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May 2020Vol. 21, No. 4Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This month's issue of CBX features National Foster Care Month, which again emphasizes the importance of foster care as a support to families and not a substitute for parents. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, about how parents with children in care need supportive relationships and connections to help them mitigate the challenges often associated with removal and expedite reunification. We also highlight a recently released Information Memorandum featuring guidance from the Children's Bureau on how to make foster care a support to families. Also included are the latest guidance from the Children's Bureau regarding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as research, tools, and publications on foster care.

News From the Children's Bureau

Read a letter from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, thanking the child welfare workforce for their tireless efforts during this challenging time and a webpage on the Children's Bureau's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidance on how to continue to support families during a time of social distancing and the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Also included are what's new for this year's National Foster Care Month initiative, information on a new initiative from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aimed at preventing youth homelessness, a podcast featuring Jerry Milner that emphasizes the need to support families and the importance of community-based collaboration, and a brief list of the latest updates to the Children's Bureau website.

Child Welfare Research

We highlight a study that looks at strategies for preventing reentry into care for infants and teens involved with child welfare and recommendations for an online clearinghouse for states to share information on how they are improving educational stability for children in foster care.

Strategies and Tools for Practice


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.