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December 2013Vol. 14, No. 9Spotlight on Youth

Of the nearly 400,000 children in foster care in the United States, many are between the ages of 12 and 17. This subsection of the foster care population has unique needs and faces distinct challenges. This month, CBX looks at the programs that monitor youth outcomes and encourage their social and emotional development, a report on one State's work to extend foster care to age 21, and a series of tip sheets for youth on addressing various life transitions.

News From the Children's Bureau

A new literature review from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation explores the family dynamics for children in nonparental care. We also point to a new website that outlines Federal Government plans for addressing the needs of children in adversity across the globe and the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect application process and deadline for its 21st annual Summer Research Institute.

Training and Technical Assistance Update

A new toolkit from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute aims to help child welfare professionals enrich their leadership skills and competencies. We also highlight a Spanish-language website from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids to help recruit Spanish-speaking adoptive and foster families.

Child Welfare Research

CBX points to the fall issue of CW360° that is focused on the intersection of child welfare and parents with disabilities, an update to the National Research Council's 1993 report Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect, and other research.

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.