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March 2018Vol. 19, No. 2Spotlight on In-Home Services

In-home services prioritize family preservation and include community-based and family-focused interventions that aim to keep children safely in their homes. This month's CBX highlights a new book centered on the Homebuilder's model, an in-home intervention that provides families with counseling, life skills education, and other tools geared toward family preservation; an article that describes an evaluation of the Boys Town In-Home Family Services model; an article that discusses whether a referral to family group conferencing was associated with improved outcomes for families involved with child welfare; and a study that focuses on the differences in child well-being among children investigated for maltreatment who remained at home with a substance-using caregiver compared with children investigated for maltreatment without a substance-using caregiver in the home.

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight the 2016 Adoption Savings report, which compiles data from state and tribal title IV-E agencies' reported adoption savings as well as background information on adoption savings requirements; a new six-part video series covering the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) and the NYTD Review; the newly released Child Maltreatment 2016 report; and a list of the latest updates to the Children's Bureau website.

Child Welfare Research

Read a report that aims to evaluate and understand integrated approaches for simultaneously improving family self-sufficiency and child well-being by examining existing programs and research needs, a survey of state independent living coordinators that offers a detailed look at the services and supports provided to young people transitioning from foster care, and a report that focuses on the Educating Fathers for Empowering Children Tomorrow program and its effort to improve children's well-being through helping fathers become more involved and educated and increasing protective factors by investing in fatherhood programs across the state.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

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


This section of CBX 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.