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CWLA with the support of the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) just released the Child Welfare journal special issue: Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use, Volumes I and II. Be among the first to purchase the two-part set, a must read for anyone interested in the most up-to-date research on programs and practices working for these families. To purchase copies, shop Child Welfare Journal.

You can meet many of the journal authors and hear about their work at the CWLA 2016 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: What Works for Families Affected by Substance Use. Register today!
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Housing program helps former foster kids adjust to life on their own
Foster children in Florida face many challenges when they turn 18 and age out of the foster care system. For the first time, many of them are completely on their own with no support system. Thousands of former foster children end up homeless in Florida every year. One organization, Everyday Blessings, saw what was happening and created a program to help these former foster children who are at risk for homelessness.
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Nontraditional trauma therapies for youth: A review and synthesis
The Chronicle of Social Change
A new white paper from Upbring, a Texas-based social services provider, explores whether four nontraditional therapies can be effective in treating trauma experienced by children. According to the authors, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing, animal-assisted therapies, creative-arts therapies (CAT), and movement-focused therapies have often been utilized by clinicians to help children deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other trauma-related issues.
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Give foster children security
The Post and Courier
There is no erasing the damage done over the years to some foster children in South Carolina. But the Department of Social Services has made impressive progress toward ensuring that those things will not happen again. Several things have spurred the DSS to action.
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California approves laws to cut use of antipsychotics in foster care
Efforts to protect children in foster care from being inappropriately medicated with powerful antipsychotic drugs got a big boost forward on Tuesday, when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed three bills into law designed to reform prescribing. Overprescribing of psychiatric meds for foster youth is a persistent problem nationwide, with children given the drugs at double or triple the rate of those not in foster care. In 2011, the federal Government Accounting Office found nearly one in four children in foster care were taking psychotropic medications, which include antipsychotics, antidepressants, mood stabilizers and stimulants.
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Child Welfare Professionals, Risking Connection Programs: Working with Survivors of Child Abuse and yet applicable to those working with survivors of combat, natural disaster, medical crisis, crime victimization and relational issues.$7,500 plus books and travel. To plan your next training contact us today!

AAP care recommendations for foster care children
Despite having resources available to provide for their health care needs, a vast number of children in foster care are not receiving adequate medical care. Given that children in foster care are prone to physical, mental health, developmental, and psychosocial impairment, it is critical that pediatricians claim their role as advocate for this population, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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New Generation PRIDE Model of Practice Implementation of Hybrid Training
Nov. 16-20, 2015 — Los Angeles, CA

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, visit New Generation PRIDE Training.

Webinar — Trauma Adaptation of Evidence-based and Existing Programs
Nov. 19, 2015 — 3-4:30 p.m. EST

CWLA, in partnership with the NCTSN, is presenting a webinar series addressing current advances in the field of trauma-informed child welfare practice. The webinar series "Advancements in the Field: What's Working?" highlights the latest evidence-informed and evidence-based trauma practices in key areas relevant to the work of child welfare. Reserve your seat for the upcoming presentation at Webinar Registration.

2016 National Advocacy Summit
April 18-20, 2016 — Washington, D.C.

The 2016 National Advocacy Summit will feature focused discussions on child welfare policy and advocacy efforts to enhance federal programming that benefits children and families. Save the date! More details coming soon.

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 National Substance Use Conference for information on Early Registration, Call for Proposals, and Sponsorship, Exhibiting & Advertising Opportunities.


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The Children's Village was recently honored with an Angels in Adoption Award for outstanding advocacy of adoption and foster care issues. The award was given by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI), a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness about children in need of permanent, safe and loving homes. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand wrote in her nomination, "From their efforts to help disconnected youth, to community outreach programs, to summer camps, and so much more, The Children's Village consistently reminds the entire foster care community that the children come first. Under the careful guidance of Dr. Jeremy Kohomban, The Children's Village does an exemplary job of supporting the New York Metropolitan Area's families and at-risk youth."

Cleveland Christian Home (CCH) was recently awarded $15,000 by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeast Ohio (RMH-NEO) to help improve the quality of lives for the children in CCH’s Residential Treatment Center. The award was acknowledged by several members of RMH-NEO who toured the agency’s "home" and had a glimpse of a day in the life of the boys in CCH’s care. Cleveland Christian Home is especially grateful to local McDonald’s owner/operator, Robert J. Jursich, Jr., for his endorsement of the proposed award.


October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. You can play a role in bullying prevention. Visit Stop Bullying for the latest research and recommendations on bullying prevention. You will find tips on how to talk about bullying with kids; organize prevention efforts; develop community-wide strategies for local stakeholders; and lead bullying prevention trainings and events.

The Children's Law Center is hosting a free webcast, Broken Adoption Symposium — Beyond Permanency: Challenges for Former Foster Youth, on Oct. 23. The symposium is focused on policy and practice issues impacting foster youth who have been adopted including addressing broken adoptions, post-adoption sibling visitation, and adoption subsidy fraud. Visit Symposium Registration to complete a brief survey and register for the event.

The Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development (SWSD) 2016 will be held in Seoul, Korea, June 27-30. The deadline for individual abstract submission has been extended to Oct. 31. The event, hosted by the International Council on Social Welfare, International Association of Schools of Social Work and International Federation of Social Workers, is expected to gather over 3,000 participants from all over the world. The conference will feature a wide range of scientific programs organized under the theme of "Promoting the Dignity and Worth of People," which will focus on policy and practice issues. For more information, visit SWSD 2016.

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) will present a free webinar, Transforming Child Welfare Decision-making through Modern Technology & Data Analytics, on Nov. 4, 3-4:30 p.m. ET. The webinar will explore how child welfare organizations can leverage modern technology, data and information to support and transform frontline child welfare casework practice, in order to maximize the positive impact of services for vulnerable children, youth and families. Register at NCWWI Webinar.

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