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February 2015Vol. 16, No. 1Spotlight on Diverse Populations

The children and families touched by child welfare come from all walks of life and represent many ethnicities, races, cultures, lifestyles, sexual orientations, and gender identities. This month's CBX explores some of the issues faced by diverse populations in child welfare as well as efforts to improve services, outcomes, and opportunities for all children and families.

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight President Obama's reauthorization of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, a report that reviews research on home-visiting programs, and new funding opportunities for Tribal title IV-E Plan Development and Family Group Decision-Making programs. We also introduce Child Welfare Information Gateway's enhanced website.

Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

The Children's Bureau released a discretionary grants toolkit to assist grantees with project implementation. We also highlight a synthesis on the Bureau's recent work related to comprehensive family assessments (CFAs) in child welfare.

Child Welfare Research

CBX explores the demographics of children in foster care in Alaska and a research study comparing educational outcomes of youth involved with Child Protective Services (CPS) to youth with no CPS involvement.

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.