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  • May 2013
  • Vol. 14, No. 4

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

As of September 30, 2011, there were 400,540 children and youth in foster care, many of whom were between the ages of 12 and 17. Youth who exit foster care without permanent families or connections are at risk for myriad negative outcomes. The theme for the 2013 National Foster Care Month is "Supporting Youth in Transition." This month, CBX highlights a higher education program for transitioning youth, a tool for evaluating youth connectedness, and other information about foster care.

  • May Is National Foster Care Month
    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize those who enhance the lives of children and youth in foster care. The Children's Bureau—together with its information service, Child...
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  • Higher Education Aids Transition to Independence
    As of December 2011, the State of Michigan was overseeing the care of 13,893 children in out-of-home care, the seventh highest foster care population in the United States. A critical area of...
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  • Evaluating Youth Connections
    While achieving legal permanence for youth in care—through reunification, adoption, or guardianship—is important, achieving lifelong emotional and relational permanence with caring...
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  • Keeping Siblings in Care Connected
    EPIC 'Ohana, a Hawaiian nonprofit that works to transform child welfare practice to better protect children, strengthen families, and enhance the health of communities, recently released the video...
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  • The Public's Perception of Foster Care
    While most Americans have a largely positive attitude toward the nation's foster care system, they view it as less important than other serious social issues. These attitudes and the overall...
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  • Federal Foster Care Supports
    Recognizing the unique challenges faced by youth transitioning out of foster care, the Federal Government funds a number of programs to help current and former youth in care make the transition to...
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  • Electronic Information Exchange for Foster Care
    Children in foster care are more likely than their peers to have significant physical health, psychological, behavioral, or academic problems, but delivering medical, psychological, dental, and...
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  • Funding Opportunity Announcements
    The Administration on Children, Youth and Families announced two new funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for fiscal year (FY) 2013. * Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in...
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  • CB Centennial Timeline Launches
    April 9, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of the Children's Bureau. Exciting activities have taken place throughout the centennial year, and will continue through 2013, to honor the Bureau's...
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  • Annual State Child Welfare Expenditures
    Each year, States are required by the Social Security Act to submit to Congress a report of planned and actual spending for child welfare programs. The law also requires the U.S. Department of...
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  • New Division, Newsletter at OPRE
    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) within the Administration for Children and Families announced a reorganization to form a third division. OPRE now consists of the Division of...
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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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  • Project DULCE for At-Risk Infants, Families
    The Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) currently funds four research and demonstration projects to seek new methods of preventing child maltreatment and improving child...
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  • Customer Service and Resource Family Retention
    The kinds of interactions that occur between a resource family and child welfare agency staff, as well as the way a family perceives they are being treated, can often affect whether the family is...
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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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  • Social Consequences of Adverse Experiences
    Highlighting the findings from the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, a special issue of the Journal of Prevention and Intervention in the Community focuses on using ACE research to inform...
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  • Evaluating Home Visiting Programs
    The Affordable Care Act increased investments in Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visitation programs, making evaluating program effectiveness more important than ever. A new publication...
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  • Youth Relationship Education in Foster Care
    Research shows that many teens in foster care engage in risky sexual behavior, such as having sex for the first time at a young age and using contraceptives incorrectly. Adolescence is a confusing...
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  • Reconsidering Intercountry Adoption
    In January 2011, UNICEF estimated that the global orphan population had increased to more than 150 million children, up from 132 million in 2008, with 18 million orphaned by both parents. In...
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  • Uninterrupted Scholars Act Factsheet
    A factsheet from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education provides information on recent changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow information sharing about...
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  • Lifelong Families Practice Tools
    The Annie E. Casey Foundation's former direct-service agency, Casey Family Services, developed and tested a foster care practice model titled Lifelong Families. The practice model is intended to...
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  • Fatherhood Engagement Guide
    The North Carolina Department of Social Services, the State agency responsible for child welfare programs in North Carolina, released a new guide, Best Practice Guide for Engaging Fathers and...
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  • Family Drug Court Best Practices
    As part of its peer-to-peer technical assistance programs, the Center for Children and Family Futures (CCFF) is highlighting examples for conducting successful family drug court programs. The new...
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  • Managing Personal Assistance Services
    The National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) released a toolkit for youth with disabilities who are transitioning to adulthood. The toolkit is aimed at helping...
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  • National Runaway Safeline
    The National Runaway Switchboard recently changed its name to the National Runaway Safeline. The nation's leading resource for runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth changed its name in January 2013...
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  • Transition Tips for Youth, by Youth
    A toolkit produced by Pathways RTC provides advice for youth from youth who have transitioned out of foster care to independent living or who are preparing to transition. The authors interviewed...
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  • Resources for Preventing Burnout
    The current economic climate is reducing social service budgets and increasing stress on social workers. Tribal STAR, a program of the Academy for Professional Excellence at the San Diego State...
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  • Connecticut's Fatherhood Matters Initiative
    In a new issue of Common Ground, the online newspaper of the New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors, author Douglas Howard highlights the Connecticut Department of...
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  • Children in Dependency Court Hearings
    Research shows that children who attend their dependency hearings are more likely to trust the decisions made by the judge than children who have been excluded from such hearings. This topic is...
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  • Newsletter Focuses on Father Engagement
    The February 2013 issue of Training Matters, a publication of the North Carolina Department of Social Services (NC DSS) Child Welfare Services Statewide Training Partnership, provides information...
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  • Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children
    The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center is offering an online curriculum on the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children (ICPC). The ICPC was written in 1960 and set the standard...
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  • National Certification of Parent Leaders
    The National Center on Shared Leadership and Parents Anonymous Inc. will sponsor the National Certification of Parent Leaders, July 22–15, 2013, in Ontario, Canada. The certification program...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through August 2013 include:June 2013 * One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare Field Center for...
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