Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! April 2019
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Get Ready for National Foster Care Month 2019
Get ready for National Foster Care Month (NFCM) next month! Plan now to help educate the public on the need for strong communities that support strengthening families. This year’s theme, “Foster Care as a Support to Families, Not a Substitute for Parents,” highlights the importance of developing holistic responses to families in need to support reunification and prevent reentry into care.
Visit the NFCM 2019 website to find resources in three key categories:
You can also engage your community throughout May and help spread the word to your friends and colleagues! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and use the #NFCM2019 hashtag to stay connected to the conversation!
Podcast: A Path to Reunification Part 1
Listen to how the Center for Family Life, a neighborhood-based organization in Brooklyn, New York, practices a primary prevention approach to foster care by focusing on strengthening and stabilizing families. Julia Jean-Francois, co-director of The Center for Family Life, discusses how their integrated family and social services increase the likelihood of reunification.
New & Updated Publications
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect
Get ideas on how communities can strengthen families and keep children safe in this updated factsheet. Child abuse and neglect are preventable, and you can help.
Parent Education to Strengthen Families and Prevent Child Maltreatment
Parent education programming is an important part of local prevention efforts and can be funded by grants from the Children’s Bureau. Read about some of these programs and learn more about how parent education reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect.
About CAPTA: A Legislative History
The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), the key federal legislation addressing child abuse and neglect, was most recently amended in 2018. Read a summary on its legislative history.
Updated Resource Pages
What Is Prevention and Why Is It Important?
Research has found that successful child abuse interventions must both reduce risk factors and take steps to ensure the well-being of children and families. Use these resources to understand the impact of child maltreatment and the ways to prevent it.
Ecological Framework for Prevention
Family well-being is key to a healthy society. Learn about the benefits of an ecological framework for prevention.
Read about the standards for prevention programs and find out how to improve or develop support for families in your community to protect children.
Did You Know?
Research indicates that parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) can help caregivers positively respond to children with behavioral problems, reducing the risk of child maltreatment and improving parental stress. Learn more about this family-centered treatment and what to look for in a PCIT therapist in this updated factsheet, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals.
In this Month's CBX: Child Abuse Prevention Month
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 23—27, 2019: 35th International Symposium on Child Abuse, Huntsville, AL
April 24—26, 2019: 21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Washington, DC
April 29—30, 2019: Adoption Exchange Association (AEA) National Conference, Orlando, FL
April 30—May 2, 2019: National Lifespan Respite Conference, Buffalo, NY
May 1—3, 2019: 2019 Spring Continuing Education Conference for Social Workers, Charleston, WV
May 4, 2019: New Jersey’s 37th Annual “Let’s Talk Adoption” Conference, Piscataway, NJ
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
Strategic Planning in Child Welfare Resources
The Strategic Planning in Child Welfare series explores strategies for coordinating strategic planning efforts and meaningfully engaging stakeholders to establish a shared vision and goals for the future of your child welfare system.
Explore the latest resources below:
For more information and news from the Center for States, visit our website.
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