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March 2014Vol. 15, No. 3Spotlight on Permanence for Youth

Of the approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States, one-third are between the ages of 12 and 17. All young people—regardless of age—need and deserve permanent, loving families. No one is too old for permanency. This month, we highlight resources focused on achieving permanence for youth, including an issue brief with information on efforts to reunite children and families, funding available for reunification efforts, and promising practices for supporting reunification; a pilot program that aims to keep teenagers out of foster care and safely at home; and more.

News From the Children's Bureau

The Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site has been updated with a new reporting feature that increases capabilities for viewing race/ethnicity data, and the March "Associate Commissioner's Page" focuses on the Children's Bureau's Permanency Innovations Initiative to help older youth in foster care achieve permanence.

Training and Technical Assistance Update

The National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment developed a tool to help guide diligent recruitment efforts and assist child welfare agencies create comprehensive diligent recruitment programs. We also highlight the free subscription services offered by Child Welfare Information Gateway and other updates from the T&TA Network.

Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

We highlight two grantee site visits this month, one from the Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System grant cluster and another from the Child Welfare/Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare Involvement cluster.

Child Welfare Research

We point to research on the prevalence of substance use among children and youth involved with child welfare, a study of social worker readiness for organizational change, and ongoing child welfare reform efforts.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other instruments that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This CBX section provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

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.