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.

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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


Published in Children's Justice Act

Resource Description

Discusses the importance of quality supervision that organizations can provide to staff members at risk for secondary traumatic stress (STS). This fact sheet identifies the core competencies for supervisors providing formal support to workers who are exposed to secondary trauma. It is intended to be a developmental assessment for supervisors, to help identify areas of need, and to guide the user to resources to strengthen those areas of competency.

Published in 2018
Published in Children's Justice Act
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 07:11

Complex Trauma Standardized Measures

Resource Description

Is a table of standardized measures that are appropriate for children and families dealing with complex trauma.

Published in 2018 - National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Published in Data & Technology


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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Published in Children's Justice Act

This guide is intended to equip State, Tribal, and Territorial child welfare managers and administrators — as well as family support organizations — with current information about effective strategies for developing data-driven family support servicesi and research findings to help them make the case for implementing and sustaining these services. Download the Support Matters guidebook.

This guide was created by AdoptUSKids.

Attaining legal permanence is not always about finding a new family. In some instances, it is about legally re-defining roles of existing family members or establishing legal relationships with other adults who have a family-like relationship with children through guardianship. Although different from adoption, the adjustment to these newly defined responsibilities can be just as complicated, including the need to address children’s trauma and the changes in family dynamics. Social service professionals can better serve guardianship families by learning about the dynamics of the family’s permanent relationships, factors that influenced their decision-making in choosing the guardianship option, and how those decisions might affect the family’s current situation. Data on children exiting to guardianship from foster care can be found at https://www.acf.

Download and/or access the factsheet.

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.

Published in Parents' Attorneys

This guidebook was created through a partnership with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and Louisiana Department of Health. The State of Louisiana has participated in several policy academies, consortia and innovative projects to help guide the integration of behavioral health services into physical health in order to enhance services and improve patient care. Louisiana's participation in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovations Accelerator Program for Substance Use Disorders (IAP/SUD) is just one example of a collaborative effort for stakeholders to come together to address substance use disorders (SUD) and related conditions.

This Toolkit has been approved the the Louisiana Perinatal Commission, which will serve as a partner for statewide dissemination and integration into future projects and initiatives. 

This guide is intended for use in medical settings, but may have a broader use as a reference guide.

Link to Toolkit: 

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