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Abandoned every week
On average one child per week is advertised on the Internet by struggling adoptive parents privately offering them to strangers, according to a recent Reuters report. Absent any vetting or background check process, the children are at serious risk of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Will you take action for these children?

One quick action per week until Adoption Month in November will build the momentum to compel Congress and the Administration to investigate and stop this appalling practice.

Sign our petition this week at: There you can learn more and find a list of actions you can take every week to promote the effort to protect children and support adoptive families.
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Kinship foster caregivers — partners for permanency
Social Work Today
The child welfare system has embraced permanency planning for decades, and increasing access to financial, social, medical, and educational resources for formal and informal kinship foster care providers benefits both the children and the system.
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Hatch child welfare bill proposes major reforms of APPLA option, congregate care, and Chafee education grants
The Chronicle of Social Change
A bill introduced this month would forbid child welfare systems from setting long-term foster care as an option for foster youths under the age of 16, limit the use of group homes and residential care for children under 13, and extend the age ceiling for foster youth college grants to 26. The bill, called the Improving Outcomes for Youth At-Risk for Sex Trafficking Act, pushes states to set policies in place to identify youth who are believed to be at risk of being trafficked. But the name belies the far more sweeping changes proposed by its author, Sen. Orrin Hatch,R-Utah.
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Abused as a child, adopted teen now reaches out to foster children
The Advocate
Elijah Evans easily and effortlessly tells the story of his early life — life before he found a home and a feeling for what the word "family" meant. "I'm not uncomfortable sharing it because it was negative and positive. It was a negative experience that became positive because God put me in a better place. Now, I get to do something in the community, and make a difference," said Evans, now a confident young teen, weeks away from his 16th birthday, about the abuse he survived at the hands of the woman who gave birth to him.
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Is sibling bullying normal or a form of violence?
Psych Central
New research suggests that sibling bullying be seen as a type of violence experienced by many kids that has been overlooked. Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., a Clemson University psychology professor, explored sibling bullying by examining prevalence rates, the extent to which siblings perceive sibling bullying to be normative, and victim–perpetrator differences in perceptions of sibling bullying.
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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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Family reunited after child welfare system odyssey
Los Angeles Times
The college application essay was the tipoff. It was beautifully written but painfully rendered; a high school student's story of her family's tumble from middle-class stability into homelessness and addiction.
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Identifying trauma in children early: Prevention treatments lower risk of stress disorders
Science World Report
Accidents of any kind can create lasting memories of fear, grief and sadness. And when terrorizing memories strike younger individuals, it can cause a great deal problems that may last well into adulthood and throughout life. A recent study takes an in-depth look at how children are affected by traumatizing accidents and how these events can cause them to suffer from stress disorders long after the problems have gone.
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Overseas adoptions rise — for black American children
CNN International
Elisa van Meurs grew up with a Polish au pair, speaks fluent Dutch and English and loves horseback riding — her favorite horse is called Kiki but she also rides Pippi Longstocking, James Bond and Robin Hood. She plays tennis and ice hockey, and in the summer likes visiting her grandmother in the Swiss Alps. … It's a privileged life unlike that of her birth mother, a woman of African American descent from Indianapolis who had her first child at age 15.
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The family that fights together
The Wall Street Journal
It is a quandary every couple with children eventually faces: Should we fight in front of the kids? The answer is complicated. Child psychologists who study the issue tend to say yes — if parents can manage to argue in a healthy way. That means disagreeing respectfully and avoiding name-calling, insults, dredging up past infractions or storming off in anger, for starters.
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California governor signs bill mandating data collection on parenting foster youth
The Chronicle of Social Change
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 528, a bill that mandates the collection of data about pregnant and parenting foster youths in state. The bill will lead to the first true accounting of how many pregnant and parenting youth are in the foster care system in California, according to the John Burton Foundation.
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The National Children's Alliance recently unveiled a new resource, ChildVictimWeb, a multimedia, online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed serious violence. The course describes the prevalence and characteristics of different forms of victimization often experienced in childhood, their psychological, behavioral, social, and health consequences, and implications for practice. Assessment strategies, an evidence-based approach to treatment planning, trauma-informed case management skills, and information about evidence supported treatments are presented. The training is available at ChildVictimWeb.

We are pleased to share a complimentary copy of "Rise" magazine. Rise teaches and encourages parents to write about their experiences with the child welfare system in order to support parents and parent advocacy, and to guide child welfare practitioners and policymakers in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve. "Rise" Issue Number 25, Fall 2013.

The National Research Center on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren recently announced the launching of "GrandFamilies: The Contemporary Journal of Research, Practice and Policy," an online peer-review journal to promote the status of grandparent-headed families. A call for papers for the spring publication is open until Nov. 15. Learn more.


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The Jewish Child Care Association was recently awarded four new contracts from the New York City Administration for Children's Services to implement programs that have been tested and researched nationally. The goal of these evidence-based programs is to provide short-term treatment that stabilizes the family. The four programs are: Child Parent Psychotherapy; Brief Strategic Family Therapy; Brief Strategic Family Therapy/Specialized Teen Preventive Services; and Functional Family Therapy Intensive Family Preventive Services.

CWLA Press, a leading publisher of child welfare material since 1920. Check out our incredible assortment of professional development material, training curriculum, children’s books and more at the CWLA Book Store. Members always receive a 20 percent discount on all purchases.


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. Save the date!


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