Chronicle of Social Change - April 19, 2019

"We work in a field in which those who only know it vicariously believe we are on the wrong side," said one keynote speaker, Martin Guggenheim, a professor of law at New York University. "We work closely with parents who lose the most precious thing in the world (their children} and they lose it to a regime in which the people taking that away from them celebrate their victory.

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/uncategorized/aba-parent-conference-child-welfare/34610

Published in Parents' Attorneys

CNN - April 19, 2019

Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.

https://chicagocrusader.com/number-of-children-going-to-er-with-suicidal-thoughts-attempts-doubles-study-finds/

New Foster Parents Gain Experience with Incremental Challenges

Policy & Practice - April 01, 2019

The new foster parents are ready for their first foster children. Seemingly, there should be no hesitation. But are these brand new foster parents really ready for any foster child? From a social work and legal perspective, would it be acceptable to put a young sibling group into a foster home if the parents have little or no parenting experience? There is a giant learning curve from licensed foster parent to successful foster parent and it is the obligation of the licensor and case managers to ensure that new foster parents are not overloaded beyond their capabilities.

http://yeshiva.imodules.com/s/1739/images/gid10/editor_documents/new_foster_parents_gain_experience_with_incremental_challenges.pdf?sessionid=c0111e53-2cd9-4e52-952f-371237a9b6c1&cc=1

 

Youth Today - April 22, 2019

Youth homelessness is a pervasive problem throughout the United States, and its rate has steadily risen over the years. According to the Center for American Progress, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are disproportionately affected by homelessness compared to their percentage in the overall population.

https://youthtoday.org/2019/04/homeless-lgbt-youth-how-we-can-fight-their-invisibility-including-youth-of-color/

FRIENDS Resource of the Month: April Edition

Meaningful Parent Leadership: Building Effective Parent/Practitioner Collaboration

Newly Revised Parent Leadership Guidebook is Available

Parent-Practitioner collaboration has many benefits for families and practitioners. For families, the benefits include opportunities to give input on the programs and services they receive, increasing their sense of personal achievement, and providing a model of leadership for their family and other families. For practitioners, the benefits are also significant. Parent-Practitioner collaboration can improve relationships between families and providers, as well as improve efforts to recruit and retain program participants.

Meaningful Parent Leadership: Building Effective Parent/Practitioner Collaboration is designed to provide guidance to Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) State Lead Agencies (SLA), and parents as well as other child abuse prevention, family support, and child welfare programs and organizations.

The guidebook helps participants to explore personal beliefs and practices around sharing leadership with parents and will help both parents and practitioners move toward more authentic partnerships.

Visit the FRIENDS website to download the guidebook here.

 

FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention - A service of the Children's Bureau

Published in Children's Justice Act

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws (Press release)

U.S. Department of Education - January 17, 2019

"This initiative will not only allow us to support children with disabilities, but will also provide technical assistance to help meet the professional learning needs of those within the system serving students," Secretary DeVos said. "The only way to ensure the success of all children with disabilities is to meet the needs of each child with a disability. This initiative furthers that important mission."

Also: Report: K-12 Education: Federal Data and Resources on Restraint and Seclusion: https://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-19-418T?utm_campaign=usgao_email&utm_content=topic_educa

https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-initiative-address-inappropriate-use-restraint-and-seclusion-protect-children-disabilities-ensure-compliance-federal-laws

Protective Factors in Practice Vignettes - Test Your Knowledge!

The following scenarios illustrate how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families who are experiencing stress. These vignettes may be used during training for new family support workers, as a learning tool when working one-on-one with parents, or to stimulate discussion at a parent or community café.

Scenarios: https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/preventionmonth/resources/protective-factors-in-practice/ 

Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:42

States Eye Tech Tools In Opioid Fight

CivSource - February 19, 2019

States are looking for innovative ways to manage the opioid crisis. From data sharing to outreach programs, all options are on the table. Opioid overdoses were tied to about 50,000 U.S. deaths in 2017 and many newly elected governors put the issue at the center of their campaigns. Oracle has recently launched a new tool that is designed to help local officials share information about treatment resources with those who are in need.

https://civsourceonline.com/2019/02/19/states-eye-tech-tools-in-opioid-fight/

Published in Children's Justice Act

Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/02/07/peds.2017-4211

https://goqnotes.com/62407/study-shows-lgbtq-youth-dont-fare-well-in-child-welfare-system/

Published in LGBTQ Youth

The attached article is an excellent summary of concerns about Child Abuse Pediatric practice with some strong and well-grounded recommendations for improvements in practice (including recommendations that are consistent with Diane Redleaf's book <https://www.abc-clio.com/ABC-CLIOCorporate/product.aspx?pc=A5865C>and the report on Medical Ethics Concerns in Physical Child Abuse Investigations <https://www.familydefensecenter.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Medical-Ethics-Concerns-in-Physical-Child-Abuse-Investigations-corrected-reposted.pdf>.

It was written by Andrew Brown who co-chairs United Family Advocates and Diane Redleaf and leads child and family advocacy at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Andrew has been involved in legislative reform efforts in this area and in child welfare generally in Texas and it is exciting to see this area of our work starting to get some significant attention.

Diane Redleaf

 

Author, *They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families At Risk (ABC-Clio (Praeger, October 2018);*

 

Founder, Executive Director, Legal Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago IL(2005-2017);

 

Principal, Family Defense Consulting: providing consultation to attorneys and advocates in the child  welfare system, expert witness services, individual advice and referrals to families, and public speaking and writing on topics related to family rights and issues in the child welfare system;

 

Co-chair, United Family Advocates (national policy advocacy coalition);

 

Award-winning non-profit leader.

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