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May 2017Vol. 18, No. 3Spotlight on National Foster Care Month

This month's CBX spotlight features an article on the mental and physical health of children in foster care, a new podcast featuring three youth as they speak about their firsthand experiences with homelessness or foster care, a report about a survey-based study to determine who would most likely be willing to act as a resource family, useful tools for foster parents and caregivers on navigating the reunification process, and a guide for foster parents on family visits.

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News From the Children's Bureau

Read about a new practical guide that reports on the findings from the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System as well as a study that details the trends from the cross-cohort analysis of the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Survey for 2006, 2009, and 2014.

Child Welfare Research

We highlight a Child Trends report that focuses on successful community-based initiatives to support early, healthy childhood development and elements needed to grow them; a podcast that explores how home visit programs for parents being investigated in child maltreatment cases can dramatically reduce the percentage of young children being removed from their homes; and a study that looks at the impact of transitional living programs from the perspective of formerly homeless youth.

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.