Child Welfare Information Gateway E-lert! November 2018
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In Their Own Words: Lifting Up Youth Voices
This November, we are honoring the potential of older youth in foster care to shape perceptions and practice in adoption. When teenagers contribute their insights, whether on youth advisory boards, peer networks, or elsewhere, they can inspire and inform adoption practice and policies, while building their own leadership skills.
Professionals in the child welfare field can identify opportunities to engage older youth and encourage them to share their unique perspective formally or informally. Visit the National Adoption Month website today and learn how to support the voices of older youth!
Help spread the word with these social media posts and join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter with #NAM2018.
Adoption Excellence Awards
This National Adoption Month, the Children’s Bureau has recognized three adoptive families, six inspirational individuals and three organizations/agencies for their achievements in establishing permanency for children and youth in out-of-home care. See this year’s honorees of the Adoption Excellence Awards on the Children’s Bureau website and join us in wishing them congratulations on Facebook and Twitter.
Podcast: Casework: What It Really Takes
Three former caseworkers share their best tips and strategies in the new episode of the podcast, "Casework: What It Really Takes."
This episode is full of key lessons for new caseworkers as they embark on their careers in child welfare. Learn about managing caseloads, how to develop valuable professional relationships, and how managers can be supportive.
Updated State Statutes
The State Statutes series provides a searchable database of more than 40 child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption-related statutes in every US state and territory. Compare or review topics ranging from legal definitions, adoption records access, infant safe haven laws, and more.
Recognition of Intercountry Adoptions Finalized Abroad
States differ on what is needed to establish residency and adoption recognition for children adopted outside of the country. Get an overview of the related federal requirements and understand what each state law requires in this factsheet.
Establishment and Maintenance of Central Registries for Child Abuse or Neglect Reports
Most states maintain a central database for reports of suspected child abuse and neglect. These registries help social services agencies in investigations and in conducting background checks on prospective foster and adoptive parents. See updated summaries on the various state requirements for maintaining central registries.
Updated Resource Pages
Searching for Birth Relatives
Many adopted people and birth parents or other birth relatives decide to search for one another at some point during their lives. This list of registries and related services is a good place to start. Share it with anyone who may be considering a search for birth relatives.
Transitioning Children From Foster Care to Adoption
Children adopted by their foster parents may have lived with them for a long time, but they might still need help when their status changes from foster child to permanent family member. Explore how to support children and families as they build a new type of relationships.
Transitioning Foster Parents to Adoptive Parents
Guide parents through the foster-to-adoption process with these resources highlighting what parents need to know, how to discuss the changes, and where to find supportive peer networks.
Did You Know?
An "instant family" isn't just for Hollywood! If the new movie starring Mark Wahlberg has you or someone you know wondering about adopting from foster care, we have resources to get them the basics. Approximately two-thirds of children in foster care also have a sibling in care, and often they are separated. Keeping siblings permanently together through adoption can give anyone a real-life "instant family!"
And for information on foster parenting, share "How Do I Become a Foster Parent?"!
In this Month's CBX: National Adoption 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!
December 5–7, 2018: 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime, Agua Caliente Reservation, CAL
Updates From the Capacity Building Center for States
The Center for States' Change and Implementation in Practice series is designed to help agencies achieve their goals for change and improvement. Visit the Series at a Glance page for a quick overview of current and upcoming resources in the series.
Upcoming Virtual Events!
For more information and news from the Center for States, visit its website.
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