E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
Strategies to Recruit and Retain Families
Resources for Trauma-Informed Care
Foster, adoptive, and kinship families have provided care for children who have experienced trauma long before the child welfare field developed an increased focus on trauma-informed practice. Today, there is an increased understanding about the impact of trauma on both children and caregivers. There is also an expanding array of resources to educate and support families as they care for children who have experienced trauma. As you seek to recruit and retain families who can meet the needs of children in foster care, you can build your child welfare system’s capacity to support those families by accessing resources on trauma and trauma-informed practice.
Materials to Conduct a Workshop on Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was established by Congress to improve access to care, treatment, and services for traumatized children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. One of the many resources the network offers is materials for conducting the workshop Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents. The curriculum for the workshop includes nine case studies of representative foster children ages eight months to 15 years old, and cases of secondary traumatic stress in parents. The design of the workshop allows a mental health professional and foster parent to be co-facilitators. The complete workshop package includes a facilitator’s guide, participant handbook, multi-part slide kit, and supplemental resources including facilitator guidelines, tips from experienced trainers, and tips on adapting the curriculum for birth parents. You can download the workshop package after registering for free on the network’s website.
Study and Infographic on the Impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Adults with a history of six or more adverse childhood experiences die an average of 20 years earlier than those without such experiences. The estimated lifetime cumulative costs associated with childhood maltreatment is $124 billion. These are among the findings of The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. This ongoing study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. To share information with the public, the CDC released an infographic that visually represents adverse childhood experiences, their frequency, their impact on personal health and well-being, and their toll on society.
Tools You Can Use
One-Page Research Summaries Related to the Child Welfare Workforce
One-page research summaries on 25 topics related to the child welfare workforce are now available from the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute. Each brief publication provides a synopsis of one or more relevant journal articles and describes the critical findings and implications for child welfare. The research summaries cover topics including supervision, recruitment and retention of staff, cultural competence, and rural and tribal child welfare.
Fostering Connections Factsheets
The Training and Technical Assistance Coordination Center (TTACC) has developed a series of eight factsheets to assist States and Tribes as they implement the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. Each factsheet offers a brief overview of the Fostering Connections Act’s provisions in the topic area, the allowable funding and costs for that area under the Act, and examples of the free training and technical assistance that the Children’s Bureau’s National Resource Centers and Implementation Centers can give States and Tribes in that area.
The factsheets cover topics including:
Developing and negotiating tribal Title IV-E plans and agreements
Implementing a guardianship assistance program
Maintaining sibling connections
Relative notification and waiver of non-safety licensing standards for relatives
Understanding adoption incentives, adoption assistance, and the Adoption Tax Credit
News and Announcements
Children’s Bureau Express Spotlights Denver’s Village
The current issue of Children’s Bureau Express features a profile of Denver’s Village: Wrapping Families with Community Support, one of eight diligent recruitment grantees funded by the Children’s Bureau for a five-year period beginning in 2008. The project was implemented by Denver Human Services in collaboration with several community partners including Fresh Start, Lowry Family Center, Sisters of Color, Denver Indian Family Resource Center, and the YMCA. The University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work is conducting the project evaluation. Denver’s Village has four major primary program components: recruitment and retention of resource families, permanency and concurrent planning, utilization of data to guide its work, and an agency cultural shift toward meaningful community engagement. We have additional information about Denver’s Village available on our website, including project highlights and products.
Risk of Placement Following a Maltreatment Investigation
Nearly one-fourth of children in families investigated for maltreatment were placed out of home at least once in the 18 months following the close of the investigation, according to data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). Among those placed out of home, 72.6 percent had one placement, 18.9 percent had two placements, and 8.5 percent had three or more placements. The oldest children in the study (13 to 17 years old) had a higher number of average placements than younger children.
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act
The Uninterrupted Scholars Act of 2013 allows school districts to more easily release information to child welfare agencies to promote continuity of education for children and youth in out-of-home care. This Uninterrupted Scholars Act factsheet (PDF – 76 KB) from the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education provides basic information about the new law.
Promoting Social and Emotion Well-Being: New Report
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