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NRC for Diligent Recruitment Is Here to Support You

NRCDR home page You may have heard that the national resource centers are expected to finalize work by Sept. 30, 2014. It is important to note that the National Resource Center for Diligent Recruitment at AdoptUSKids is funded through federal fiscal year 2017. We are actively accepting requests for technical assistance (TA) and remain available to provide TA beyond Sept. 30.

Transracial Adoption and Foster Care

Family portrait of happy transracial family Many children in foster care are placed at some point — either for foster care or adoption — with a family that is of a different race. The Child Welfare Information Gateway has compiled multiple resources on transracial foster care and adoption that can be helpful to agencies as well as to families. The Gateway Web page on cross-cultural issues in foster care provides resources on issues of race and culture in out-of-home care, including parenting tips to enhance child development. Another Gateway website section contains materials on supporting transracial and transcultural adoptive families, including state and local examples and a collection of articles and publications designed for use by families.

More Resources for Transracial Foster and Adoptive Parents

To help foster and adoptive parents meet the needs of their children, several agencies and organizations have created or collected resources that offer practical advice and parenting strategies. Examples that can be explored as a starting point include:

  • Cover for Transracial Parenting in Foster Care and AdoptionTransracial Parenting in Foster Care & Adoption - Strengthening Your Bicultural Family (PDF – 524 KB) is a guidebook developed by the Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association (IFAPA). The guide is designed to help parents and children in transracial homes learn how to thrive in and celebrate their bicultural family, and to help children gain a strong sense of racial identity and cultural connections.
  • The New York State Citizens’ Coalition for Children offers materials including personal essays from adoptees and non-adopted siblings; articles from professionals offering guidance for people raising (or considering raising) children in multicultural families; and a selection of online resources on multiethnic adoption and parenting issues.
  • What My White Parents Didn't Know and Why I Turned Out OK Anyway, by April Dinwoodie and Barry Chaffkin, can be found online in the Fall 2013 (PDF – 659 KB) issue of the Adoptalk newsletter, published by the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC). NACAC also makes available other resource materials to help current or prospective parents think about the role of race in children's lives and help build their children's sense of racial or cultural identity.
  • Pact has created a large number of articles on many aspects of transracial parenting that include day-to-day parenting tips as well insight on the experience of transracial adoption. On Nov. 12 the organization is hosting a webinar on the topic: Transracial Adoption — Should We Consider It, Are We Prepared?

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Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has published the most recent edition of the Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care Technical Assistance Bulletin (PDF – 2 MB). The bulletin uses the most current (for fiscal year 2012) Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) data and 2010 census data to calculate disproportionality indexes nationally and for every state. The bulletin compares rates between 2000 and 2012 to identify changes that have occurred over the past decade in the overrepresentation of children of color in the foster care system.

Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute 2014 Foster Youth Internship Report

Cover for Shaping Tomorrow with Today's MindsEach year, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) selects a group of young people who have spent time in the foster care system to serve as summer congressional interns. The interns participate in retreats, advocacy trainings, and networking opportunities with experts in the child welfare field. They conduct research on child welfare policy issues and prepare reports that share their personal experiences, detail their research findings and make policy recommendations. Recently, the 2014 interns participated in a congressional briefing to share the results of their research and outline the policy changes they endorse. CCAI compiled their reports in Shaping Tomorrow with Today's Minds: Applying Updated Solutions to an Outdated System (PDF – 4.1 MB).

Research on Gaps in Support Services for Kinship Foster Parents

An analysis of national child welfare data found that kinship foster parents accessed fewer services than non-relative foster parents, as described in the new report Related Foster Parents Less Likely to Receive Support Services Compared With Nonrelative Foster Parents (PDF – 410 KB). The study was conducted by Wendy Walsh and Marybeth Mattingly of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. They found that the service gap existed for relatives who were licensed as foster parents as well as for informal or unlicensed kinship caregivers. Over a six-month period, relative caregivers were found to be less likely to receive training, use respite care, or participate in peer support groups.

Co-Facilitating a Trauma Curriculum for Resource Parents

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has released two new podcasts to assist trainers of its curriculum, Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma: A Workshop for Resource Parents. The Reason We Use Co-Facilitators With Lived Expertise, by Katie Jackson, and Tips on Preparing for a Presentation Blending Clinical Reasoning With Real-Life Experiences, by Beth Barto and Diane Lanni, provide information on how resource parents and mental health clinicians can work together to successfully prepare and deliver the trauma curriculum for resource parents. A free registration on the NCTSN website is required in order to access the curriculum, podcasts, and other learning materials.

Permanency Pathways for Older Youth

A curriculum designed to improve permanency outcomes for older youth in care has been made available by the National Center for Child Welfare Excellence at the Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work. Making it Possible — Permanency Pathways for Older Youth in Care was created to “shift long held assumptions about what can and cannot happen for older youth in care and provide concrete steps for achieving positive permanency outcomes.” The curriculum includes a facilitator’s guide (PDF – 463 KB) and participant notebook (PDF – 1.4 MB).

The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect

Report cover for The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and NeglectA new report from the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) reviews research on the impact of childhood maltreatment on physical and mental health into adulthood and makes recommendations for policy and practice strategies to address the risks to child and adult well-being. The report, The Biological Embedding of Child Abuse and Neglect: Implications for Policy and Practice (PDF – 795 KB), is based on the proceedings of an expert panel meeting convened by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), in partnership within the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, with the National Institutes of Health, DHHS. A two-page brief (PDF – 565 KB) with key findings is also available.

Research on Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences

Child Trends Research Brief cover for July 2014A recent research brief (PDF – 496 KB) from Child Trends addresses the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), including child abuse, economic hardship, parental divorce or separation, and other potentially traumatic event or circumstances. The brief shares the frequency with which parents reported exposure to ACEs for their children in the 2011/12 National Survey of Children’s Health. The report estimates the national frequency of eight specific ACEs and also reviews information by state, by type of adverse event, and by age group.

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National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise Pilot (NEICE)

The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and the Association of Administrators of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (AAICPC) are managing a 17-month pilot project currently underway to improve efficiency in the administration of the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC). The NEICE pilot uses an electronic Web-based system that is based on a system developed by the state of Florida. The project is supported by a Partnership Fund for Program Integrity Innovation grant administered by the Children’s Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more

2014 KIDS COUNT Data Book

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released the 25th annual edition of the KIDS COUNT Data Book. The publication assesses child well-being nationally and across all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The jurisdictions are ranked using an index of 16 indicators and in four domains: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community. Read more

Factsheet for Caregivers on Supporting Children with Histories of Complex Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Complex Trauma Collaborative Group has released a new fact sheet (PDF – 176 KB) targeted specifically at caregivers. It provides information to help them recognize the signs of complex trauma, offers recommendations for what the caregiver can do to help a child heal, and shares tips for self-care. Read more

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