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April Is National Child Abuse Prevention Month
Join us in honoring National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2017. This year's theme, "Building Community, Building Hope," continues the community-based efforts to help protect children and youth and strengthen families. Visit the website to learn how to support meaningful and measurable change in children's well-being and engage families and communities in the prevention of child maltreatment. Explore and share resources, such as the 2016/2017 Prevention Resource Guide, the prevention video gallery, dozens of tip sheets, three activity calendars, and outreach materials that will help bring awareness and promote child abuse prevention. In addition, access the Protective Factors in Practice interactive exercises, which provide scenarios illustrating how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families experiencing stress. Child Welfare Information Gateway has also updated its web section on Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Looking for ways to engage? Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #PreventionMonth and #NCAPM2017!
Check out the 2017 Prevention Month website and take the survey!
2017 National Foster Care Month Website Now Live
The National Foster Care Month (NFCM) 2017 website launched this month with the theme "Empowering Caregivers, Strengthening Families." It focuses on recruitment and retention of foster parents and kinship caregivers. Visit the website to access resources specifically focusing on engaging and supporting parents, youth, foster parents and kinship caregivers, professionals, Tribes, and communities. The website also features real-life stories to inspire and share, graphics and social media tools to promote awareness, and the Foster Care Contacts page to connect with others in the foster care community.
You can also join the conversation online with the new NFCM Facebook campaign page! Share, post, and connect to resources, events, and colleagues through social media. Be sure to connect all your foster care posts with #NFCM2017 and #FosterCareMonth!
Check out the website and give us your feedback by taking our survey!
NEW Podcast Series: Protective Factors Part 1 & 2
Child Welfare Information Gateway recently released a two-part podcast series highlighting protective factors:
"Protective Factors Part 1" provides an overview of protective factors and helps listeners distinguish protective factors from risk factors. Guests provide examples of how child welfare professionals can recognize factors and work with parents and families to strengthen their protective factors.
"Protective Factors Part 2" takes a detailed look into a local agency's efforts to holistically implement a protective factors based approach. The conversation also focuses on how a public title IV-E agency and a policy organization collaborated to train and sustain the approach at all levels of the agency.
For more information or the complete list of current podcasts available, visit the Children's Bureau website.
New & Updated Publications
Child Maltreatment 2015: Summary of Key Findings
This factsheet presents summarized information from Child Maltreatment 2015, a report based on data submissions by State child protective services agencies for Federal fiscal year 2015. Statistics in the Child Maltreatment reports are based on data submitted to the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, a voluntary reporting system developed by the Children's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to collect and analyze annual statistics on child maltreatment.
Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities 2015: Statistics and Interventions
Using data from Child Maltreatment 2015, this summary presents statistics and information on child fatalities due to abuse and neglect in the United States during Federal fiscal year 2015. It includes national and State-by-State data as well as additional research and information on prevention and interventions.
In This Month's CBX
The April issue of Children's Bureau Express spotlights National Child Abuse Awareness Month and features articles on the dental and oral aspects of child abuse, recommendations for maintaining a strong and professional child protective services workforce, maltreatment estimates within U.S. military families, and Tribal prevention programs as well as other resources to help professionals prevent child abuse and neglect.
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Child Welfare Information Gateway will be at these upcoming conference(s). Please stop by and see the team, and be sure to visit Information Gateway's conference calendar to access and/or submit upcoming events!
April 25–26: 5th National Parent Attorney Conference, McLean, VA
April 26–28: National Association of Social Work - WV Chapter’s Spring Education Conference for Social Workers, Charleston, West VA
April 27: Virginia's Statewide Child Abuse Prevention Conference, Richmond, VA
April 27–28: 17th National Conference on Children and the Law, McLean, VA
May 2–4: National Health Outreach Conference, Annapolis, MD
May 3–5: The 24th Annual National Foster Care Conference, Daytona Beach, FL
Did You Know?
Information Gateway has a listing of National Child Abuse Prevention Partners Organizations. This list includes national organizations selected by the Children's Bureau to serve as partners in the national child abuse prevention initiative. This list is part of our Related Organizations web section, dedicated to providing contact information and websites for national and State organizations that offer information about child welfare. We currently offer more than 40 related contact lists to support child welfare professionals.
Updates from Capacity Building Center for States
The Center for States recently released the first factsheet in the Youth Engagement Blueprint Series: Viewing Young People as Organizational Assets. This new resource details one of the four pillars that comprise the overall "Youth Engagement Blueprint," which aims to encourage youth engagement at all levels of an organization.
The new factsheet highlights the importance of sustained involvement of young people currently and formerly in foster care, as they can bring meaningful insights through the sharing of their knowledge and lived experiences. Viewing young people as assets can provide benefits to an organization's evolving practices and policies as well as decision-making strategies around youth in care. The factsheet also offers guidance for implementing a youth engagement program or improving an existing one.
Check out the latest resource and the entire Youth Engagement Blueprint Series today on the Center for States' website.
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