Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! August 2017
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Human Trafficking Resources for Agencies and Caseworkers
Information Gateway launched two new Bulletins for Professionals to help child welfare agencies and caseworkers respond to human trafficking and to identify and support its victims:
Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Child Welfare Agencies explores how state and local child welfare agencies can support children and youth victimized by human trafficking as well as those at risk for future victimization. It details federal legislation and initiatives, strategies agencies can implement to address potential trafficking—including examples of programs and policies—and steps they can take to support children who have already been victimized.
Human Trafficking and Child Welfare: A Guide for Caseworkers looks at how child welfare caseworkers can identify and support trafficked children and youth and prevent the most vulnerable youth from becoming future victims. The bulletin provides background information on human trafficking, specific strategies caseworkers can use in identifying and supporting victims, and tools and resources to help them in this work.
New Podcast: Collaborating Between Child Welfare and Mental Health
In the latest podcast, "Collaborating Between Child Welfare and Mental Health," listeners will hear about a joint training and collaborative effort that occurred outside Baltimore, MD, designed for child welfare and mental health professionals to better understand each other by sharing target outcomes for children and families, developing a common language to care, understanding each systems' particular needs, and learning how to recognize and assess signs and symptoms of potential mental health disorders. This joint training, developed from a grant from the Children's Bureau, addresses both sides of the child welfare/mental health relationship, leading to increased permanency while supporting clinical strategies and behavioral goals.
For the full description or to listen to any Information Gateway's podcasts, visit the Children's Bureau website.
New Video: Dads Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement
Information Gateway recently added a new video to the Building Community, Building Hope collection called "Dad's Rock! Nurturing Father Engagement." "Dad's Rock!" follows fathers on the journey to deepen their bonds with their children and the professionals working to improve father engagement. Research indicates children have increased positive outcomes when dads are involved, and yet all too often, agencies struggle to attract fathers to their services, and fathers face unconscious bias that keeps them at arms' length. Highlighting the work of the Children's Trust of Massachusetts Fatherhood Initiative, this film takes viewers into home visits with dads, father support groups, and professional men's family service providers' groups. The 11-minute video provides insights into working differently with dads and addressing existing biases. Watch this and other videos in the Building Community, Building Hope collection at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/communities/bcbh/.
New & Updated Publications
Forensic Interviewing: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
Forensic interviewing is a means of gathering information from a victim or witness for use in a legal setting, such as a court hearing. It is a key component of many child protective services investigations. This factsheet provides child welfare professionals with a brief overview of forensic interviewing so they can better understand how such interviews affect their practice with children and families.
Child Maltreatment Prevention: Past, Present, and Future
This issue brief looks at how child maltreatment prevention efforts have grown and changed substantially over the last half century and discusses the importance of prevention as a critical component of the nation's child protection system. It outlines programs and strategies that are reducing the likelihood of child maltreatment, such as public awareness efforts, parent education, home visitation, and community prevention efforts. Key challenges and opportunities for the future of child maltreatment prevention are addressed.
Extension of Foster Care Beyond Age 18
This factsheet presents state laws regarding the options available to youth transitioning to independent living, including the ability to voluntarily extend their placement in out-of-home care. The requirements for remaining in placement and the programs and services available to support the transition to independence also are discussed. Summaries of laws related to these issues for all states and U.S. territories are included.
In this Month's CBX
The July/August issue of Children's Bureau Express spotlights engaging fathers. This issue features articles about how involved fathers can lead to better outcomes for their children, how responsible fatherhood programs can benefit from fathers' accounts of the challenges of coparenting, how community-based organizations can address challenges to fathers and their children and provide solutions in their fatherhood programs as well as a three-part podcast series that explores partnerships between child welfare agencies and community fatherhood organizations that work toward engaging fathers and paternal-side family members.
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 access and/or submit upcoming events!
August 29–31: Child Protection Summit, Orlando, FL
Did You Know?
Information Gateway has a dedicated section for Spanish resources. Our resources are designed to support professionals in their work with Spanish-speaking families and community members. Selected publications on child abuse and neglect, prevention, adoption, and more are available in both Spanish and English. Access the entire catalog by visiting https://www.childwelfare.gov/spanish/#tab=general.
Updates from the Capacity Building Center for States
New to the Child Welfare Capacity Building Center for States website: Quality Matters: Improving Caseworker Contacts With Children, Youth, and Families, a new collection of resources to help child welfare workers build knowledge and skills on how a quality contact is defined; what individuals and agencies can do to improve the occurrence of quality contacts; and how data sources and information technology teams can equip agencies with the information needed to plan, prepare, and monitor quality contacts.
The Center recently released the first resource, "Defining Quality Contacts," which provides a foundation for understanding what quality contacts look like, why they are important, and how a child welfare agency can prepare for their successful implementation.
Stay tuned for updates as the Center releases new resources in the collection!
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