Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! March 2020
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Providing holistic support and engaging youth voices are vital to ensuring the best outcomes for children and families who need foster care services. That is why this year, National Foster Care Month is dedicated to improving cross-system collaborations and nurturing relationships between birth and foster families. Visit the website today and get ready for National Foster Care Month 2020 in May!
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Get an early start on your plans to raise awareness during National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Visit the 2020 National Child Abuse Prevention Month website to access important resources and tools from this year's campaign! Use our outreach tools to show your support for #ChildAbusePreventionMonth in April. Find shareable graphics and sample social media posts and show your support by adding a Facebook frame to your profile picture.
Planning effective and newsworthy prevention-focused activities can help communities promote healthy parenting practices and positive outcomes for children. Stay connected and sign up for updates on National Child Abuse Prevention Month!
Gathering and understanding data is essential to a successful prevention program. It can give you a clearer picture of a family and help you refer them to the services that will benefit them the most. On the new episode of the podcast, listen to a conversation with Lynne Mason and Belina Turner of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services as they explain the tools they use to evaluate the Community Collaborations for Children program in their state.
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New & Updated Publications
Now Available: Preparing Adoptive Parents and Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency
A successful adoption requires a strong foundation with all members of the adoption constellation, and child welfare professionals play a critical role in preparing youth and families for adoption. These two newly updated publications walk caseworkers through the emotions and feelings both parents and children may experience about permanency and the importance of preparing adoptive parents as well as provides resources to help support them.
While adoption is the primary focus of these publications, the lessons learned and advice can be applied to other forms of permanency, such as guardianship or kinship care.
COVID - 19 and Child Welfare
Find resources on how child welfare professionals and families can cope with the coronavirus disease.
Eliminating Barriers Toward Achieving Permanency
Learn strategies to overcome the potential barriers both families and professionals can face when helping youth achieve permanency. This updated web section includes state and local examples.
Cultural Competence Overview
Cultural competence—the practice of responding respectfully to diversity—is an essential part of working effectively with children and families involved with child welfare. Incorporate cultural competence into your practice by learning how to understand cultural differences, recognize biases, and work productively when a family's cultural context is different from your own.
Updated State Statutes
The State Statutes series provides a searchable database of more than 40 child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption-related statutes in every US state and territory. Compare or review topics ranging from legal definitions, adoption records access, infant safe haven laws, and more.
Completing Intercountry Adoption Not Finalized Abroad
U.S. citizens adopting children born outside of the United States must comply with certain requirements if the adoptions are finalized after the children have been admitted into the country.. Read about requirements for completing the adoption in the parents' state of residence, receiving a new state-issued birth certificate for the child, and gaining recognition of U.S. citizenship for the child. Summaries of laws for all states and U.S. territories are included.
Did You Know?
Adoption has an incredible effect on children and families. While it can bring excitement and joy to those involved, it can also include unique, lasting challenges. Understand how adoption can affect children and adults and learn how to talk to children about adoption—at every developmental stage. Check out these resources:
In this Month's CBX: Spotlight on Ensuring Meaningful Family Time
The March 2020 issue of Children's Bureau Express highlights the importance of establishing meaningful family time for families with children in out-of-home care to ensure they are able to grow and heal together and eventually reunify. Read the issue.
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Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
March is Social Work Month! Celebrate the contributions of child welfare professionals by checking out our resources:
For more information and news from the Capacity Building Center for States, visit its website.
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