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Strengthening Your Data-Driven Approach to Recruitment
One of the key themes that we hear from child welfare systems is the need to improve the use of high-quality data to inform recruitment plans and efforts. Based on our work with state, tribal, and county child welfare systems, we have developed new resources to help systems build their capacity to use data — particularly data on foster and adoptive families — effectively.

Building Capacity for Interjurisdictional Placements Update on National Pilot ICPC
The November issue of Children’s Bureau Express contains information on the National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) pilot currently being implemented by the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliate, the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC), in partnership with the Children’s Bureau at the Administration for Children and Families. The NEICE project is designed to reduce the time involved to arrange placement of children across state borders by using an electronic processing system to exchange all of the necessary information and documents between states. APHSA and AAICPC are finding initial results from the pilot to be promising and are exploring options for national implementation of the system.

Resources on Interjurisdictional Placements

Visit our website to find a variety of resources to assist your work with interstate placements and other efforts across jurisdictional boundaries. The materials there include:

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AdoptUSKids’ Find a Family Tool (registration required)

AdoptUSKids has a database of almost 4,000 profiles of families who are home studied and approved to adopt a child or sibling group from foster care. With a simple click of a button, you can find hundreds of potential matches for children and youth on your caseload by cross matching their needs and preferences with those of families in our database. This free feature is available to both public and private child welfare agencies that register with AdoptUSKids.

Policy Brief on Implementing the Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard

The idea that foster parents and other caregivers should be guided by a “reasonable and prudent parent standard” when deciding whether to allow children and youth to participate in activities is a key element of the recent movement to promote developmental “normalcy” for children and youth in out-of-home care. A requirement that states will implement this standard is among the provisions of the recent federal child welfare legislation, the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (H.R.4980), signed into law in September 2014. To provide information that may be useful to states as they implement this policy, The Center for Social Policy has released A Guide for States Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (PDF – 987). The brief makes recommendations to promote implementation of the law in a way that benefits the well-being of all children and youth, with special attention to the needs of youth who are pregnant and parenting and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ) youth.

International Perspective on Parental Contact for Children in Foster Care

A 2013 practice paper on child welfare decisions by the Barnardos agency in New South Wales, Australia, addresses decisions about visits and other contacts with birth family for children and youth in foster care. Contact Between Children in Permanent Foster Care and Their Parents and Family (PDF – 295 KB) discusses the factors that various stakeholders consider when making decisions about frequency of contact, location of visits, transportation, supervision, who should be included in contact, and handling problem situations that may arise during visits.

Data on Adoptions with Public Child Welfare Agency Involvement

The Children’s Bureau has released data on adoptions from the foster care system during federal fiscal years 2004 to 2013. The report provides information on the number of adoptions each year for each state and Puerto Rico.

Disproportionality and Disparities of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care

A report available from the Williams Institute of the UCLA School of Law describes the results of a research study that investigated rates of disproportionality and disparities of sexual and gender minority youth age 12-21 in foster care in Los Angeles County. The study found that about 1 in 5 of the youth identified as LGBTQ. The youth were found to mirror the ethnic and racial makeup of all youth in care, but were twice as likely to report poor treatment and were also more likely to live in group care and to have experienced a greater number of foster placements than other youth.

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Program Instruction on the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act

The Children’s Bureau has issued a new program instruction, ACYF-CB-PI-14-06, to provide instruction on some of the changes to Title IV-E plan requirements as a result of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. Read more

State Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents

Cover for Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster ParentsA new Child Welfare Information Gateway publication compiles state laws and policies for licensing or approving family foster homes, including standards, training requirements, the approval process, and reasons for not approving applications. The factsheet, Home Study Requirements for Prospective Foster Parents, is current as of March 2014. Read more

Birth Parents Advisory Committee Recommendations

Casey Family Programs and the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds have released a set of recommendations representing the perspective of birth parents on ways to strengthen the child welfare system. A Vision for a Better Child Welfare System: Birth Parents Advisory Committee (BPAC) Recommendations Report 1 (PDF – 1.9 MB) is the first in a series of reports to that will be produced by this group of parents from across the country. Read more

Updating Your Browser for Better Access to NRCDR and AdoptUSKids Resources

We have noticed that many state agency staff are still using old versions of Internet Explorer (IE) — versions IE 8 and earlier — to access the AdoptUSKids website.


Accessing adoptuskids.org and other websites using these older browser versions has significant drawbacks, including not being able to view newer websites and Web-based applications. For example, the new AdoptUSKids Family Intake Tracking Tool will not reproduce accurately for Internet Explorer version 8 and earlier.


We understand that some agencies have to use older browsers for various reasons. If you are not able to upgrade to a more recent version of IE, another option would be to install an additional browser, if allowed by your agency, such as Chrome or Firefox, and then switch to your older IE browser for in-house intranet Web applications as needed.


To find out which version of Internet Explorer you are running, follow these simple steps:

  1. On your browser menu, click on help.
  2. Select “about Internet Explorer.”
  3. The browser version will be displayed in the information screen.

If you are running IE 8 or earlier we strongly suggest that you explore options for working with your IT department about upgrading to the most recent version of Internet Explorer (version 11 is the last one Microsoft released) or installing Chrome or Firefox as an alternative browser.

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