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September 2012Vol. 13, No. 8Spotlight on Evaluation

As a follow up to our August Spotlight on Practice Models, this month we are focusing on Evaluation. CBX looks at Utah's evaluation of social work practice, Washington State's ICW case review tool, and performance-based contracting in Illinois. Anita Barbee, M.S.S.W., Ph.D., Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville, also contributed a guest article outlining different evaluation designs.

News From the Children's Bureau

The fifth article in our second Centennial Series highlights the Children's Bureau's 50th anniversary. We also draw attention to a new webinar on key findings from Round 2 of the CFSRs, a report on States' use of Chafee funds to provide housing assistance to transitioning youth, and an initiative to prevent child heatstroke fatalities.

Training and Technical Assistance Update

Learn about barriers to reuniting incarcerated mothers with their children, resources for children of parents with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders, and other updates from CB's T&TA Network.

Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

This month, we highlight the Next Steps program in Rockland County, NY.

Child Welfare Research

CBX points to research comparing child abuse and neglect in rural versus urban areas, the effect of therapeutic mentoring on youth behavioral and educational outcomes, and a literature review on housing needs and outcomes common among youth who age out of foster care.

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.