March 2012, Vol. 13, No. 2
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The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) has launched a new website to help the NRC fulfill its mission of advancing child welfare practice through data and technology by providing easier access to its resources and tools.The refreshed website, complete with a new logo—a data tree—houses a multitude of new resources, such as the Peer Networking page. The new networking page allows professionals in States and Tribes to connect and share resources such as data management strategies, webinars, technical assistance, and more.
The News and Events page highlights the latest announcements for child welfare professionals, including the newest smartphone applications. Smartphone applications like Verbal Victor, which can help children with developmental and communication challenges communicate with others, can enhance the efforts of professionals working with children and families across the medical, behavioral health, and human services fields. Other applications allow users to communicate between agencies, integrate case management with Statewide Automated Child Welfare Information Systems (SACWIS), report child abuse and neglect remotely, and more. For technical assistance with smartphone applications and more, contact the NRC:
Another addition is the group site, which features a shared calendar, discussion forums, member profiles, a photo gallery, and file storage. Interested parties can create individualized profiles, engage with other professionals in their field, and help drive content updates to the site by providing feedback. The group site currently has more than 600 members, 50 discussion threads, and nearly 100 documents and is available here:
The new website also features a mobile-friendly browser for easy viewing on the go. To view other new resources and sign up for content updates, visit the NRC-CWDT website:
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