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February 2021Vol. 22, No. 2Spotlight on Strengthening the Protective Capacities of Families

This edition of CBX highlights the importance of strengthening and supporting families to prevent child maltreatment. We feature spotlight articles on resources, programs, and services that aim to help families persevere and thrive during challenging times and beyond.

News From the Children's Bureau

We highlight a new primer from Child Welfare Information Gateway that discusses differential response and how child welfare professionals can implement this strategy to help families who have come into contact with the child welfare system. Also included is a brief list of updates from the Children's Bureau website.

Child Welfare Research

We feature a recent report from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation on the availability of early interventions and special education services for children in care and a report from Prevent Child Abuse Texas on the rates of child maltreatment during the pandemic.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other resources 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.