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. Many children and youth who come into
contact with the child welfar...
On January 31, 1974, President Nixon signed the Child Abuse
Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), bringing the Federal
Government into a leadership role in the prevention and treatment
of child abuse and neglect. CAPTA not only defined child
maltreatment, it also mandated research into the topic ...
In February, President Obama joined with both private-sector
and philanthropic organizations to launch My Brother's Keeper, a
new interagency initiative aimed at promoting successful outcomes
for boys and young men of color. As part of the initiative, a task
force was assembled from across the Fe...
Each year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) presents Adoption
Excellence Awards to recognize individuals, families, and
organizations that have made outstanding contributions to providing
safe, permanent, and loving homes for childre...
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: * PI-14-05 –
The blog TakePart recently highlighted specific
considerations for readers who might be interested in becoming
foster parents. Noting that foster parenting can be extremely
rewarding, the author also comments on its challenges. Featuring
input from experts such as Irene Clements, Preside...
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, while secondhand smoke
exposure among children has declined over the past 15 years,
children remain more heavily exposed to secondhand smoke than
adults. As a result, Global Advisors on Smokefree Policy (GASP)
posted a white paper that directly addresses Sta...
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network released a new
factsheet designed to familiarize mental health professionals with
the appropriate terminology when working with lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. This resource
also may be valuable to child welfare and o...
An online campaign to protect children from sexual predators
was recently launched by the U.S. Customs Enforcement's (ICE)
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in partnership with the
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The
project aims to curtail the growing threat of...
The Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Arizona
offers an online training center with materials and resources to
enhance the skills and capabilities of CASA volunteers. In addition
to CASA-specific online training courses, which provide users with
a certificate upon completion, the traini...
Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption
through July 2014 include: July 2014 * West Coast Child Welfare
Trainers Conference Academy for Professional Excellence/Public
Child Welfare Training Academy<b...