Published: 2019
Available from: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
URL: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/dcfs-child-fatality-cases/
PDF: https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/Systemic-Review-Critical-Incidents.pdf 

This Review identifies systemic factors that contributed to child deaths and critical incidents among children whose families received Intact Family Services (Intact) from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. It identifies opportunities to make structural, procedural and cultural shifts in the delivery of services that aim to prevent foster care placements. Chapin Hall offers strategic recommendations to IDCFS for the short, medium, and long term to refine programs and policies so they are better aligned with positive outcomes and best practice approaches.

Author(s): Minton, Sarah.;Giannarelli, Linda.
Published: 2019 

This report presents findings from an analysis of six U.S. social safety net programs that are means tested and provide regular monthly benefits. The programs include: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; public or subsidized housing; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and child care subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program.

https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/99674/five_things_you_may_not_know_about_the_us_social_safety_net_1.pdf 

Published: 2019
Journal Name: Insights (California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership)
v. 17, Part 1, Summer 2019, p. 1-16
Available from: California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership
http://www.co-invest.org/external link(opens in new window)
925 L Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
Printable version (PDF): http://co-invest.org/wp-content/uploads/Insights_XVII_June2019_Final.pdf external link(opens in new window)
Abstract: This brief explains children and families coming into contact with the child welfare system are often those with the most acute, severe, and persistent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Many children and youth not only suffer from neglect and abuse in the home, but are also affected by racism, poverty, and the legacy of historical, multigenerational trauma

THE ROLE OF CHILD WELFARE PROFESSIONALS AND PARTNERS

CANTASD is funded by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSP233201400025C. The comments and information shared in this report do not represent the official views of, or endorsement by, CANTASD, the Children’s Bureau, ACYF, ACF, or HHS. Child welfare professionals and partners often work with highly vulnerable children and youth—those who have, or are at risk of, developmental disabilities or delays. Early identification of developmental disabilities or delays is critical for a child’s health and well-being. When disabilities and delays are caught early, steps can be taken to improve the child’s short- and long-term outcomes. Early identification and intervention also can reduce family stress and ensure that parents have the help they need to support their children effectively. Child welfare professionals and partners play an important role in this effort.

This brief provides information on the importance of early identification of developmental disabilities and delays and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources and tools can support child welfare professionals, parents, and caregivers in early identification and intervention. Additional resources around early childhood development, screening, and support for parents are also included.

https://cantasd.acf.hhs.gov/wp-content/uploads/CDC-Learn-Signs_508.pdf

 

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ABA Journal - August 13, 2019
Resolution 115C, declaring that the Indian Child Welfare Act is constitutional, was easily approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday. The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978 to address the fact that states remove Indian children from their parents at high rates. Because those children were not often placed with members of their own tribes, that high rate was hurting tribes' ability to pass on their cultures to the next generation.

Also: Editorial: ICWA ruling a victory for tribes: https://www.tahlequahdailypress.com/opinion/editorials/editorial-icwa-ruling-a-victory-for-tribes/article_d70b9f12-6d72-5de7-a80b-3064a3f7ea6c.html

http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/the-indian-child-welfare-resolution-115C

 

On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed into law the landmark bipartisan Family First Prevention Services Act, as part of Division E in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892). Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care, emphasizes the importance of children growing up in families and helps ensure children are placed in the least restrictive, most family-like setting appropriate to their special needs when foster care is needed. Family First builds on the original version of the bill passed in the House of Representatives in June 2016 (H.R.5456).

Please click the attachment to read the full article prepared by the Children's Defense Fund.

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"Earlier this summer the Children’s Bureau convened teams of up to ten individuals from every state, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands to chart a new course for child welfare in the United States: strengthening families through primary prevention of child maltreatment and family disruption. The teams included representatives from the state child welfare agency, the legal and judicial community, and prevention partners. The main purpose of the meeting was to discuss and begin planning what child welfare system partners can do together to support primary prevention—to work upstream to address the root causes that make foster care necessary in the first place."

The full document is attached so that you can review the full article by Commissioner Jerry Milner and David Kelly.

Fall 2018 - National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Published in Judges
Monday, 06 May 2019 12:52

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

The Capacity Building Center for States’ (the Center’s) new series, Strategic Planning in Child Welfare, presents practical information including guidance and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning.

These resources can help identify opportunities for coordination between the Child and Family Services Plan/Annual Progress and Services Report (CFSP/APSR) and Child and Family Services Review/Program Improvement Plan (CFSR/PIP) processes and internal agency continuous quality improvement (CQI) work. They also provide practical guidance related to CFSP development, including the meaningful involvement of stakeholders.

Series Resources

Guidance and tools provided in the series can help agencies coordinate between Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs), Program Improvement Plans (PIPs), Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs), Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs), and internal continuous quality improvement (CQI) work.

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We want to share this quick 5-minute overview with you about the Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys that was co-authored by Jennifer Renne and Theresa Roe-Lund. We use this textbook and the bench cards in our Safety Decision Making courses that we host in Louisiana. We offer a one-hour webinar and a 6 hour class periodically. Click for the video link.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:03

Introduction to "The Safety Guide"

We want to share this quick 5-minute overview with you about the Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys that was co-authored by Jennifer Renne and Theresa Roe-Lund. We use this textbook and the bench cards in our Safety Decision Making courses that we host in Louisiana. We offer a one-hour webinar and a 6 hour class periodically. Click for the video link.

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