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  • May 2017
  • Vol. 18, No. 3

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This month's CBX spotlight features an article on the mental and physical health of children in foster care, a new podcast featuring three youth as they speak about their firsthand experiences with homelessness or foster care, a report about a survey-based study to determine who would most likely be willing to act as a resource family, useful tools for foster parents and caregivers on navigating the reunification process, and a guide for foster parents on family visits.

  • May Is National Foster Care Month
    This year's National Foster Care Month (NFCM) theme, "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families," highlights the importance of identifying, developing, and supporting prospective and...
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  • Study Examines Mental, Physical Health of Children in Foster Care
    Either due to experiencing maltreatment or other risk factors, children in foster care often experience more depression and anxiety, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), developmental...
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  • Youth Leaders Discuss How to Engage Rural Youth in Services
    Homeless teenagers are often scared and either don't know where to turn for help or may be reluctant to receive services. In a new podcast from the National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth...
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  • Resource Families Want to Help Youth and Birth Parents
    The Center for Poverty Research at the University of California-Davis released a policy brief describing a study to determine who would most likely be willing to act as a resource family, the...
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  • How to Say Goodbye to Children in Your Home
    The primary goal of foster care is the reunification of the child with his or her birth family. And although having to say goodbye to a child can be a trying part of the fostering experience,...
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  • A Guide for Foster Parents on Family Visits
    Family visits help maintain strong family connections, and foster parents play and important role in facilitating these strong connections. When children in foster care have regular and frequent...
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  • Legal Representation Guide Now Available
    Child welfare cases can present unusual situations that can have significant implications for a child’s legal advocate. The Children’s Bureau identified inadequate representation of...
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  • Tracking Quality in Head Start Classrooms: FACES 2006 to FACES 2014
    The Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation within the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services produced the technical report Tracking...
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  • CB Website Updates
    The Children's Bureau website hosts information on child welfare programs, funding, monitoring, training and technical assistance, laws, statistics, research, Federal reporting, and much more. ...
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  • Supporting Early Childhood Initiatives
    A new report from Child Trends highlights successful community-based initiatives to support early, healthy childhood development and elements needed to cultivate them. The report stems from a 2016...
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  • Benefits of Home Visit Programs
    A new podcast explores a recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that shows how home visit programs that include videotaped parent-child interactions can improve the...
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  • Supportive Community Important to Transitional Youth Housing Program
    One of the greatest contributions of a transitional living program (TLP), a youth housing model, is the supportive environment it creates for its youth residents. A recent journal article points...
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  • Guide to Mentoring Children Growing Up Without Fathers
    Having a father or father figure in a child's life contributes greatly to a child's well-being and positive outcomes. By offering a little time—as few as 12 hours per year—to a...
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  • New Protective Factors Podcast
    Child Welfare Information Gateway released the first episode in a two-part podcast series called Protective Factors. Part 1 of this series focuses on the definition of protective factors as they...
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  • Improving Outcomes for Youth With Disabilities in Juvenile Corrections Facilities
    There are currently more than 60,000 youth in juvenile correctional facilities, with a large portion of these youth being identified as having a disability. Despite these statistics, however, less...
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  • Toolkit to Help Build Social Skills in Children With Disabilities
    Being able to understand and navigate social and interpersonal situations is an important skill that every youth must learn in order to interact appropriately with others and handle difficult...
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  • Supporting Recovery in Parents With Co-Occurring Disorders in Child Welfare
    The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, in partnership with the Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health, created a three-part video series called Supporting Recovery in Parents...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption from May through July 2017 include the following: May 2017 * 16th National Citizen Review Panel Conference Alaska Citizen...
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