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Enhance your competencies with CWLA training opportunities

CWLA has numerous learning opportunities for you to experience this summer and fall:

New Generation PRIDE Model of Practice Implementation of Hybrid Training

Supervising for Success Training

Media Literacy and Internet Safety Seminar — Impact of Social Media and Technology on Today's Society and Youth

Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers Training

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Jailed teens more likely to drop out, return to prison as adults
Teens who are sent to jail tend to have far worse outcomes later in life than teens who avoid serving time for similar crimes, according to a new study by a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The study, which looked at the long-term outcomes of tens of thousands of teenagers in Illinois, shows that juvenile incarceration, by itself, lowers high-school graduation rates by 13 percentage points and increases adult incarceration by 23 percentage points.
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In Hollywood, foster care teens try to defy burden of trauma, cycle of low graduation rates
The Associated Press via U.S. News & World Report
Tucked below the Hollywood sign, on a street where tourists stop to pose for pictures, is Beachwood House, a pale blue two-story home for foster kids without one. It's known as the place you go if you are good. There is no high-security, gated entrance. No 24-hour psychiatrist on staff. Instead, teenagers who haven't been adopted or placed in a suitable individual home get the sort of care a mom or dad might provide: Allowances, tutors and transportation to school.
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Pay therapeutic foster parents as professionals
The Chronicle of Social Change
Just about everyone seems to agree that too many young people in foster care are spending too much time in congregate care, group homes and larger residential programs. The Obama administration has proposed requiring an initial justification that a congregate care placement is appropriate for a child, as well as renewed justification every six months that such a placement is still necessary.
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Sharing data key to improving foster care outcomes
Government Technology
States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face and improving student success, according to a report by the Data Quality Campaign and the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education. The report details which states (currently 24, plus the District of Columbia) securely link K-12 data systems with foster care data systems to provide foster care students with crucial supports like assisting with timely enrollment.
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Foster care ... inspiring potential in all of us
The Huffington Post
Rhea Perlman, actress and advocate for children, writes: "With over 400,000 children in the foster care system today it's often difficult for children over thirteen to get out of the system and into a "forever" home. Gloriously, some do succeed. With that in mind, I'd like to introduce the story of Mary Lee who beat those odds and how her story can help us think about think differently about children in foster care. It's all about potential. The potential of foster youth. The potential for a successful system."
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Webinar — Challenges and Lessons Learned in Child Welfare and Behavioral Health Coordination
June 25, 2015 — 3-4:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar presents information on how state/county child welfare and behavioral health authorities are addressing the behavioral health needs of children and families in and at risk of child welfare involvement. Participants will hear what is taking place nationally and in New Jersey and California. Reserve your spot at Webinar Registration.

Webinar — The Impact of Social Media and Technology on Our Most Vulnerable Population
June 29, 2015 — 3-4:30 p.m. EDT
This webinar will provide an introduction to the impact of social media and technology on today’s society. It acknowledges the positive advancements that have been made yet poses thought provoking dialogue about the dangers and risks to which children are exposed when social media and internet use is not properly managed. Topics discussed will include: internet safety, cyberbullying, media marketing and advertisement, music’s impact on values and behavior, and the desensitization of violence via video games. Reserve your webinar seat at Webinar Registration.

New Generation PRIDE Model of Practice Implementation of Hybrid Training
CWLA and are collaborating to strengthen the quality of family foster care and adoption service. The new generation of the PRIDE Model of Practice pre-service preparation and assessment program integrates the strengths of in-person group sessions, family assessment (home study) consultations, and online self-paced training to meet the needs of diverse families and agency resources. For full training details, please visit:

July 6-10, 2015 — New Brunswick, NJ

Aug. 10-14, 2015 — Fort Worth, TX

Nov. 16-20, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA

Supervising for Success Training
Supervising for Success is an interactive, skill-building three-day course that focuses on the essential practice elements of the functions of supervision. Unlike other trainings and seminars, this course is designed to enable new and experienced supervisors, and middle managers to learn and enhance their competencies implementing evidence-based skills to provide guidance appropriate for individual staff; promote engagement and commonality of approaches between levels of management to achieve organizational goals; enhance supervisor and middle manager skill in leading for development of collaborative partnerships in supervision; and create opportunities for supervisor-supervisee relationships that support coordinated and effective team functioning. For full training details, please visit:

July 13-15, 2015 — Fort Worth, TX

Aug. 19-21, 2015 — New Brunswick, NJ

Oct. 21-23, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA

Media Literacy and Internet Safety Seminar — Impact of Social Media and Technology on Today's Society and Youth
CWLA and Welcome 2 Reality, LLC are collaborating to increase awareness regarding and strengthen skills in responding to vulnerabilities of youth, especially youth in care, related to social media and internet safety. An examination of the impact of social media and technology on today’s society, including its influence on young people’s perceptions of reality, reveals significant risks for the unaware. This seminar provides realistic, cost-effective strategies to identify vulnerabilities and protect youth that can be immediately implemented by social workers, educators, and caregivers. For full details, please visit:

July 16-17, 2015 — Fort Worth, TX

Aug. 17-18, 2015 — New Brunswick, NJ

Oct. 19-20, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA

Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers
CWLA's Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers: A Competency-based, Research to Practice Training Program for Child Welfare Workers and their Supervisors aims to help public and private child welfare agencies recognize the contributions of kinship caregivers and support kinship families. This program embraces a model of practice that provides a shared vision, mission, objectives, values, strengths-based language, and best practice strategies to achieve outcomes in the best interests of children and families. This training identifies nine major issues of concern and five competencies essential for collaborating with kinship caregivers, and demonstrates specific collaboration practice tools and strategies that support the transfer of skills from training to practice. For full training details, please visit:

July 20-22, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA

Sept. 28-30, 2015 — Fort Worth, TX

Oct. 19-21, 2015 — New Brunswick, NJ

2016 National Conference – Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: What Works for Families Affected by Substance Use
Aug. 1-3, 2016 ♦ Hyatt Regency ♦ Orange County, CA
This conference is focused on the critical topic of substance use and its affects on children, youth, and families involved with child welfare. The conference will highlight the exciting work taking place across the country to improve the outcomes and well-being for these children, youth, and families. Visit 2016 Substance Use Conference for more information on the call for proposals.


CWLA invites you to join our campaign

The inventory of several of our most popular children’s books is at critically low levels! We need your help in having them reprinted. Please join our campaign by going online and donating at CWLA Books — GoFundMe.

Casey Family Programs recently issued a new signature report, A Decade of Hope, which reflects on the progress our country has made to support our most vulnerable children over the past decade. The report highlights how communities across America are keeping children safe and families strong.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families, University of Connecticut, and The Connection, Inc. are collaborating together under the Connecticut Housing and Child Welfare Partnership. The Partnership is currently implementing a randomized research study to understand the effectiveness of housing as a platform for child and family well-being. The Partnership plans to use data to refine its demonstration design and advocate for lasting systems change.


The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren has a new online, peer review journal dedicated to topics related to grandparents raising grandchildren. GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy provides a forum for quality, evidence-based research with sound scholarship, knowledge, skills and best practices from the field for scholars, clinicians, policymakers, educators, program administrators, and family advocates. Article submissions are welcome. Full details are available at GrandFamilies Journal.

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) recently released an informational fact sheet on neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). The fact sheet provides an overview of NAS, including prevalence, signs and symptoms, appropriate treatment options for mothers and newborns, and key federal programs for pregnant and parenting women with substance use disorders. The fact sheet is available at NAS Fact Sheet.

Polaris recently released Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims. This new resource provides valuable recommendations to service providers and criminal justice professionals, so that they may be better equipped to provide the specialized services and resources needed by LGBTQ trafficking victims and survivors.

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