops around the country for grant writers in nonprofit and government agencies at all levels of expertise. The focus is on writing and reviewing successful grant applications; training also covers identifying and tracking relevant grant opportunities, developing a budget for the grant proposal, and measuring impact. To find out more about attending or hosting a grant-writing workshop, visit the website:

www.grantwritingusa.com

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Resources
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1752


Training and Conferences

Building Collaborative Leadership in Communities

The Leadership in Action Program provides hands-on training for people in a wide range of fields and positions who are already working to improve the lives of disadvantaged children and families. Sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), the Leadership in Action Program works to strengthen leadership and management skills and help leaders learn to collaborate more effectively, move quickly toward common goals, and use data to develop action plans and measure progress.

In collaboration with AECF, a local partner, such as a city task force or citizens' group, first agrees to sponsor an initiative focused on a particular need. The local partner then invites up to 40 participants, including State and local government employees, managers of public agencies, nonprofit directors, child advocates, business people, and community leaders. Guided by Leadership in Action Program faculty, the group participates in nine 2-day sessions over 14 months. The program provides the tools, framework, and skills to develop action plans, identify low- and no-cost solutions, and enlist new partners.

A full description of the program and contact information can be found in an online brochure:

www.aecf.org/upload/PublicationFiles/LAP.pdf (PDF - 433 KB)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1753


Conferences

Upcoming national conferences on adoption and child welfare through October 2007 include:

August 2007

September 2007

October 2007

Further details about national and regional adoption and child welfare conferences can be found through the "Conference Calendar Search" feature on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

http://www.childwelfare.gov/calendar/index.cfm(link no longer available)

Issue Date: July 2007
Section: Training and Conferences
URL: https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=85&articleid=1375



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