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December/January 2018Vol. 18, No. 9Spotlight on Safety and Decision-Making

Read about the two domains recently added to the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale for General and Reunification Services, how predictive risk modeling can ameliorate the shortcomings of the current approaches to risk assessment and decision-making used by child protective services, and the Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Virtual Expo Learning Experience and its resources to help improve the quality of assessments and best practices for data-informed decision-making.

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News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight a recent brief from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation that describes the service models of the first cohort of programs that implemented the Evaluation of Domestic Victims of Human Trafficking Demonstration Project as well as a list of the latest updates to the Children's Bureau website.

Child Welfare Research

Read a report that aims to improve data reporting on children and families based on 41 key indicators of important aspects of children's lives, such as family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health. We also point to a resource that discusses estimates of poverty among children in foster care compared with children living with grandparents or other relatives and children living with their parents.

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 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.