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  • May 2012
  • Vol. 13 No. 4

Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This month, CBX draws attention to National Foster Care Month and highlights Children's Bureau projects that work to increase access to early education services and the educational stability of children and youth in care.

  • May Is National Foster Care Month
    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to acknowledge the foster parents, family members, community members, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help children and youth in foster...
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  • Educational Stability for Youth in Care
    Former and current youth in foster care tend to lag behind their peers in educational achievement. One recent study found that youth with foster care experience were more than three times as...
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  • Electronic Early Education Referrals
    Improving child well-being, including meeting educational needs, has become a high priority in the child welfare field over the past decade. In 2011, the Children's Bureau issued two funding...
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  • More Children Are Placed With Families
    Research shows that in the past decade, more children and youth in the child welfare system are living with families rather than in group homes or institutions. An issue brief by Kids Count, a...
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  • Clearing Credit Records for Transitioning Youth
    Recognizing that youth in foster are at a high risk for identity theft, a 2006 California law aimed to clear the credit records of transitioning youth prior to their exit from care. A new report...
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  • Documentary Highlights Youth in Care
    A new documentary film highlights the experiences of youth in foster care in Vermont and the kinship and foster parents who open their hearts and homes to them. The film also features parents...
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  • Study Examines Placement Stability
    The number of unrelated children in a foster home may increase placement instability according to a study by Illinois' Children and Family Research Center. The study's findings also revealed an...
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  • Foster Care and Education Database
    Improving educational outcomes for children and youth involved with the child welfare system requires a collaborative effort. To facilitate that collaboration, the American Bar Association (ABA)...
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  • Services for and by Youth in Care
    A community services center for transitioning youth—operated by and for youth in foster care—is celebrating its third anniversary with a new location. Voice Our Independent Choices...
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  • The Children's Bureau Celebrates 100 Years
    On Monday, April 9, 2012, the Children's Bureau (CB) commemorated its centennial anniversary. Joined by approximately 160 guests, colleagues, and former staff, CB celebrated its 100-year legacy...
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  • Centennial Series: The Children's Year, 1918-1919
    This is the first article in our second Centennial Series, CB Decade-by-Decade. These articles will examine highlights from each decade of the Children's Bureau's first 100 years. The first...
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  • Children's Mental Health Awareness Day
    Experiencing traumatic events during childhood can have long-lasting effects on behavioral health, increasing the risk for depression, substance abuse, stress, aggression, and more. To promote the...
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  • Fifth Wave of Data in Head Start Survey
    The Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES) is a periodic, longitudinal study of children entering Head Start, their families, and the programs and staff that serve them. Five...
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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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  • Webinar Series: Psychotropics and Children in Care
    With growing attention being paid to the issue of psychotropic medications and children in foster care, The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (The Center), is...
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  • T&TA Newsletters
    The Children's Bureau's Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network builds the capacity of State, local, Tribal, and other child welfare agencies and juvenile courts through training,...
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  • NRCYD State Resources Webpage
    The National Resource Center for Youth Development's (NRCYD's) website features a variety of resources and information for youth in and aging out of foster care. The State Pages tab offers a...
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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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  • Site Visit: System Collaboration in Colorado
    The Jeffco Community Connection (JCC) project was developed to be a model of system collaboration. Within the Jefferson County Human Services Department, JCC connects two programs, the Federal...
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  • Funding Opportunity Announcements
    The Children's Bureau announced two new discretionary funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) for FY 2012. * Child Welfare - Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for...
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  • Apply to Be a Grant Reviewer
    Each spring, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recruits reviewers and panel chairpersons for its grant programs,...
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  • Promising Prevention for Sexual Abuse
    Stop It Now! Georgia, a collaborative effort to prevent child sexual abuse, contributed to 5 years of declining sexual abuse incidence rates in the State, according to a new case study published...
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  • Statewide Child Neglect Prevention
    A new study in the journal Pediatrics presents positive outcomes for a statewide home visiting program in Oklahoma aimed at reducing future child protective services (CPS) reports for families...
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  • Developing Resilience and Strengthening Families
    Programs that help at-risk families develop resilience and achieve stable relationships are featured in the latest issue of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter. Of particular interest is a...
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  • Multi-Agency Collaboration and Data Collection
    The growing trend for using community-based collaborations for social services delivery has led to an increased focus on performance management to ensure effective service delivery. Moreover,...
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  • Children's Services Practice Notes
    The March 2012 issue of Practice Notes provides several articles on prescription drug use and the implications of family drug use on child welfare practice. While prescription drugs offer health...
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  • Optimizing Father-Child Visits
    The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is conducting a reunification study that examines necessary factors for successfully reuniting children and families. As part of this initiative,...
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  • LGBTQ Cultural Competency Assessment
    The National Center for Cultural Competence at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development recently posted a self-assessment checklist designed to raise service providers'...
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  • Interactive Map of Youth Programs
    A new interactive tool from FindYouthInfo.gov allows users to find federally funded, sustainable youth programs in their community. By entering their zip code or address, users can filter results...
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  • Keeping in Contact With Young Adults
    The Northeast Massachusetts Community of Practice released a tip sheet for professionals on staying in contact with young adults via phone text and the Internet. Tips include the following: ...
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  • Online Legal, Judicial Resources
    An array of resources supporting effective judicial practice in child welfare cases is available on the Children's Law Advocacy Resources Online (CLARO) website. While the purpose of the website...
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  • Information Sharing Certificate Program
    The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, in partnership with the Juvenile Law Center, announced the inaugural Information Sharing Certificate...
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  • Protective Factors Training
    The National Alliance of Children's Trust and Prevention Funds (Alliance) launched a new series of online training courses to support the implementation of the Strengthening Families and...
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  • Mandatory Reporter Training for Students
    A special edition of Center Piece, the National Child Protection Training Center's (NCPTC's) newsletter, highlights efforts to enhance training at the undergraduate and graduate levels for...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through August 2012 include: June 2012 * Association of Family and Conciliation Courts 49th ANNUAL CONFERENCE Association of...
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