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November 2013Vol. 14, No. 8Spotlight on National Adoption Month

CBX spotlights this year's National Adoption Month initiative, features a study on Americans' changing attitudes toward adopting from foster care, and highlights a recent law journal article discussing the utility of social media in making family connections and the legal ramifications and pitfalls of social media use.

News From the Children's Bureau

The Children's Bureau welcomes a new Associate Commissioner and publishes an e-book celebrating its 100-year history; a new report examines demographic changes in foster care over the past decade; and we provide an update on the new CB Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) project. Due to the Federal Government shutdown, our October issue did not launch. Look for a special January 2014 issue with the Spotlight theme of Family Engagement.

Training and Technical Assistance Update

A new bulletin from FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention is intended to help leaders, policymakers, program managers, staff, and stakeholders successfully implement system and practice changes and ensure that these changes are sustained over time. We also highlight the new edition of the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center's (WPIC's) quarterly newsletter that focuses on the annual National Tribal Peer-to-Peer Learning Exchange.

Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

New site visit reports highlight projects focused on comprehensive family assessment, diligent recruitment, and building infrastructure capacity to support collaboration between child welfare and early childhood systems.

Child Welfare Research

CBX points to an issue brief describing therapeutic foster care, best practices for this type of care, essential partners, and challenges to providing this care; a report providing key data on foster care and teen pregnancy; and a study of juvenile justice reform over the previous 15 years with an emphasis on adolescent development.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.