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We Can Help You Get Ready for National Adoption Month 2017
Celebrate National Adoption Month this November and call attention to the professionals and families making a difference in the lives of teens. Time-saving outreach materials on the National Adoption Month 2017 website can help spread the word in your community.
Help your community get ready for National Adoption Month by circulating press releases, social media posts, and videos and podcasts that share personal journeys of youth and families involved in adoption.
Join the conversation online on Facebook and Twitter with #NAM2017.
Emergency Response Resources: Preparing, Responding, and Recovering
Prepare your agency for disasters with an emergency response plan. Federal law requires state child welfare agencies to develop disaster plans. A proper response involves creating plans, preparing to implement those plans, and, if needed, recovering in the aftermath of a disaster. Visit these resources to learn more:
- Disaster Preparedness & Response: Learn how to develop comprehensive disaster preparedness plans to ensure your agency responds to emergencies quickly and effectively to protect children and families. Resources are organized by stage to help agencies prepare before a disaster, respond in the immediate aftermath, and recover to promote longer-term reconstruction and healing.
- Disaster Planning for Child Welfare Agencies: Read about why child welfare agencies should develop disaster plans, what goes into developing a plan, and what other states and communities have done.
New Podcast: Diligent Recruitment: Regional Resource Navigators
Listen to "Diligent Recruitment – Regional Resource Navigators," the second in a two-part podcast series on diligent recruitment. Hear how the New Mexico Regional Resource Navigator program assigns navigators to work exclusively with specific regions of the state to guide families through all the assessment and licensing steps. By enhancing communication and developing relationships between navigators and prospective foster families, the program intends to increase the number of available foster families throughout the state.
Information Gateway podcasts are available on the Children's Bureau website.
New & Updated Publications
State Statutes Series: Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions
Find out how other states designate jurisdications and venues for adoption proceedings. "Jurisdiction" refers to the type of court given the authority to hear adoption cases; "venue" refers to the court's geographic location. Summaries of laws for all states and U.S. territories are included.
Related publications: Adoption Options: Where Do I Start? and Who May Adopt, Be Adopted, or Place a Child for Adoption?
State Statutes Series: Consent to Adoption
Compare how states regard the proper execution of consent when placing a child for adoption. Consent refers to the agreement by a parent, or a person or agency acting in place of a parent, to relinquish a child for adoption and release all rights and duties with respect to that child.
Learn about how states determine persons who must consent to a child's adoption, the child's consent to his or her adoption, timeframes for consent, and guidelines for revocation of consent. Summaries of laws for all states and U.S. territories are included.
Related publications: The Rights of Unmarried Fathers and Grounds for Involuntary Termination of Parental Rights
State Statutes Series: Making and Screening Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect
Compare state laws and regulations that specify the procedures state child protection agencies must follow when responding to reports of suspected child abuse or neglect.
Read about how each state determines individual responsibility to report, the content of reports, screening reports, investigation procedures, timeframes for completing investigations, and the classification of investigative findings. The publication also addresses special procedures for handling cases involving child fatalities and drug-exposed children. Summaries of laws for all states and U.S. territories are included.
Related publications: Differential Response to Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect, Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect, and Cross-Reporting Among Responders to Child Abuse and Neglect
Factsheet for Families (Spanish): De la queja a la resolución: entendiendo el proceso de reclamos del sistema de bienestar de menores (From Complaint to Resolution: Understanding the Child Welfare Grievance Process)
This factsheet provides parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers information about the best way to resolve their differences with a service provider or other child welfare professional. Since child welfare agency policies and procedures are state-specific, this factsheet presents information from a national perspective and points to additional resources about where to find information for your state. This comprehensive factsheet addresses the majority of complaints associated with the child protective services system. This publication is also available in English.
Related publications: State vs. County Administration of Child Welfare Services, How the Child Welfare System Works, and Understanding Child Welfare and the Courts
In this Month's CBX
The spotlight for the October 2017 issue of Children's Bureau Express (CBX) is on collaboration and data sharing. This issue explores cross-collaboration between early intervention and child welfare systems, a model intervention that promotes infant-caregiver attachment and improved parenting capacity through collaboration, and a roadmap for strengthening data linkages between the foster care and education systems. To read this issue, visit https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/.
Subscribe to CBX at https://www.childwelfare.gov/subscribe/.
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!
October 17–20: International Conference on Innovations in Family Engagement, Vail, CO
October 19–22: Council on Social Work Education 63rd Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX
October 24–26: JuST Conference, New Orleans, LA
October 28–31: 29th Annual National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth Conference, Chicago, IL
November 7–9: Together We Can Conference, Lafayette, LA
Did You Know?
States develop their own realistic job previews (RJPs) to demonstrate what to expect when working in their child welfare agencies. RJPs present both the rewards and demands of child welfare positions in order to align applicants' expectations to the requirements of child welfare work, improve the fit between the applicant and the job, increase job satisfaction, and reduce staff turnover. RJP videos and related materials can be used within the hiring process, trainings, and social work education settings to prepare students for the realities of child welfare work.
Check out the RJP video for your state!
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States: New Interactive Learning Resources on CapLEARN
The Capacity Building Center (CBC) for States recently launched two new interactive training resources on CapLEARN, the Children's Bureau's virtual learning site. Both resources include videos and discussion guides that individuals or teams can use together or individually to gain insight and build skills.
The Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families learning experience provides resource parents' firsthand accounts of the impact of supportive and collaborative partnerships and offers opportunities for participants to further explore this issue.
The Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families learning experience is part of the CBC for State's suite of resources and tools addressing quality contacts. It features a six-part video series that provides examples of quality contacts; identifies elements of quality contacts before, during, and after visits; and explores ways the supervisory relationship can improve practice.
Register for a free CapLEARN account today to access these resources and the complete course catalog. For more information and the latest updates from the CBC for States, visit their website.
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