Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! October 2020
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It's almost here! Join us in supporting National Adoption Month this November.
This year's resources focus on how to make engaging youth an everyday practice. Explore the Spread the Word tools and use the sample graphics, press releases, social media posts, and email signatures to get the word out on this year's theme: "Engage Youth: Listen & Learn."
Start the conversation in your community and join us on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #NationalAdoptionMonth.
Sometimes a friend is the first person to notice when youth experience child abuse or neglect. Share the "Help a Friend in Trouble" video with your community to provide easy-to-understand guidance on what to do if youth feel unsafe at home.
Whether you’re a parent, child welfare professional, educator, or other professional working with children and youth, you can help them feel prepared to support a friend—or get help for themselves—by sharing this new resource.
Hear how a common goal brought two states together to combine resources to develop more than 60 free online courses designed for home visiting professionals. Two members of the Institute for the Advancement of Family Support Professionals share how its competency framework enables supervisors to customize learning plans that ensure staff build skills—instead of merely passing tests—in prevention and family strengthening efforts.
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Use of Advertising and Facilitators in Adoptive Placements
Understand the state laws about advertising and facilitators in private or independent adoptions by both prospective adoptive parents and birth parents. Summaries of laws for all states and U.S. territories are included.
Family Support Services
Find family support resources and programs in this updated web section. All families can benefit from these community-based services, which may be comprehensive, focus on a particular goal, or target specific populations.
Behavioral Health and Wellness
Explore almost two dozen new and updated pages with resources on a wide range of topics, including the opioid crisis and collaboration between mental health, substance use, child welfare, and other systems.
Support Services for Youth in Transition: Life Skills
Find resources on this webpage to help support youth and teens aging out of care to develop the life skills they need to become self-sufficient adults.
Did You Know?
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Domestic violence (DV) is a public health issue that has rippling effects on families and communities. Children and youth who witness DV experience trauma of their own, which can contribute to behavioral, social, and emotional problems as well as a negative impact on their mental and physical health. There is an unfortunate occurrence of families who experience DV and those involved with the child welfare system. It is important that this month, and every month, we educate ourselves on how to effectively serve these families.
The Domestic Violence web section includes 22 updated pages covering prevention, casework, and collaboration. Through education, prevention, and cross-system collaboration, we can make a substantial difference in the lives of those affected by DV.
For updated information on definitions, terminology, and the overall scope of DV, visit our Definitions and Terminology of Domestic Violence webpage.
Resilience and protective factors can play an important role in prevention as well as in survivor recovery. Explore the Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare website, including its Issue Brief on Protective Factors for Survivors of Domestic Violence, and Information Gateway for more resources to help families affected by DV.
This edition of CBX focuses on building awareness of an unprecedented effort to transform child welfare in the United States. Core national partners are committed to a long-term, unified effort to partner with families, communities, and jurisdictions in new ways that are driven by the lived expertise of parents and young people. This edition includes articles from a variety of organizations and federal partners as well as the four jurisdictions participating in tier one of the Thriving Families effort—Colorado, California/Los Angeles County, Nebraska, and South Carolina.
Updates From Capacity Building Center for States
Prevention-Focused E-Learning From CWVE 2020
More than 2,400 child welfare professionals came together for the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020: Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration on September 24, 2020. Explore the center's newly released Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 learning experience to view session recordings and reflect on how your agency can build a prevention-focused system.
Explore Additional E-Learning Opportunities
Then and Now: Looking Back and Moving Forward in Support of Children, Youth, and Families: Videos and Discussion Guide
For more information and news from the Capacity Building Center for States, visit our website.
Information Gateway will be at the following upcoming virtual conferences. Please register and watch a virtual session. Be sure to visit Information Gateway's conference calendar to view and/or submit upcoming events!
October 20–21, 2020
National CASA/GAL Association Virtual Conference
November 4–6, 2020
Together We Can Conference
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