Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! April 2018
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Get Ready for National Foster Care Month 2018
It's almost here! Join the Children's Bureau, along with Child Welfare Information Gateway, in celebrating National Foster Care Month (NFCM) 2018! This year's theme, "It's All Relative: Supporting Kinship Connections," highlights the importance of developing and supporting prospective and current kinship and foster caregivers. This month, join us in acknowledging the importance of kinship and foster caregivers by developing your capacity to support them! Visit the NFCM 2018 website to find resources designed to engage parents, youth, foster parents, relative caregivers, guardians, professionals, tribes, and communities in supporting children in foster care. There, you can also learn how to engage your community throughout the month of May and help to spread the word to your friends and colleagues!
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Podcast: A State's Social Worker Shortage Prompts a Transformational University-Agency Partnership
"Workforce Part 3 – Child Welfare Scholars" highlights a success story from North Dakota where the University of North Dakota School of Social Work partnered with state and local agencies to improve the support system for child welfare professionals while also meeting the needs of a statewide workforce crisis. The Child Welfare Scholars program takes advantage of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute grant to provide students with financial assistance, employment opportunity, and a learning format suitable for working professionals. Listen to Carenlee Barkdull, the chair of UND's Social Work Department, and Vincent Roehr, who works with tribal communities and is a student in the program, share their strategy and experience in this episode of the podcast.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway Podcast Series is available on the Children's Bureau website.
New & Updated Publications
NEW: The Indian Child Welfare Act: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
This factsheet provides caseworkers who respond to the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families with an overview of the current issues and practice implications impacting these communities. Read more here.
Rural Child Welfare Practice
This issue brief reviews the unique needs and strengths of children and families in rural communities. It includes resources to help child welfare professionals ensure the safety and security of rural children. It was updated in February of 2018 and it is available on the website or as a PDF download here.
In this Month's CBX
The April issue of Children's Bureau Express spotlights primary prevention, which seeks to break the cycle of child maltreatment and prevent the removal of children from their homes by addressing the root causes of the problem and strengthening the resiliency of families. https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/
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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!
April 24, 2018: 2018 Virginia Child Abuse Prevention Month Conference, Henrico, VA
April 26–27, 2018: Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) National Conference, Washington, DC
April 30–May 2, 2018: The Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development Conference, Denver, CO
May 2–4, 2018: 2018 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers, Charleston, WV
Did You Know?
If you are looking for information on any state statute, we have a resource for you! Need to know the legal definition of human trafficking in New York? Or want to review the laws for accessing adoption records in South Carolina? Use our searchable database to find the most current information on that statute. It is organized by state and topic, and updated regularly.
New for Grantees
Sustainability Planning for Children's Bureau Discretionary Grantees
This guide offers an outline to help organizations sustain their successful interventions. It includes a series of questions to direct strategy, a list of common planning mistakes, and the key components to achieving positive outcomes. There are also tips for effectively using the sustainability planning worksheet. Planning for sustainability is especially critical in grant-funded programs, and there is significant evidence to suggest this planning tool works well for both grantees and federal project officers. Related publications: Effective Dissemination Worksheet for Children's Bureau Discretionary Grant Planning
Sustainability Planning Worksheet for Children's Bureau Discretionary Grantees
This tool was created as a fillable worksheet to guide grantees in assessing and developing their sustainability plan for their projects.
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
NEW! A Data-Driven Approach to Service Array
The latest guide from the Capacity Building Center for States, A Data-Driven Approach to Service Array, supports administrative leaders in states and jurisdictions in using data to assess and improve their service array. The guide offers step-by-step guidance and tools that can help child welfare agency staff build capacity to work collaboratively across systems and use data to ensure the availability, accessibility, and effectiveness of services to meet the needs of the children and families being served. Use the accompanying resource, the "Service Array Data Inventory Sample Worksheet," to see one example of how a jurisdiction might organize information for conducting a data-driven service array assessment. The worksheet also can be integrated into an existing process to initiate conversation among service array assessment teams.
Visit the Center's website for more information and news.
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