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  • Dec 2010/Jan 2011
  • Vol. 11, No. 10

Spotlight on In-Home Services

This month, CBX spotlights in-home services, which refer to all the services provided in the home and elsewhere that support families with children living at home. In-home services include early prevention services as well as postreunification services. Read about the new National Resource Center and about promising practices in in-home services.

  • The National Resource Center for In-Home Services
    Funded in 2009, the Children's Bureau's National Resource Center for In-Home Services (NRCinhome) serves as a knowledge center for promising practices that can help children remain safely in their...
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  • Families' Views on Intensive In-Home Services
    Understanding how families view the services they receive is an important component of assessing program effectiveness. A study in Arizona explored whether families perceived they were stronger...
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  • Nurse-Family Partnership Program in Spokane
    To improve pregnancy outcomes, child health and development, and economic outcomes for children and families, Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP), an evidence-based home visitation program, uses...
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  • Strengthening Families Initiative in Texas
    In January 2008, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) began implementing the Strengthening Families Initiative (SFI), an in-home services program designed for families...
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  • Evidence-Based Home Visitation in Rochester
    Evidence-based home visitation (EBHV) has become an increasingly important model of improving families' outcomes in numerous areas, including child maltreatment, school readiness,...
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  • Safety Management in In-Home Services
    In-home safety management is a viable option to foster care placement for many families that become involved in the child welfare system, according to an article from ACTION for Child Protection....
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  • Family Preservation Services in New Jersey
    The Rutgers School of Social Work's Institute for Families has published a brief on the significant role that family preservation services (FPS) play in keeping New Jersey children safe in their...
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  • Intensive In-Home Family Treatment
    The goal of family preservation programs is to improve family functioning so that children can remain safely at home. A recent journal article describes an intensive in-home family treatment...
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  • New PSAs Spotlight Adoption of Siblings
    The Ad Council, in cooperation with the Children's Bureau and AdoptUsKids, recently unveiled its newest media campaign to raise awareness of adoption from foster care. These new public service...
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  • Children's Bureau Express Wins Marcom Award
    The Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals recently awarded a gold Marcom Award to Children's Bureau Express in the electronic newsletter category. MarCom Awards is an...
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  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Family Connections
    Family Connections (FC) is a multifaceted program that works with at-risk families in their homes to prevent child abuse and neglect. Piloted in 1996, the program showed such promising results...
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  • U.S. Signs Child Protection Convention
    On October 22, 2010, the U.S. Ambassador to The Hague signed the Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and...
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  • Updates From the T&TA Network
    The Children's Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network continues to produce resources that can help States and Tribes in their work with children and families. Some recent...
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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....
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  • Psychotropic Medication Oversight in Foster Care
    According to the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute, psychotropic medication use in youth has increased significantly over the past decade, with the rates of use much higher for...
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  • Evaluating Solution-Based Casework in Washington State
    The Children's Administration of Washington State is implementing a new practice model, Solution-Based Casework (SBC), to improve outcomes for the children and families it serves. SBC is a...
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  • Social-Emotional Problems in Children in Foster Care
    Many children and youth in foster care exhibit social-emotional problems due to childhood trauma and unmet mental health care needs. In an effort to improve screening for social-emotional...
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  • Fragile Families Research Update
    The rate of out-of-wedlock births continues to rise, with statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing that 39.7 percent of U.S. children born in 2007 were born to single...
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  • Toolkit for Supporting LGBTQ Youth in Care
    A new online toolkit provides information to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth in the foster care system receive the support and services they need and...
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  • Judicial Strategies to Reduce Disproportionality
    Research has demonstrated that children and families of color are disproportionately overrepresented in the child welfare system. Steps that judges can take to reduce disproportionality are the...
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  • Tribal Title IV-E Data Collection and Reporting
    The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (P.L. 110-351) allows Tribes, Tribal organizations, and Tribal consortia to apply directly for title IV-E foster care and...
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  • When Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence Co-Occur
    Acts of child abuse or neglect and domestic violence often co-occur within the same family unit. The latest issue of The Judges' Page newsletter presents an array of articles to inform...
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  • Foster Youth Internship Program
    The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) is accepting applications for its 2011 summer internship program. The program places youth in 2-month internships in Washington, DC, in the...
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  • Supporting Grandfamilies Through Respite
    The ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center has published Respite Services to Support Grandfamilies, which explains the unique challenges facing grandparents who serve as the primary...
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  • Native Horizons Points to Services for Tribal Youth
    Native Horizons is a new, quarterly newsletter from ACF's National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth, which addresses topics and issues of interest to members of Tribal organizations and Native...
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  • Free Volumes of Protecting Children
    American Humane Association (AHA), which publishes the journal Protecting Children, has made all of the issues from 2001 through 2009 downloadable free of charge from the AHA website. Each issue...
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  • State and National Training Listings
    Child Welfare Information Gateway offers two resource lists of organizations that offer training, including online training, for child welfare workers and related professionals. * State...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through April 2011 include: January 2011 * 18th Annual Children's Law Institute January 12–14, Albuquerque, NM ...
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