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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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...
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...
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...
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...
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