Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! January 2020
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The well-being of parents strongly influences the well-being of children. Learn how to incorporate and tailor well-being services to support parents, caregivers, and communities. Explore the tools for measuring and assessing child, caregiver, and family well-being and read the latest research available in these resources.
Providing opportunities for youth to educate themselves about the child welfare system and process will help them know what to expect and what choices they may have along the way. Share this collection of resources with your community to support youth in foster care.
Hear how Strong Foundations—a home visitation program that serves immigrant families in an Iowa county—leverages evidence-based practices and tailors their services to meet the unique needs of the families in their area.
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New & Updated Publications
Helping Children and Youth Maintain Relationships With Birth Families
(Bulletin for Professionals)
Adoption research supports maintaining relationships between adopted children and their birth families. Learn how agency staff can play a critical role by facilitating these relationships, writing contact agreement, and mediating challenges.
Helping Your Adopted Children Maintain Important Relationships With Family
(Factsheet for Families)
Supporting connections between adopted children and their birth families is in the best interests of the child, but it requires a strong commitment from both the adoptive and birth families
Evidence-Based Practice in Child Protection
Use these resources to help programs choose and implement evidence-based and promising practices that will suit the needs of the families and communities they serve.
Bringing Children and Families Together
Matching children's individual needs with prospective adoptive families' strengths can contribute to more successful outcomes. Find resources to help bring children and families together for adoptive placement.
Child Protection Casework Practice
Effective casework practice allows child protection staff to work together with families to identify strengths, needs, goals, and desired outcomes. Support staff with information on decision-making and safety-planning phases to case planning and management.
Did You Know?
Children involved with child welfare are at increased risk of human trafficking, making it imperative that government and human services agencies develop adequate responses and prevention services. Support January’s National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by sharing the lessons learned by Children's Bureau grantees, and join the conversation with the hashtag #EndTrafficking.
Grantee Lessons Learned:
(Related: Responding to Child Victims of Human Trafficking)
In this Month's CBX: Knowing the Difference Between Poverty and Child Neglect
The December 2019/January 2020 issue of Children's Bureau Express highlights the importance of differentiating between poverty as a cause of neglect and poverty as being neglect and how primary prevention and family-strengthening strategies are key to keeping families together. Read the issue. Subscribe to CBX to receive the issue in your inbox.
Information Gateway will be at the following upcoming conferences. Please stop by and see the team. Be sure to visit Information Gateway's conference calendar to view and/or submit upcoming events!
February 6–7, 2020: 19th Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute (MCWI) Conference, Jackson, MS
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Explore resources designed to help your agency support survivors of sex trafficking and minors at risk of sexual exploitation:
For more information and news from the Center for States, visit its website.
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