• June 2011
  • Vol. 12, No. 5

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More Updates From the T&TA Network

The Children's Bureau's Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network continues to produce resources that can help States and Tribes in their work with children and families. Some recent resources are listed below:

  • Child Welfare Information Gateway summarizes the most recent national data from the Federal Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) in Foster Care Statistics 2009. The webpage introduces a new design that offers readers links to specific statistics found within the printable PDF version and highlights publications on similar topics:
  • The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) has scheduled its next Quality Improvement (QI) Peer Network discussion for June 9, 2011. Each call highlights State and county successes in a specific area and includes a discussion focused on barriers, challenges, and strategies. For more information on the QI Peer Network go to:
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (QIC-DR) has created and posted Disseminating Child Welfare Workforce Knowledge and Information to the Field, an annotated bibliography:
    www.ncwwi.org/docs/Dissemination_in_Child_Welfare_Briefing_Paper_Annotated_Bibliography.pdf (855 KB)
  • The National Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) has released a second request for applications for doctoral dissertation research support. The QIC-EC will award $25,000 for each of 2 years to a maximum of two advanced-level doctoral students. Application packets are due June 13, 2011:
  • The National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA) has added to its website webcasts and PowerPoint presentations from the September 2010 Policy to Practice Dialogue meeting, which focused on policy and implementation issues of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act:
  • The National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology (NRC-CWDT) will host a webinar June 9: "Social Media and Social Networking in Child Welfare." This webinar will give an overview of social media and social networking basics followed by examples and lessons learned from child welfare agencies’ use. Register:
  • The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) created a self-study assessment tool to help agencies review core principles of parent-child and sibling visiting, review overall agency readiness, assess administrative policies, and identify strengths and challenges in parent-child and sibling visiting practice:
    The NRCPFC also has developed a PowerPoint presentation on the basics of parent-child visiting, available here:
    www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/download/Visiting_ppt.pdf (600 KB)
    The NRCPFC also has posted on its website the teleconference, "Reinstating Parental Rights for Youth in Care." A companion PowerPoint presentation includes the eight States that have reinstatement statutes, additional resources, and a bibliography:
  • The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) has available on its website a list of full contact information for Independent Living coordinators for 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico:
  • The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (TA Center) will host a webinar June 16, 2011, titled "Expanding Systems of Care: Strategies for Large-Scale System Change." The webinar will share effective strategies for expanding the system of care approach based on the experience of the nine States, emphasizing specific strategies for large-scale system change. Find more information and register here:
  • The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) has published its TA Partnership Newsletter for April/May 2011. Among the articles' subjects are jobs for students with autism, peer parents, teen drinking, research on gang-involved youth, and more:

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