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  • April 2008
  • Vol. 9, No. 3

Spotlight on National Child Abuse Prevention Month

  • April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month
    This year marks the 25th annual recognition of National Child Abuse Prevention Month. For a quarter of a century, the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN) within the Children's Bureau has...
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  • HHS Releases National Statistics on Child Abuse and Neglect for 2006
    According to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in "Child Maltreatment 2006," an estimated 905,000 children were found to be victims of abuse or neglect in...
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  • What Makes Parent Training Effective?
    A recent analysis set out to identify the components of parent training programs that have the greatest impact on parent and child behaviors. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 77 published...
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  • How Children's Hospitals Help Prevent Child Abuse
    Children's hospitals are in a prime position to provide parent education that can help prevent child abuse. A report by the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions...
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  • New Studies Show Effectiveness of Parent-Led Prevention Programs
    Recent evaluations point to the efficacy of two nationally known parent-led programs for preventing child abuse and neglect. Parents Anonymous® A July 2007 report conducted by the National...
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  • The Importance of Family Strengthening
    Promoting family strengths is a key component of successful child welfare programs, including programs for preventing child abuse and neglect. A new policy brief by the Family Strengthening Policy...
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  • Supporting Early Care and Education Programs to Prevent Child Maltreatment
    Evidence indicates that high-quality early childhood education programs that feature significant parent involvement have the potential to be an effective child abuse prevention strategy. A new...
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  • The Costs of Child Abuse and Neglect
    A new study from Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA) estimates the financial costs of child abuse and neglect in America in 2007 at almost $104 billion. The estimate includes more than $33 billion...
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  • Final Rule on the National Youth in Transition Database
    The final rule on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) goes into effect on April 28, 2008, with full implementation by States due on October 1, 2010. This rule requires States to...
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  • Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner Update
    Christine Calpin, who joined the Children's Bureau in January of this year as the Acting Associate Commissioner, officially has been named the Children's Bureau's Associate Commissioner. Ms....
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  • White House Establishes New Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs
    An Executive Order establishing the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was signed by President George W. Bush on February 7, 2008....
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  • Latest Children's Bureau Funding Announcements
    The grant announcement season is in full swing, and the Children's Bureau offers a number of funding opportunities with deadlines over the next several months. These include: * Abandoned...
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  • Hague Update From U.S. Department of State
    "A message from the U.S. Department of State" The Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (the Convention) entered into force for the...
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  • Training for Missouri's Rural Child Welfare Workers
    Southwest Missouri State University, in collaboration with the Missouri Division of Family Services (DFS) and Community Partnerships of the Ozarks (CPO), has developed 18 competency-based training...
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  • Adoption Certificate Program Guide for Mental Health Practitioners
    A new guide for developing an adoption certificate program for mental health practitioners is now available from the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Adoption. The guide includes an...
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  • Child Abuse and Neglect Digital Library
    A new database of citations of works relevant to child abuse and neglect is now available from the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN). The database, canDL, stores a growing...
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  • National Resource Center for Organizational Improvement Adds Really Simple Syndication Feed
    A new RSS (Really Simple Syndication) subscription is now available from the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI). The RSS subscription, or feed, is...
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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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  • Strengthening Families National Network
    States and localities working to integrate a family-strengthening approach into their child welfare systems now can benefit from the Strengthening Families National Network (SFNN). Launched in...
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  • Mentoring Offers Benefits to Youth in Foster Care
    Natural mentoring relationships may increase the likelihood that youth in foster care experience positive outcomes as they transition to adulthood. A recent study of youth in foster care compared...
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  • Examining the Relationship Between Race and Outcomes in Child Welfare
    A new report suggests that race is a significant factor associated with whether or not a child in foster care is successfully reunited with his or her family. The report reviews 11 articles and...
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  • Increasing Foster Care Capacity
    A new publication from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP) examines the problem of diminishing foster care capacity in the State of Texas and makes recommendations that may be...
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  • Preparing Tomorrow's Leaders
    Faced with potential leadership gaps as baby boomers in management positions approach retirement, many child welfare agencies are seeking strategies to improve their ability to promote workers...
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  • Best Practice Standards in Adoptive Parent Preparation
    Adoption professionals need sufficient training and education on the adoption process in order to fully prepare and support adoptive parents and families. The Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute...
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  • Guide to Federal Tax Benefits for Foster and Adoptive Parents
    Just in time for tax season, a new resource guide, "Federal Tax Benefits: Foster, Adoptive Parents and Kinship Caregivers: 2007 Tax Year," has been published by the National Foster Parent...
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  • Positive Parenting Activities for Home Visitors
    Home visiting by professionals and paraprofessionals is an important component of many prevention programs for families at risk for child abuse and neglect. A new manual, "Your Guide to Nurturing...
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  • Assessment Tools in Spanish
    Three assessment tools to help link case planning, services, and outcomes are now available in Spanish from the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN). The NFPN tools include the North...
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  • Just in Time Parenting Webpage
    As part of its sponsorship of the Cooperative Extension Service, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has added a Parenting webpage to the Extension website. The Just in Time Parenting webpage...
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  • The National Children's Study
    Several agencies within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (including the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and the U.S. Environmental...
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  • Factsheet on College Aid for Foster Youth
    Voice for Adoption (VFA) has developed a factsheet on the new college financial aid provisions for foster youth that will go into effect in 2009. The new provisions remove a financial disincentive...
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  • Online Sustainability Planning Resources
    The Finance Project, a nonprofit firm whose goal is to support children, families, and communities by improving policies, programs, and financing strategies, has launched the online Sustainability...
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  • Mazda Foundation Grants
    The Mazda Foundation focuses much of its charitable giving on youth-oriented initiatives, funding nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, literacy, social welfare, scientific research,...
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  • Teen Project Training and Resources
    Oregon's Teen Project was created to help promote positive and effective relationships with youth who have experienced abuse and neglect. The Teen Project website provides training curricula and...
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  • Online Guide for CPS Training
    The Georgia Department of Human Resources (DHR), Division of Family & Children Services, has developed a training program for child welfare case managers that uses an online participant guide....
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on adoption and child welfare through July 2008 include: "May" * National Foster Parent Association Annual Education Conference National Foster Parent...
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