The Networker
Oct. 16, 2013

CWLA Membership is for everyone

CWLA Membership provides engagement in a national network that advances best practices and improves outcomes for children, youth, and families. CWLA Membership affords participation in a national advocacy voice and agenda, and leadership in promoting the safety, permanence, and well-being of children and youth.

Child abuse, lack of parental warmth linked to health risks in adulthood
Social Work Today
The effects of childhood abuse and lack of parental affection can last a lifetime, taking a toll both emotionally and physically. There are many reports assessing the psychological damage resulting from childhood abuse, and the effects on physical health have also been well documented. More

16 states have shielded more juveniles from adult system since 2011
The Chronicle of Social Change
Legislation in nearly one-third of states has passed since 2011 that prevent at least some juvenile offenders from involvement in the adult system, according to a report released by the Campaign for Youth Justice. "We are seeing state policy makers making change based on solid research and public opinion," said CFYJ Policy Director Carmen Daughtery. "The research shows that past policies didn't work to increase public safety or reduce juvenile crime."More

Brain development differs in children who stutter
A new study by a University of Alberta researcher shows that children who stutter have less grey matter in key regions of the brain responsible for speech production than children who do not stutter. More

Aging out broke: It's about to get real
In this still-lousy economy, staying in school is one of the few ways you can boost your chances of getting a job. It's no secret that foster kids, on average, don't do as well in school as their peers. That's because we get moved so much and have to switch schools. More

Students learn abuse prevention, safety through puppet show
The Lexington Dispatch
Third-graders at Pickett Elementary School in Lexington, N.C., learned how to deal with serious situations and who they could talk to through a puppet show. The Charity League of Lexington has been putting on the Abuse Prevention and Safety Awareness Puppet Show for over 30 years in an effort to bring awareness to specific scenarios children might find themselves in and what they can do about it.More

How to cope when school anxiety lingers
U.S. News & World Report
Back in August, those jitters seemed normal. Sure, your kid was worried about who she'd sit with at lunch, how he'd handle the workload or what her friends would think about her first-day outfit. It wouldn't be the start of a new school year without some nerves, right? But now we're a month in, and the anxiety still hasn't tempered. More

Raising the age of foster care: Some lessons from early expanding states
The Chronicle of Social Change
Twenty states have implemented an extension of foster care past the age of 18 since the 2008 passage of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act, which guaranteed federal reimbursement for approved versions of such extensions. Eighteen of those 20 plans have been approved so far. It is an experiment certain to be marked by trial and error. Housing and engaging young adults — some with mental health issues or disabilities, others with children — is new territory for many child welfare agencies and their private partners.More

Severe child maltreatment injuries and fatalities: A serious public health and child welfare concern
Children's Voice Online
In FY 2011, 51 U.S. states reported a total of 1,545 child fatalities. Based on these data, a nationally estimated 1,570 children died from abuse and neglect. This number is considered to be an under-count, according to the 2011 U.S. Government Accountability Office report on child maltreatment and fatalities. Though we have made significant strides toward keeping children safe in this country, we cannot fully or adequately address the issue of child fatalities until we know the full scope of the problem. More

Managing aggression in children
Psych Central
Once you have tried the various non-pharmacological approaches to aggression, you will have to turn to what is generally the second choice — using medications. In this article, a practical approach to choosing and prescribing medications for childhood aggression is discussed.More

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University and the Brookings Institution recently released their fall 2013 issue of "The Future of Children, Military Children and Families". The nine articles in this issue aim to promote effective policies and programs for military-connected children and their families by providing timely, objective information based on the best available research. This journal issue also has an accompanying Policy Brief.More

The National Foster Parent Association

The National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) has announced a "Call for Presenters" for the 2014 NFPA/FSFAPA National Conference to be held June 5-8, 2014 at the Caribe Royale in Orlando, FL. The theme for this joint conference is "Launching Tomorrow’s Dreams Today." Conference attendees include foster, adoptive, and kinship care providers along with child welfare agency staff. The submission deadline is Nov, 15.More

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies

The Institute of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies recently released "New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research". This new report concludes that while there has been great progress in child abuse and neglect research since the last report 20 years ago, a coordinated, national research infrastructure with high-level federal support needs to be established and implemented immediately. The report identifies four areas to look to in developing this coordinated research enterprise: a national strategic plan, a national surveillance system, a new generation of researchers, and changes in federal and state programmatic and policy response.More

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Minnesota recently released the Fall 2013 issue of CW360°, "The Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability: Focus on Parents". This issue explores issues impacting parents with disabilities and/or mental illness who are at risk of involvement or who are involved in the child welfare system. It is intended to provide practitioners with the broadest understanding of the strengths and challenges, unique assessment and service needs, and environmental factors faced by these families.More

The CWLA Career Center

The CWLA Career Center has the child welfare talent you’re looking for. Log in today to find the best applicants!

Three tips to make sure your jobs are exposed to qualified professionals:

  1. Reduce dependence on mass job boards that deliver a flood of unqualified applicants.
  2. Create pre-screening questions directly on the CWLA Career Center to make sure you only look at qualified resumes.
  3. Use niche job boards like the CWLA Career Center, which put your job in front of ONLY relevant candidates.

New York City Administration for Children's Services

The New York City Administration for Children's Services (ACS) continues to be a leader in promoting affirming and supportive care for LGBTQ youth and families. ACS recently launched a comprehensive training program for all internal staff and contract foster care agency providers on delivering LGBTQ competent services and ACS' LGBTQ-specific policies, including its incident/inquiry reporting procedure. This year, ACS launched a new LGBTQ Web page, which includes information regarding the newly-formed LGBTQ Youth Advisory Council and a Know Your Rights - LGBTQ palm card that will be distributed to all youth in care. ACS also held their inaugural LGBTQ & Ally Foster Care Awards where they recognized outstanding youth advocates, foster parents, staff, and community partners for their work on behalf of LGBTQ youth and families.More

Since 1913, the Children's Aid Society

Since 1913, the Children's Aid Society in Birmingham, Ala., has been finding homes and building families for children and youth who have been neglected, abused, or who are otherwise at-risk. To position itself for the next century of service, CAS will open a new Center for Youth and Families. The Center for Youth and Families will allow CAS to continue its scope of work, respond to emerging needs, and expand existing programs, as well as offer new services. The new location for the Children’s Aid Society Center for Youth and Families will bring the agency closer to the city center, the interstates, many of their nonprofit service partners, homeless shelters, and bus routes, making them more accessible to the community and the children and families they serve.More

National Kinship

PRIDE Implementation Training
Nov. 12-15 ♦ Long Beach, Calf.
PRIDE is a competency-based model of practice to develop and support resource (foster and adoptive) parents. This training opportunity is designed for anyone responsible for the recruitment, assessment, pre-service training, and selection of foster and adoptive parents, and for foster parent retention.
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National Kinship Care Conference
Sept. 17-19, 2014 ♦ New Orleans, La.
Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families is the theme for this one-of-a-kind conference that will address how best to support kinship families, from policies and programs to services and best practices. Visit the CWLA National Kinship Conference website for program highlights and updates. Early registration will be open soon!More