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December/January 2015Vol. 15, No. 11Spotlight on the Year in Review

This month, we look back at the many important and emerging issues featured in the 2014 Spotlight sections. We highlight a bulletin that explores the characteristics of certain groups of children and youth particularly vulnerable to sex trafficking, an assessment toolkit for measuring State court compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act, a research brief on the barriers young people from foster care experience in postsecondary education, and more.

News From the Children's Bureau

The Child Welfare Outcomes 2009–2012: Report to Congress was recently released and presents State-performance data in seven outcome categories related to child safety, permanency, and well-being. We also highlight the new Family Engagement Inventory launched by Child Welfare Information Gateway in December.

Children's Bureau Grantee Updates

We present five site visit reports from three Children's Bureau discretionary grant clusters: (1) Child Welfare – Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare Involvement, (2) Child Welfare – Education System Collaborations to Increase Educational Stability, and (3) Diligent Recruitment of Families for Children in the Foster Care System.

Child Welfare Research

CBX points to research showing that nearly all States with title IV-E demonstrations have started or expanded the use of evidence-based practices, but there is a lack of cost-benefit analyses of those interventions. We also highlight a national survey of States' child welfare expenditures, a summary of the Programs That Work section of the Promising Practice Network website, and more.

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.