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  • February 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 1

Spotlight on Trauma-Informed Care

This month, CBX looks at trauma-informed child welfare practice. According to the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, nearly 60 percent of children were exposed to violence during the past year. Short-term reactions can include withdrawal, depression, sleeping problems, and increased aggression. Exposure to multiple or prolonged traumatic events can affect child development. Long-term consequences can include psychiatric and addictive disorders, chronic medical illness, negative educational and employment experiences, and criminal justice involvement.

  • Integrating Trauma-Informed Practice in CPS Delivery
    Child welfare professionals are not always aware of the symptoms and consequences of trauma and may be ill-equipped to provide services. In the summer of 2011, the Children's Bureau issued a...
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  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was established by Congress in 2000 to improve treatment and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events and to increase...
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  • Effects of Trauma on Adolescent Brain Development
    While significant brain development occurs during early childhood, neuroscience research now shows that there is important development during adolescence as the brain experiences significant...
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  • SAMHSA's National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
    Since 2005, the National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) has worked to foster the implementation of trauma-informed care in publicly funded systems and programs, with the goal of moving...
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  • Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems
    A recent eReview sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Children's Mental Health at the University of Minnesota presents interviews with professionals from three different geographical areas...
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  • Trauma Across the Spectrum of Experience
    The Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma published a special two-part issue in 2011 focusing on child and adolescent trauma across the spectrum of experience. The first volume, Child and...
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  • Advancing Practices on Trauma Intervention
    A white paper by the National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children (TLC) highlights a developmental perspective and experiential approach to trauma-informed care. In Advancing...
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  • Newsletter Highlights Trauma and Refugee Families
    A recent issue of the The Dialogue, published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), focuses on trauma in different populations and ways to identify and address...
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  • Centennial Series: Child Labor in America
    This is the seventh article in our Centennial Series, as we count down to the Children's Bureau's 100th anniversary in April 2012. These articles address some of the social issues, practices, and...
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  • Child Maltreatment 2010 Released
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released Child Maltreatment 2010, the 21st in a series of reports designed to provide national statistics on child abuse and neglect. These...
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  • Findings From Round 2 of the CFSRs
    The Children's Bureau recently released the first comprehensive findings from the second round of the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). Since 2001, the Children's Bureau has conducted two...
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  • 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
    The 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, sponsored by the Children's Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), will be held April 16–20, 2012, in Washington, DC. The...
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  • Foster Children and Psychotropic Medications
    A joint letter to States from the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services...
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  • Executive Order on Native Student Education
    In December 2011, the White House issued an Executive Order calling for increased educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students and establishing the White House...
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  • Positive Family-Provider Relational Practices
    A new report by the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) identifies core elements necessary for high-quality family engagement and...
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  • New! From CB
    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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  • Complex Data Gathering Results in State Adoption Totals
    A publication from Child Welfare Information Gateway now available online provides estimates of total adoption numbers for the 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. How Many...
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  • NRCOI Compiles Training for State Supervisors
    The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) has published the results of its Supervisor Training Project, based on a poll of State child welfare training...
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  • More Updates From the T&TA Network
    The Children's Bureau's 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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  • Discretionary Grant Forecasts
    The Children's Bureau is currently forecasting 12 FY 2012 discretionary grant funding opportunities. Please check the forecast site regularly, as these forecasts are subject to change. The...
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  • Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs
    On September 30, 2011, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) awarded three grants under the grant program titled "Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for...
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  • Family Finding for Different Child Welfare Populations
    The family finding model, which child welfare agencies may use to identify and locate extended family members for children and youth in foster care, can be implemented at any point in a child's...
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  • Evaluation of Wendy's Wonderful Kids Released
    Findings from a 5-year evaluation of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption's Wendy's Wonderful Kids program are available, and results show overwhelmingly that foster children served by the...
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  • Delinquent Referrals and Maltreatment Histories
    The inaugural issue of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Journal of Juvenile Justice features the article "Missouri's Crossover Youth: Examining the...
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  • Characteristics of Rereport Risk Factors
    A recent article in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, "Recidivism in the Child Protection System," explores possible risk clusters and characteristics associated with...
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  • New IFPS Survey Available
    Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) are used to support families in crises in which children have been removed or are at-risk of removal from their families because of maltreatment. IFPS...
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  • Practice Model for Child Welfare and Substance Use
    Responding to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' call for interagency collaboration in serving families with substance use disorders involved with child welfare, Children and Family...
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  • Learning While Doing and Organizational Change
    As the Casey Foundation shifted its practice from finding long-term foster care families for children and youth to securing more permanent homes—a process dubbed Move to Greater Permanence...
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  • Emergency Preparedness Guide
    The Promising Practices Network (PPN) has produced an online emergency preparedness guide for child-serving organizations. The guide provides best practices and seven steps to guide organizations...
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  • Guide for Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children
    The Center for Innovation and Resources, Inc., has published a second edition of a guide for multidisciplinary interview teams (including child welfare, law enforcement, and other professionals)...
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  • The Benefits and Challenges of Relative Placement
    The November 2011 issue of The Judges' Page newsletter, with the theme "A Critical Dependency Court Resource: Relative Placements" presents an array of articles that address many of the...
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  • Building Trust Tip Sheet
    Helping Children in Care Build Trusting Relationships, produced by the Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center of Wisconsin, provides foster and adoptive parents with tips and strategies for...
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  • ICWA Contact Database
    A new resource aims to utilize technology to help agencies and organizations meet legislative requirements necessary for Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) compliance. Ayazuta, which means...
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  • Mandatory Reporter Trainings
    Most States offer free mandatory reporter training to help adults mandated by law in identifying and reporting possible child abuse and neglect. Below is a list of a few State mandatory reporter...
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  • Overcoming Parenting Challenges
    Foster parents, adoptive parents, and kinship caregivers often encounter challenges when raising children who have gone through the child welfare system and may have experienced trauma or other...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through March 2012 include: March 2012 * The 25th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference Child and...
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