Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! December 2017
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We Need Your Feedback to Improve National Adoption Month
As the 2017 National Adoption Month comes to a close, we'd like to thank you for your support this month and throughout the year. We'd also like to invite you to take a quick online survey to help us improve. Your feedback is invaluable and will help us enhance the 2018 National Adoption Month website.
Even though National Adoption Month is over, you can make a difference in your community anytime! Visit the National Adoption Month website to take advantage of the resources for professionals and families and youth, as well as sharable videos and podcasts. Stay connected by following us on Facebook and Twitter!
Supporting Successful Reunifications for Children in Out-of-Home Care
Read Supporting Successful Reunifications to help promote reunification of the families and children you serve. Family reunification is the most common goal for children in foster care. Find strategies today to help you meet this important goal.
Children in out-of-home care are more likely to be reunified with their birth families when child welfare agencies provide foster parents, birth parents, and children with appropriate supports and services. Learn about:
- The most common reasons reunification is successful—or not
- The parent support systems that help reunification and prevent reentry
- The Mockingbird Family Model for supportive out-of-home care and other examples
Find a list of related resources on Information Gateway's Reunifying Families webpage.
New Podcast: Family Group Decision-Making: Parent Advocates in New York City
Listen to our latest podcast, “Family Group Decision-Making: Parent Advocates in New York City,” to hear how parent advocates, who have past experience with the child welfare system, are using their knowledge to help support families in select communities within Family Group Decision-Making. Listeners will learn how New York City's Enhanced Family Conferencing Initiative expands the role for its parent advocates to work with families.
Information Gateway podcasts are available on the Children's Bureau website.
In this Month's CBX
The December 2017 issue of Children's Bureau Express highlights safety and decision-making and how child welfare workers have to evaluate and make fair, well-informed decisions related to risk, safety, case opening, substantiation, removal, and return that lead to the best possible outcomes for children and families involved in child welfare.
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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!
January 10–12: New Mexico Children’s Law Institute (CLI) 25th Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM
January 10–14: Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 22nd Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Did You Know?
We’ve recently updated our Glossary of child welfare terms beginning with letters B and C. Many child welfare terms are subject to interpretation, and our glossary helps identify commonly held definitions for terms found on our website. Find definitions for common acronyms and links to information on major federal legislation and related child welfare terms. The Glossary is updated as new terminology emerges, as new legislation is enacted, and as child welfare terms take on new meaning. Visit our glossary today and share this resource with your colleagues.
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
The Capacity Building Center for States (the Center) launched two new learning experiences (LEs), available on CapLEARN, that support cross-system collaboration with tribes and courts and focus on strategies to build positive working relationships and partnerships between state child welfare professionals and key partners in those systems.
- Collaborating With the Courts presents three e-learning modules on planning strategies for joint initiatives, collaborating throughout the continuous quality improvement process, and applying strategies to achieve outcomes.
Access these LEs and other Center resources on CapLEARN, the Center’s virtual learning site. For the latest Center updates, visit its website
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