E-Notes, the monthly newsletter from the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids.
Strategies to Recruit and Retain Families
Child Welfare Information Gateway Resources on Kinship Care Child Welfare Information Gateway offers many ideas and tools to help agencies and practitioners strengthen their work with relatives and other kin of children in or at risk of out-of-home care. For example, the Resources for Managers of Kinship Care Programs website section provides information for managers and administrators planning and implementing a kinship care program or services to grandparents and other relative caregivers. The website section includes links to materials on legislation and policies, standards, evidence-based practice, funding, training, and cross-system collaboration.
A new Gateway factsheet, Placement of Children With Relatives, (PDF - 627 KB) discusses State laws that give priority or preference to relatives when children are in need of out-of-home placement. The factsheet addresses topics including locating relatives, determining the fitness of a relative to provide care, requirements for licensure, and the financial and other supports available to relatives providing care. The factsheet also covers requirements for placing siblings together whenever possible and adoption by relatives and includes summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories.
Perspective on Family Finding A new publication from Child Trends shares the experiences and input of stakeholders directly involved with the Family Finding model of family search and engagement for children and youth involved with child welfare. Voices from the Field: Stakeholder Perspectives on Family Finding (PDF - 260 KB) presents the information gathered from surveys and interviews with judges, guardians ad litem, family finding specialists, and national Family Finding experts. Key themes emerging from all of the stakeholder groups include: Family is important; family involvement is not always easy; family dynamics matter; relatives need more support; and program structure can support permanency.
State Policies on Foster Care Licensing Waivers A 2010 publication from the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Bar Association reviews federal and state policy related to licensing of relative foster homes and eligibility for Title IV-E reimbursement. Relative Foster Care Licensing Waivers in the States: Policies and Possibilities (PDF – 180 KB) also provides examples of state policies related to licensing flexibility, waivers, and procedures.
More Resources for Engaging and Supporting Kin
Many of our resources are designed to support your work with relatives as well as recruited foster and adoptive parents. A great place to start is our collection of Family Retention Tools including tip sheets on customer service and other materials on developing effective supports for all caregiving families.
Tools You Can Use
The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) recently created the Framework for Managing with Data, a tool to assist agencies in using data, at all levels, to improve outcomes for children. Developed with the input of child welfare data and program managers, the Framework describes each phase in the planning and implementation process, with links to more detailed information and tools. The process outlined in the Framework includes:
Step 1: Define an Area of Focus and Key Questions.
Step 2: Use Data to Explain.
Step 3: Use Data to Select Strategies and Tools.
Step 4: Design and Implement Plan.
Step 5: Use Data to Monitor/CQI.
Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability A Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on trauma-informed child welfare practices to increase placement stability for children in out-of-home care is detailed in a report available from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).Using Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice to Improve Placement Stability: Breakthrough Series Collaborative (PDF – 1.2 MB) describes the background of the project and the strategies and promising practices that were tested, implemented and sustained by nine teams from around the country. Practice themes addressed by the teams included knowledge building and developing practice; trauma-informed mental health screening and assessment; case planning and management; externally delivered trauma-informed service; and partnerships among child welfare systems and cross-system collaboration. The report also discusses challenges and lessons learned, recommendations, and opportunities for the future.
Evaluation Report on Permanency Roundtables Project An evaluation report from Casey Family Programs on a multi-state effort using Permanency Roundtables to promote permanency for youth in out-of-home care is now available. The Multi-Site Accelerated Permanency Project Technical Report: 12-Month Permanency Outcomes (PDF – 1 MB) discusses the strategy utilized to serve 726 older youth in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, and Ohio in 2010, including progress towards permanency as measured 12 months later. Rates of achievement of legal permanency ranged from 0% to 26% across the four jurisdictions. The report notes the variance could be explained by many factors, including case selection criteria, leadership, and policies. The report includes recommendations for practice and policy, beginning with the need to focus on permanency early and throughout a child’s placement.
The Children’s Bureau has launched of a new website for Children’s Bureau Express (CBX). Published monthly, CBX covers news, issues, and trends of interest to professionals and policymakers in the interrelated fields of child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. Read more
Tribal Title IV-E Programs
The February 2014 issue of Children’s Bureau Express includes an article describing the options available to Tribes for participation in Title IV-E funding. The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 authorized federally recognized Tribes, Tribal consortia, and Tribal organizations to apply to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to receive Title IV-E funds directly for foster care, adoption assistance, and, at Tribal option, for guardianship assistance programs. The legislation also authorized grant funding to assist Tribes in the development of Title IV-E Plans. The Children’s Bureau anticipates awarding five development grants in 2014. Additional details can be found in the funding forecast for the development grants. Read more
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