Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! July 2018
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Child Welfare Outcomes 2015 Now Available!
The Children’s Bureau has released Child Welfare Outcomes 2015: Report to Congress. It provides state and national performance data on seven national outcome measures for children served by the child welfare system, including children’s safety, well-being, and permanency. Check it out at https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/cwo-2015.
In addition, the Child Welfare Outcomes data site has been updated with data from 2012–2016. Users can view data for one or multiple states and create customized tables and graphs to suit individual needs. Explore the site at https://cwoutcomes.acf.hhs.gov/cwodatasite.
Podcast: Prevention: Stabilizing Families Through TANF
Nine years ago, nearly half the families involved in the child welfare system in Oregon were also receiving TANF services, leading the state to adopt a community-based prevention approach. Since then, that number has been reduced to 32%. “We knew that the more you enhance Protective Factors, the more you minimize risks,” said Dianna Ilaoa from Oregon’s Department of Human Services. Starting with a self-assessment tool, they put families in the driver’s seat and work together to match services to needs in a holistic way that removes barriers to sustain long-term stability. Listen to the new episode and learn more about how Oregon administers these services, as well as their challenges and successes.
New & Updated Publications
New Factsheet What is Child Welfare? A Guide for Law Enforcement
Help inform law enforcement officers on child welfare with this new factsheet. It offers an overview on child welfare practice and explores best practices for how caseworkers and law enforcement agents can work together.
Acts of Omission: An Overview of Child Neglect
Child neglect continues to receive less attention from practitioners, researchers, and the media, but it accounts for over three-quarters of confirmed cases of child maltreatment, far more than physical or sexual abuse. Learn strategies for assessing neglect and implementing prevention and intervention strategies in this bulletin for professionals. It also includes sources for training and informational support.
Did You Know?
Only three states currently have laws regarding a minimum age for leaving a child home alone, and depending on the state’s child protective policies, doing so could be considered neglect. Read more about what to consider before leaving your child home alone, and get state-specific links in this guide, Leaving Your Child Home Alone.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway will be at these upcoming conference(s). Please stop by and see the team. Be sure to visit Information Gateway's conference calendar to view and/or submit upcoming events!
August 8-10, 2018: North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) Annual Conference, Saint Paul, MN
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
The Center for States recently launched the Change and Implementation in Practice series, a collection of publications, videos, virtual events, articles, and other resources designed to help agencies achieve their goals for change and improvement.
Read the Change and Implementation in Practice: Overview brief to learn how the series can be useful for agencies engaged in strategic planning (e.g., Child and Family Services Plan) and program improvement (e.g., Program Improvement Plan) to address federal requirements or undertaking internally driven initiatives and implementation efforts.
Check out the resources released in the series so far!
Problem Exploration: Using Data to Understand Child Welfare Performance and Underlying Issues
Theory of Change: Laying Out a Clear and Achievable Path to the Desired Outcome
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