E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
Strategies to Recruit and Retain Families
As child welfare managers know, Federal law prohibits the use of jurisdictional barriers as a justification for delaying or denying permanency for a child. Even so, many practitioners find the process of achieving a placement across State lines – sometimes even across in-state regions or counties – to be a daunting one. We have a variety of services and tools to demystify the process, support your efforts in working across jurisdictional boundaries, and help your agency embrace interjurisdictional placements as a positive option for achieving permanency. Our resources include:
Our Interjurisdictional Materials You Can Use section will link you to several helpful resources including an agency readiness assessment; a video featuring professionals sharing their stories and expertise regarding interjurisdictional placements; and ICPC checklists for sending and receiving States.
When you visit our website, you will also find links to other organizations that can offer resources and information for effective interjurisdictional placements.
Tools to Help You
Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), First Focus, and the ABA Center on Children and the Law have released a new practice brief, Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in Child Welfare. The brief highlights the effects of trauma on children, identifies models and examples of trauma-informed practices and programs, and outlines recommendations for action by child welfare systems, courts, advocates, and staff. Its recommendations include: educate stakeholders about the effects of trauma on children and families, as well as effective trauma-specific treatments; ensure that children entering the child welfare system are screened and assessed for trauma; refer children to appropriate evidence-based, trauma-specific treatments; provide information and trauma-related services to birth families and caregivers; and encourage stakeholders to collaborate to form a cohesive, integrated community approach to addressing trauma.
Findings from a Long-Term Study of Child Abuse and Neglect LONGSCAN is long-term study of critical issues in child abuse and neglect, conducted by following a large group of children and their families until the children become young adults. The study was initiated in 1990 and is funded in part by the Children’s Bureau. The research is coordinated by the University of North Carolina Injury Prevention Research Center, which has released a summary of key findings and implications (PDF – 856 KB) related to: 1) safety and health (identification, witnessed violence, multiple exposures, neglect, psychological maltreatment, suicide); 2) permanency (instability in permanent placements, safety in permanent placements, multiple forms of instability); and 3) well-being (role of the father, social support, a public health approach).
Child Welfare Workforce Strategy The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute has released A Comprehensive Workforce Strategy to Advance Child Welfare Outcomes (PDF – 442 KB). The report compiles the workforce issues identified by a group of State and county agency leaders, university partners, Children’s Bureau staff, and national consultants. It also outlines recommended strategies for developing the child welfare workforce of the future. The publication identifies and discusses key steps in effective workforce planning.
Social Media Tips for Staff, Youth, and Foster Parents Three new tip sheets from Child Welfare Information Gateway provide information and advice about the use of social media tailored to different child welfare audiences: Youth in Foster Care (PDF – 164 KB), Foster Care Workers (PDF – 168 KB), and Foster Parents (PDF – 164 KB). Each tip sheets describes the advantages and challenges that may be encountered when using social media and provides recommendations for safety and effective practice.
News and Announcements
2013 Adoption Excellence Award Winners Announced
The Children’s Bureau has announced nine recipients of Adoption Excellence Awards for 2013. The Children’s Bureau established the Adoption Excellence Awards in 1997 to honor States, local agencies, private organizations, courts, businesses, individuals, and families for their work in increasing adoptions from foster care.
The National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA) has launched Adoption Tapestry, a collection of audio adoption stories from across the country. The site allows the listener to hear children, youth, and adults describing their adoption experience in their own words. NRCA plans to continue adding stories to the map throughout the year so that there is eventually a story from every State in the nation.
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