In observance of National Foster Care Month in May, the Children's Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway developed a Facebook page as a forum for organizations, groups, partners, parents, caregivers, and youth to promote the events, resources, stories, and photos to share local and national NFCM events, photos, and stories from events; inspiring stories of amazing youth, families, caregivers, and professionals; resources and information to help honor, unite, and celebrate families; and connections to new partners and organizations within the foster care community. Learn more.
A recent brief from the Permanency Innovations Initiative highlights how research is contributing to a better understanding of the needs of LGBTQ youth in child welfare settings. The brief presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted with youth participating in the Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower (RISE) project, funded through a grant from the Children’s Bureau to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Learn more.
This article describes a study that used data from the 2005, 2007, and 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to understand how sexual orientation affects high-school students' risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. Results show that a young person’s sexual orientation and the gender of their sexual partners was strongly linked with risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant, suggesting that adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts focused exclusively on heterosexual young people may be too narrow. Learn more.
This article explains the guidance provided in a recent “Dear Colleague” letter (PDF, 4 pages) issued by the Department of Education which explains how school districts can use Title I funds to help children and youth experiencing homelessness. Some examples of ways districts can use the funds are to transport homeless students to and from school, pay the salaries of staff who work with homeless youth, and to generally meet the needs of these students. Learn more.
Dates: May 1-31, 2016
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. This year’s initiative focuses on family reunification with the theme "Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families." The new 2016 National Foster Care Month Microsite offers resources to spread the word and plan observance activities. Learn more.
NIAAA released CollegeAIM, a matrix-based instrument that can help educate college staff about underage student drinking interventions and guide them in implementing evidence-based interventions. CollegeAIM also allows officials to compare approaches and select a combination that meet the needs of their students and campus. Learn more.
The English Learner (EL) Toolkit helps state and local education agencies help ELs by fulfilling their obligations under state law. The Toolkit has 10 chapters, one for each section of the Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, 40 pages) that outlines these obligations, and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources. Learn more.
NDTAC released this tip sheet providing an overview of relevant federal offices and programs, as well as data sources, that can be used to support state- and local-level decision-making and planning efforts of programs for youth who are neglected or delinquent. It also offers key questions that program administrators and practitioners can use to dig deeper into federal datasets and initiatives. Learn more.
NCSCW offers free online tutorials for a wide variety of professionals related to substance abuse disorders, treatment, and recovery. NCSACW requires users to register online before access these courses:
1. Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
2. Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals
3. Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals
CDC researchers analyzed school-level implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s school nutrition standards, specifically on practices related to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sodium. Results show almost all schools offer whole grain foods, vegetables, and fruits during the school day, and the percentage of schools making efforts to increase the availability of these foods and decrease sodium increased from 2000 to 2014. Learn more.
CDC released the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) data. The BRFSS is a state-based surveillance system that uses survey phone calls to collect information on risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access for adults 18 and older. Learn more.
This article explains two kinds of scams: phishing, occurring through fraudulent e-mails that ask the recipient to verify personal information, and vishing, in which a scammer may make contact over the phone to request this information. It also provides tips for what those who think they may be a victim of one of these scams can do. Learn more.
At a town hall at North High School in Des Moines, Iowa, student body president Russhaun Johnson, whose mother was incarcerated during his high school career, described how education has empowered him. Johnson then introduced President Obama who discussed college access and affordability. Learn more.