- April 2012
- Vol. 13, No. 3
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 posted two new publications:
- Working With Kinship Caregivers
- Supporting Reunification and Preventing Reentry Into Out-of-Home Care
- Working With Kinship Caregivers
- The National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center (AIA) will host the webinar "Creating an Effective Peer Model" with Paul Colson, Project Director, Peer Advanced Competency Training (PACT) Project at Columbia University, on April 3 at 1 p.m. (EST). The 90-minute session is $25 per person. To register, visit:
- The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NCROI) posted a video on its website: "Bringing Partners and Solutions Together." The 3-minute clip describes how NRCOI helps State and Tribal child welfare agencies develop long-term approaches to collaboration.
- The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) posted its latest (25-page) list of resources to support participants in the Leadership Academy for Middle Managers (LAMM). Thirty-three subjects are linked to groups of websites, reports, training materials, and more to help child welfare practitioners facilitate change in their agencies and practices.
http://www.ncwwi.org/docs/LAMM_Change_Initiatives_Online_Resources_Seattle2012.pdf (898 KB).
- The National Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System (QIC NRF) website is now located on the American Humane Association website. Many of its resources have been consolidated into a web-based toolkit, a nine-step developmental model created with the participation of the National Fatherhood Initiative, American Humane, and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law.
- The National Resource Center for Adoption (NRCA) published an addition to its Adoption Competency Curriculum trainer's guide, the module "Negotiating Title IV-E Adoption Assistance Agreements." The trainer's preparation manual includes title IV-E history, laws, and core components; a video for discussion; case scenarios; and more. There is a companion document with references and other resources.
http://www.nrcadoption.org/wp-content/uploads/TG-Negotiating-Title-IV-E-AA-1-2012.pdf (1 MB)
http://www.nrcadoption.org/wp-content/uploads/TG-Negotiating-Title-IV-E-AA-Reference-1-2012.pdf (795 KB)
NRCA announced that it will accept attendance applications through April 15 for its Minority Adoption Leadership Development Institute (MALDI). MALDI's curriculum aims to enhance the skills of potential leaders of color selected from State, Tribal, county, and regional child welfare systems.
- The National Resource Center for Child Protective Services (NRCCPS) published the Technical Assistance Report for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS). It describes NRCCPS's expansion of Oklahoma's original TA request and plans to build DHS's internal leadership and strengthen its practice model.
http://nrccps.org/documents/2012/pdf/Site_Report_January_Oklahoma_01202012.pdf (76 KB)
- The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) now offers a web section with resources on reinstating parental rights, including links to articles and information on State statutes and an NRCPFC teleconference.
NRCPFC also posted a webcast, "True Colors—Building Connections Between Youth in Care and Mentors." True Colors works within communities to ensure the needs of sexual and gender minority youth are recognized and met.
- The National Resource Center for Recruitment and Retention of Foster and Adoptive Parents at AdoptUSKids (NRCRRFAP) launched a new e-newsletter for child welfare professionals: The Information Corner. Its inaugural issue in February highlighted an article on postadoption behavioral issues and a resource guide, Working With African-American Adoptive, Foster, and Kinship Families. The issue is posted here:
- The National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) presented "Methods and Findings From the 2010 National Tribal Child Welfare Technical Assistance Needs Assessment" at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research. The abstract is posted here:
- The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) published the February issue of Youth Port featuring articles about internship and grant review opportunities, independent living plan toolkits, links to social action organizations of interest to youth, and more.
- The National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health (the Center) will host a webinar on April 19 focused on the difference between advocacy and lobbying activities. "What's Advocacy, What's Lobbying, and What's Plain Old Educating Our Policymakers?" is scheduled for 1–2:30 p.m. (EST).
- The Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health (TA Partnership) will sponsor two national affinity group conference calls. The call on April 5 is for system of care project directors and principal investigators. The call for youth coordinators and youth engagement specialists will be held on April 26. Both will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. (EST).
TA Partnership also will host a webinar, "A Youth Guide to Treatment and Treatment Planning: A Better Life," on April 11 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. (EST). Registration for this event will close April 10.
TA Partnership also posted the February/March issue of its newsletter, which features links to articles on fatherhood involvement, raising children in same-sex couples, funding opportunities, events, and more.