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Support National Adoption Day Nov. 23
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Help support National Adoption Day on Nov. 23. This national effort to raise awareness of the more than 100,000 children in foster care waiting to find permanent, loving families is an annual, one-day event celebrated the Saturday before every Thanksgiving. It honors families who adopt, encourages others to adopt children from foster care and builds collaboration among local adoption agencies, courts and advocacy organizations. Find out more at http://www.nationaladoptionday.org/.
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Grantmakers call on feds to fund better, but time-limited, foster care
The Chronicle of Social Change
Two major foundations called for a restructuring of federal child welfare funds aimed at improving foster and kinship care, limiting the amount of time that federal funds can be spent on them for any one youth, and ending certain federal spending on group care.
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Embarrassed to live in a group home
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When I first started my job working at a daycare center, I met this handsome-looking boy named Cliff Jean-Michael, writes Anne Ueland. He was at the center to drop off his little sister, who was in daycare there. For some strange reason I couldn't keep my eyes off him. He looked so friendly and sweet.
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Lessons learned from latest cyberbullying tragedy
USA Today
Cyberbullying is back in the headlines after two Florida girls — 12 and 14 — were arrested on felony charges for allegedly taunting and bullying a 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death last month from an abandoned cement factory tower. One of the suspects is accused of posting a message on the Internet saying the victim should "drink bleach and die."
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House passes adoption incentive bill; action moves to senate
The Chronicle of Social Change
The House of Representatives passed a bipartisan-sponsored bill that would reauthorize and recalculate the federal incentives to states for finalizing adoptions. The Promoting Adoption and Legal Guardianship for Children in Foster Care Act, authored by House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dave Camp, R-Mich., and passed 402-0, would lower the basic adoption incentive grant to $2,000, and maintain the older youth award at $8,000.
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Substance abuse in people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — Breaking down treatment barriers
Social Work Today
Treatment disparities between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and those without them begins with underrecognition of the problem by those affected as well as by social workers and other care providers. People with I/DD often do not find their way into treatment either because they are not recognized as likely to use or abuse substances or because the manifestations of use and abuse are camouflaged by their intellectual or developmental limitations.
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Building an institution of social change
Children's Voice
Three years ago, I set off on the road with a cameraman and an idea: That we could use solution- based journalism to drive public and political will behind improving the foster care system, says Daniel Heimpel. What is clear is that the theory of change we tested, "On the Road With FMC," works: that solution-based journalism — the simple exposition of truth — is often the most compelling tool to impel positive reform to systems that serve children.
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Adolescence: When drinking, genes may collide
ScienceDaily
Many negative effects of drinking, such as transitioning into heavy alcohol use, often take place during adolescence and can contribute to long-term negative health outcomes as well as the development of alcohol use disorders. A new study of adolescent drinking and its genetic and environmental influences has found that different trajectories of adolescent drinking are preceded by discernible gene-parenting interactions, specifically, the mu-opioid receptor genotype and parental-rule-setting.
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University professor honored for work with children
Long Beach Patch
Eileen Mayers Pasztor, professor of social work at, had received the Barbara Wasson Making a Difference Award from Grandparents as Parents.
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Administration on Children, Youth and Families recently released "Guidance to States and Services on Addressing Human Trafficking of Children and Youth in the United States". The publication presents guidance to States and service programs, based on current research and emerging practices, in order to elevate the issue of human trafficking within child welfare systems and runaway and homeless youth programs.


Foster Family-based Treatment Association (FFTA) will hold their 28th Annual Conference on Treatment Foster Care July 20-23, 2014 at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. The FFTA conference committee has issued a call for presentations. They are interested in receiving proposals for new advanced-level workshops on topics that cover new strategies, interventions, models and theories that can be used by experienced family-based treatment professionals who have clinical, management, administrative, research, evaluation, training, or supervision responsibilities. The submission deadline is Dec. 18. Additional information is available at Call for Presentations.


Center for American Progress recently published a report regarding the overrepresentation of LGBT youth in homeless populations. The report examines the experiences of LGBT homeless youth and the factors that lead to their overrepresentation in homeless systems. It also offers policy solutions to help prevent youth from entering these systems. The full report is available at "Seeking Shelter: The Experiences and Unmet Needs of LGBT Homeless Youth".


Positive Results Corporation will be presenting Stop the Pain, A Teen Summit on Violence & Abuse Prevention on Nov. 16 at the California State University-Dominguez Hills in Carson, Calif. This free community event for young ladies and men, and their families, will present a discussion on how issues such as dating violence, sex trafficking and bullying impact our youth, families, schools and the community. The Summit will also provide breakout sessions to educate, train and encourage prevention. Visit Teen Summit for more information.


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Children's Bureau recently announced new states approved to conduct Title IV-E waiver demonstration projects in federal fiscal year 2013 including the District of Columbia and Tennessee. These projects grant the states greater flexibility in how they use federal foster care funds to serve children and families. Highlights of the approaches taken in these waiver demonstrations include:
  • District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) and Tennessee Department of Children's Services (DCS) are implementing new or expanded intensive home-based services, designed to support families and prevent the need for removal.
  • Tennessee DCS plans to offer an array of services individualized to the needs of children and their families to address the underlying reasons that brought a child into foster care (e.g., linkages to housing supports and other concrete services, substance abuse referrals, and mental health supports).
  • District of Columbia CFSA is prioritizing parent and caregiver education and counseling, and also intends to provide intensive in-home services to children after they leave the foster care system.
  • Tennessee DCS is implementing new functional screening and assessment tools to better identify the unique needs of the children and families they serve.



Earlier this year, Boys & Girls Aid in Portland, OR opened a new Safe Place for Youth Shelter in partnership with the City of Beaverton. The site, 4-Plex, provides a safe, stable environment for homeless and runaway youth who are in need of a place to stay and the guidance and support of trained, caring adults. In addition to the living quarters, the 4-Plex has a public library and community room for job training and education programs. The Safe Place transitional living program provides resources and opportunities that empower this vulnerable population to have success in both employment and education.



If your agency is a 501(c)(3) whose been considering leaving the state unemployment insurance (UI) tax system, then contact UST to see if you can save money by directly reimbursing the state for your unemployment claims in 2014. The opt-out deadline is fast approaching with Savings Evaluations due before Nov 15. Request your free two-year savings projection from UST today.



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CWLA Webinar Series: Improving the Safety of Young Children: Promoting a Public Health Approach for Reducing Serious and Fatal Child Maltreatment
This special webinar series will engage CEO's and senior program leaders from public and private child welfare agencies, and community-based child abuse prevention and public health organizations. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the development of multi-pronged strategies for prevention of severe injuries due to child maltreatment.
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PRIDE Implementation Training
Nov. 12-15 ♦ Long Beach, Calif.
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 shortly!

 



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