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Blues and soul artist Janiva Magness to headline benefit
CWLA will host a benefit on Saturday, May 17, starring foster care alumni and international blues artist Janiva Magness. The event will take place during National Foster Care Month at the Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club, a beautifully restored former Art Deco theater in Maryland. Proceeds will support CWLA and the Foster Care Alumni of America, for whom Magness is an Ambassador. CWLA President/CEO Christine James-Brown states, "Ms. Magness is a beautiful and courageous example of how children and youth can overcome tremendous obstacles with the help of a loving caregiver. We are grateful for her support." Tickets and sponsorships are available at or by calling CWLA, 202-688-4157.
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Child abuse rises with income inequality
As the Great Recession deepened and income inequality became more pronounced, county-by-county rates of child maltreatment – from sexual, physical and emotional abuse to traumatic brain injuries and death – worsened, according to a nationwide study.
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Teens feeling stressed, and many not managing it well
USA Today
Teens across the USA are feeling high levels of stress that they say negatively affect every aspect of their lives, a new national survey suggests. More than a quarter (27 percent) say they experience "extreme stress" during the school year, vs. 13 percent in the summer. And 34 percent expect stress to increase in the coming year.
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A mature intellect focused on young minds
The Chronicle of Social Change
Last year, Patrick Gardner, the lead attorney in a landmark settlement substantially expanding mental health services for California's most vulnerable children, decided he needed a platform to ensure that those services were actually delivered.
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Adoption of same-sex partner's children allowed in Idaho
The Washington Post
So the Idaho Supreme Court concludes in In the Matter of the Adoption of John Doe & John Doe I (Idaho Feb. 10, 2014). More broadly, the court concludes that such a second-parent adoption doesn't require that the parties be married to each other, so that adoption of an opposite-sex partner's (or even friend's) children would be allowed as well, so long as the other requirements for adoption are met.
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  Risking Connection® - Trauma-Informed Care
Risking Connection® teaches a relational framework and skills for working with survivors of traumatic experiences. The focus is on relationships as healing and self-care for service providers. World-class onsite and online evidence-based learning that’s interactive and enjoyable.

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New Milwaukee program provides children in foster homes access to medical care
Journal Sentinel
To appreciate the importance of a new medical program for children in foster care that was announced at the Bureau of Milwaukee Child Welfare, consider what happened to Bregetta Wilson. Wilson was 13 when she was placed in foster care. She would remain in foster care until she turned 18 and aged out of the system.
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Minnesota faces penalties for failed placements of foster children
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Inside the mice-infested house where Thomas Stone spent much of his childhood, there was a closet just big enough to hold a small boy and his pet cat. On many nights, Stone would crawl there to hide from the sounds of his father's violent rampages. Stone recalls pleading with county social workers to move him to a different home. But each time he was removed to a nurturing foster-care family, he soon would be sent right back to his father's house in north Minneapolis.
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Chicago's homeless shelters work together to reach at-risk and young in brutal weather
Youth Today
With the polar vortex marking this winter season as one of Chicago's coldest in recent memory, the city's homeless youth are up against life-threatening conditions. Kids under the age of 18 are wards of the state, but as soon as youth become legal adults, they're expected to fend for themselves on the streets. Weather emergencies have brought homeless agencies and city officials together to prevent tragedy, but as public funds for homeless aid dwindle in the face of statewide financial hardship, resources are stretched thin when need is greatest.
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CWLA Advocacy Summit
May 6-8 ♦ Hilton Garden Inn, U.S. Capitol ♦ Washington, D.C.

More details coming soon… Save the date!

National Kinship Care Conference
Sept. 17-19 ♦ Royal Sonesta Hotel ♦ New Orleans, La.

CWLA's National Kinship Care Conference, "Building Communities of Caring for Children and Families", will feature sessions on kinship models of support, creative community and cross-system collaboration, effective research, data and evaluation efforts, and much more. Visit the conference website to check out all the exciting opportunities being offered and get registered today!


Just Like Me! – an innovative program provided to local foster teens by Family Support Services of North Florida (FSS) located in Jacksonville – was recently named one of 15 national youth initiatives making a critical difference in the lives of youth in foster care by the Center for the Study of Social Policy. Just Like Me! is a cultural arts education experience provided by FSS for 16 and 17-year-old foster teens, particularly those at higher-risk. The three-week summer camp focuses on music, dance, painting, writing and photography, which allows participants to explore their talents and interests, as well as engage in progressive lessons in self-reflection, self-expression, being supportive of others and how to work through past trauma. FSS CEO Lee Kaywork stated. "Our teens in foster care have benefitted tremendously from participating in this unique program, and we are proud of our staff for their creativity and diligence in developing a wonderful opportunity that results in so many positive outcomes."

Harris County Protective Services for Children and Adults (HCPS) in Houston recently received two grants from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. HCPS is one of five grantees statewide to receive a two year implementation grant for integrated health care. The implementation grant seeks to integrate medical, dental and behavioral health care that are child-centered and trauma focused, with a goal of aligning medical and behavioral components so that a child’s needs can be identified and viewed in a more comprehensive manner. The second is a planning grant to enable the Houston Alumni & Youth (HAY) Center to partner with community stakeholders including housing, education and workforce, in working with transition age youth. The HAY Center has provided transition services to youth aging-out of care and former foster youth since 2005.

Be sure you're signed up for CWLA's Children's Monitor, an online blog featuring updates and legislative alerts on federal activity regarding child welfare. Visit to view recent posts and sign up for email notification of new blog postings.


The William T. Grant Foundation recently announced the launch of a new research initiative on understanding programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The Foundation is accepting applications for research that focuses on ways to reduce disparities in youth's academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes. They have a particular interest in inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds. More information is available at funding opportunities.

The National Council on Crime & Delinquency will host its Conference on Children, Youth, and Families on May 14–16 in San Diego at the Town & Country Resort Hotel. The conference seeks to engage all systems working with children and families, including child protection, foster care, juvenile justice, and education — and forge stronger connections among them to better serve youth and families. For full conference details, please visit NCCD Conference.

The RAND Corporation recently released a new manual aimed at supporting home visiting program implementation, Getting To Outcomes® for Home Visiting. The publication describes a ten-step process that helps empower communities to better plan, implement, and evaluate home visiting programs, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes. The model presented is meant to provide specific guidance, yet be flexible enough to facilitate any home visiting program to support parents and their young children.

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