Saturday, 11 August 2018 19:54

2018 Prevention Resource Guide

The 2018 Prevention Resource Guide, compiled by the Children's Bureau, has many resources, handouts to copy and share and is in both English and Spanish. 

Published in Children's Justice Act

The All Children - All Families Webinar Series kicks off tomorrow, August 1st at 3:00 PM ET with our introductory 90-minute offering on LGBTQ competency for child welfare professionals. This webinar, along with our two other core offerings on serving LGBTQ parents and LGBTQ youth, will be presented live monthly from August to March and available on demand. All three core webinars provide 1.5 CE credits from NASW at a cost of $40/webinar. Click here to register and learn more about purchasing CEs. Note: Employees at ACAF participating agencies are eligible for a 50% discount on CEs. If your agency participates in ACAF, ask your team’s ACAF leads for the discount code to submit at time of purchase. Not sure if your agency is eligible? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or request to participate today.

Looking for in-person staff training? ACAF’s 3-part training series is also eligible for NASW CE credit -- up to 18 hours! Learn more at Sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign.

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Attached a new fact sheet from Women's Refugee Commission, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Center on Immigration and Child Welfare that addresses frequently asked questions about separated children, parental rights, and the state child welfare system.

There is contact information therein if you have questions.

Thank you.

Scott Trowbridge, JD

ABA Center on Children and the Law

1040 Connecticut Ave 4th floor

Washington, D.C. 20036


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Provides key points related to traumatic separation and immigrant and refugee children, adapted from the NCTSN fact sheet Children with Traumatic Separation: Information for Professionals.

2018 National Child Traumatic Stress Network


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Resource Description

Provides tips for current caregivers and others to help address the needs of immigrant and refugee children who have experienced traumatic separation. The relationship with a parent is critical to a child’s sense of self, safety, and trust. Separations from parents and siblings— especially under sudden, chaotic, or unpredictable circumstances such as those related to war, refugee, immigration, or detention experiences—may lead children to develop depression, anxiety, or separation-related traumatic stress symptoms. This tip sheet outlines what children of different ages might be experiencing and how caregivers and others can help.

Published in 2018 - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
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Study: Half of Kids Born to Teen Moms in Foster Care Will Wind Up in Foster Care Themselves

Chronicle of Social Change - June 25, 2018

Half of children born to mothers in foster care will also enter into the child welfare system by their second birthday, according to a study published in this month's issue of the journal Pediatrics. The intergenerational cycle of foster care is a well-known phenomenon to advocates and child welfare workers, but new data illustrates the significance of this pipeline into foster care.

Also: Study: The Cycle of Child Protection Services Involvement: A Cohort Study of Adolescent Mothers:

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SAMHSA Child Mental Health Event Promotes Trauma-Informed Approach

Psychiatric News (American Psychiatric Association) - June 08, 2018

Mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development. That was the message highlighted this year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) during National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day last month. To mark the day, SAMHSA hosted a special event at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., under the theme “Partnering for Health and Hope Following Trauma.” The event brought together governors’ spouses, senior federal officials, and organization executives representing the fields of primary care, behavioral health, and child welfare, including APA and the APA Foundation, for an interactive town hall. The event also featured trauma survivors, youth who had experienced mental illness, and their family members.

"Young people who have experienced trauma are more likely to develop mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and substance use disorders, McCance-Katz said. "We also know that trauma increases the probability that young people will develop physical problems like cardiovascular diseases later in life." Trauma, she said, includes adverse childhood experiences such as sexual, physical, and other kinds of abuse.

A new report by SAMHSA indicates that 82 percent of children receiving community-based mental health services have had traumatic experiences. After receiving services through SAMHSA’s Children’s Mental Health Initiative (CMHI), which addresses the needs of children, youth, and young adults with serious emotional disturbance, suicidal thoughts among those who experienced trauma decreased by 68 percent, and suicide attempts decreased by 78 percent. In addition, the number of arrests declined while school attendance and performance improved.

“Evidence-based, trauma-informed care models such as those supported by SAMHSA are effective in improving outcomes for children and youth,” McCance-Katz said.



Also: Improving Life Outcomes for Children with History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma (Press release):

Also: Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences (SAMHSA report):

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Measurable Success: Characteristics of Stronger Parent Representation that Improve Outcomes for Children
By Jaclyn Chambers, Eliza Patten, & Zabrina Aleguire

Executive Summary: 
Inadequate legal representation for parents presents a significant barrier to timely permanency for children in the child welfare system. Improved models of parent representation are arising across the country. These programs, which adhere to a core set of quality standards, are associated with improved permanency outcomes for children and reduce or eliminate the need for foster care in many cases. Policymakers, legislators, and funders should support the growth and continued evaluation of such models to determine the full measure of their potential to improve child well-being and to decrease overall system costs.

Full article attached. Thank you to Zabrina Aleguire and Mimi Laver for permission to post here.

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Evaluation of the Effects of a Mentoring Program for Youth in Foster Care on Their Criminal Justice Involvement as Young Adults

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - May 14, 2018

The evaluation of the "My Life" mentoring program for youth in foster care found less criminal offending in early adulthood among male participants.

Report: Extending A Randomized Trial of the My Life Mentoring Model for Youth in Foster Care to Evaluate Long-Term Effects on Offending in Young Adulthood:

Published in Data & Technology
Monday, 14 May 2018 10:49

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit


Resource Description

Teaches basic trauma-informed knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system who have experienced trauma. The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit also prides information on how to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them, their biological, and resource families.

Published in 2013

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