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Associate Commissioner's Page

The following is the monthly message from JooYeun Chang, the Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau. Each message focuses on the current CBX Spotlight theme and highlights the Bureau's work on the topic. As children and youth across the country begin another school year,...

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

The Protect Our Kids Act of 2012, signed by President Barack Obama on January 14, 2013, established the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF). The Commission is composed of 12 members, 6 appointed by the President and 6 appointed by party leaders from both sides of t...

New Spotlight Report on Well-Being

The Administration for Children and Families' (ACF) Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) released a new research brief on child well-being highlighting data collected from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. The Spotlight on Child Well-Being focuses on the declin...

Performance Partnership Pilots

An upcoming opportunity to improve outcomes for disconnected youth aims to help this vulnerable population make successful transitions to adulthood. The Performance Partnership Pilots (P3) will allow jurisdictions to pool portions of formula and competitive grants. This will provide more flexibil...

Building Capacity to Improve Program Evaluation in Child Welfare

Program evaluation plays a critical role in strengthening child welfare practice. In recent years, the Children's Bureau (CB) has supported several efforts to improve evaluation in child welfare, including the production of a practical video series and convening three workgroups to develop useful...

Tribal Evaluation Workgroup

American Indian and Alaska Native communities face unique challenges when participating in program evaluation. Historically, Tribes have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused great harm. With the support of the Children's Bureau (CB), a group of national exper...

Framework for Effective Practice

Because child welfare programs and services often miss opportunities to help identify, determine, and communicate which interventions work and how they can be consistently implemented, the Children's Bureau (CB) convened a workgroup to design a framework for building evidence and implementing evi...

Regional Partnership Grants Cross-Site Evaluation

The Child and Family Services Improvement Act of 2006 authorized 5-year partnership grants to support collaboration among child welfare and substance abuse treatment agencies. The goal of these regional partnership grants (RPGs) was to improve the well-being, permanency, and safety outcomes for c...

CB Website Updates

The Children's Bureau website carries information on child welfare programs, funding, monitoring, training and technical assistance, laws, statistics, research, Federal reporting, and much more. Recent additions to the site include: * Round 3 CFSR Statewide Assess...

Helping Children Cope With Death and Trauma

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recently released three tip sheets to help caretakers and educators identify children's reactions to a traumatic loss and facilitate the healing process. Specifically, the tip sheets highlight some of the symptoms of traumatic grief in young, school-age...

Medicaid Service Delivery for Children and Youth

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) produced a resource page for State policymakers, Medicaid officials, and other interested parties who aim to improve service delivery to children enrolled in Medicaid. NASHP researched historical data from the Early and Periodic Screening, Diag...

New Report, Webpage on Reducing Child Poverty

Policymakers at the State level can reduce child poverty and achieve concrete results by using research-informed, results-based policy strategies to improve outcomes and support child and family well-being. A recent paper from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP), Results-Based Pu...

Training Youth Advocates on Health-Care Law

In 2012, the youth-led organization Foster Youth in Action held a national convening of youth in out-of-home care to develop a peer-to-peer learning and support network and a unified strategy for effecting policy change pertaining to foster care in the United States. Due to the success of last ye...

Conferences

Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through October 2014 include: August 2014 * National Pathways to Adulthood 2014 National Resource Center for Youth Development August 6&ndash;8</str...
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