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Families Over Facilities: Ending The Use of Harmful and Unnecessary Institutions and Other Group Facilities in Child Welfare Systems [childrensrights.org]

From Children's Rights, March 2021 At any given time, there are approximately 42,823 children housed in institutions and other group facilities. Institutionalizing children denies them loving homes and robs them of their childhood. Families over Facilities is a call to action to end the unnecessary institutionalization of children in child welfare. The report details the physical, mental and emotional harm done to children in group settings, the significant unnecessary taxpayer costs...

New York City's Mistaken Child Welfare Priorities [imprintnews.org]

By Anne Williams-Isom and Benita R. Miller, The Imprint, March 22, 2021 Once again , New York City is reeling from the murder of a child. The circumstances around the killing of 10-year-old Ayden Wolfe are eerily familiar – a vulnerable mother, a new partner with a history of violence and the loss of an innocent child. Once again, there is a mad scramble by city officials to evaluate potential loopholes in procedures or failures to follow processes. Neighbors and family are asking themselves...

7 Positive Childhood Experiences (PCE's) that Shape Adult Health and Resiliency – Illustrated [lindsaybraman.com]

By Lindsay Braman, LindsayBraman.com, March 11, 2021 By now, most counselors, pediatricians, teachers, and other people who work with children know about ACES: The “Adverse Childhood Experiences” scale. ACE’s predict , based on measuring the number of traumatic or adverse events experienced, which kids are likely to struggle developmentally and emotionally as they mature. (You can take the ACES quiz here ). New results from a survey based on a study of 6188 adults at Johns Hopkins shows that...

A Better Normal Friday, March 26, 2021: PACEs and HOPE with Dr. Christina Bethell

Please join us for our next installment of A Better Normal, our live webinar series in which we imagine and create our society as trauma-informed! You may have seen we changed our name recently from ACEs Connection to PACEs Connection. Please join us to learn all about the groundbreaking research of Positive Childhood Experiences and how this is going to transform the work we are all doing. >>Click here to register<< PACEs and HOPE Live Event Friday, March 26, 2021 Noon PT / 1pm...

The Mental Health Care Crisis Continues One Year Later...Maintaining Emotional Wellness during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join Dr. Monique Collier Nickles on 4/13/21 for a live discussion related to this post by registering for ChildWIN's free Zoom event at https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAudu2qrT8oHtDAlFX5xEMUt2o9DC_qaimN?fbclid=IwAR1GdgppIzcIrMO8meIdCqoG5_mpuNz1jUAUbt6FcfKOVI9rg9X5Xh8EHBY The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been stressful and traumatic for many people, particularly our children and adolescents. As we approach the pandemic’s one year anniversary, unfortunately,...

Virtual Learning Anxiety: How To Help Your Kids

Virtual work, virtual groceries; everything has turned virtual since the pandemic of 2020. People can get all their work done without having to leave the comfort of their homes. It also means that our children have to adapt to a whole new educational system; virtual learning. While virtual learning offers the feasibility of learning at home, it comes with numerous issues too. One of the commonly-experienced issues is virtual learning anxiety. Not turning off the camera, constantly staying on...

Can you help? [cssp.org]

The Center for the Study of Social Policy, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, is recruiting focus group participants for Our Identities, Ourselves: Antiracist Data Project which will uplift the voices of young people, parents and caregivers with lived experience and gather information to develop best practice guidance that supports child welfare agencies in collecting and using accurate data on race, ethnicity and other identities. We need help recruiting participants for the...

Helping Youth Prepare for the Transition to Adulthood [fosterclub.com]

Course Summary For teenagers who have been living in foster care, the transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting experiences. This course provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care. In this course, you can expect to learn: Unique challenges youth face when exiting foster care Adolescent development and changes in the brain Laws and programs to support...

Education and Skills Training May Ease Transition to Adulthood for Young People Involved in Foster Care [childtrends.org]

By Rachel Rosenberg, Maia O'Meara, Mya' Sanders, Child Trends, September 15, 2020 Nearly 18,000 young people aged out of the foster care system in fiscal year (FY) 2018. In other words, the child welfare system failed to reunify these young people with their parents or find them another legal, permanent placement through adoption or guardianship. Relative to their peers in the general population, young people who age out of foster care often experience lower levels of educational attainment...

Santa Clara County is model for plan to give $1000 a month to California foster youth [mercurynews.com]

By Laurence Du Sault, The Mercury News, February 22, 2021 Borrowing from a Santa Clara County program he proposed, state Sen. Dave Cortese has introduced legislation to provide $1,000 monthly cash payments for California’s foster care youth as they leave the child welfare system. “I can’t think of a more urgent time to roll out this kind of assistance,” Cortese said during an online press conference Monday. “Especially as they enter the adult world during an economic decline caused by...

Toolkit for Transformation [toolkit.parentadvocacy.net]

Welcome to the Toolkit for Transformation Building an international parent-led movement fighting for families affected by child welfare In this toolkit, you will find information and resources that parent advocates and their allies around the world have created. We envision the toolkit as a way that we can learn from each other’s experiences as an international community building the power of parent advocacy. The parent advocacy movement seeks to build the power of parents who have been...

Supporting Families of Color: How Racial and Complex Trauma Affect Parents of Color Navigating Family Court During the Time of COVID and Beyond — A Report by Tricia Stephens, LCSW-R, Ph.D.

By Tricia Stephens, Rise, June 24, 2020 This report is intended to provide family court officers and child welfare professionals who engage with child welfare involved (CWI) parents, introductory knowledge on the trauma-informed approach. Readers will be introduced to the importance of using the trauma-informed approach in their work with CWI parents, with a focus on the impact that language has on the way in which CWI parents are depicted and responded to in the courtroom. Definitions of...

Free Interactive Webinar on Building Positive Relationships with Children who have Experience Trauma

Free Interactive Webinar on Building Positive Relationships with Children who have Experienced Trauma. Perfect for professionals, parents, foster-parents, and teachers. Meets Tuesday nights from March 23rd to May 11th from 5 to 7:30 pm central time. The curriculum is aligned with the NCTSN, has TF-CBT components, and is researched based. Please e-mail Rhonda Rude by March 12th if you are interested in attending, it's an amazing training!

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