National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 11/12/2014

National Adoption Month: Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections
National Adoption Month is in November. This is a time to bring attention to more than 102,000 children and youth in foster care waiting for adoptive families. The Children's Bureau sponsors the National Adoption Month initiative through a partnership with AdoptUSKids and Child Welfare Information Gateway.

President Obama released this proclamation announcing National Adoption Month. The theme for this year's national initiative, "Promoting and Supporting Sibling Connections," pays tribute to the unique bond between siblings. The nurturing of the sibling bond is crucial for child development and adjustment and, for children entering care, being placed with their siblings can enhance their sense of well-being and provide natural, mutual support. The sibling relationship is lifelong and may outlive many other types of relationships in one's life. Joint sibling placements have also been determined to decrease the chance of instability in the placement and improve the well-being outcomes for children and youth. Visit the National Adoption Month website that offers a variety of resources for professionals, adoptive families, birth parents, adoptees, and youth.

Portraits of Adoption
Voice for Adoption is hosting its annual Congressional Program Celebrating Adoptive Families During National Adoption Awareness Month celebration on November 12, 2014 in Washington, D.C. Each year for National Adoption Awareness month, Voice for Adoption hosts the Adoptive Family Portrait Project. For this project, families that have adopted children from foster care are honored. This year, 51 legislators will be part of this celebration. For more information, click here. Your family can be involved in several ways: identify a family to be featured, contact your legislator to participate, or donate to the project. The website link has all the links you will need to get involved.

Digital Stories from NCCWE
Watch Brieanna’s moving story about her life in and out of foster care.

US: Immigration in the US: What Happened to Reform?
According to a report by Race Forward, a U.S. based non-profit focused on racial issues, in the first six months of 2011, the government deported 46,000 mothers and fathers of U.S.-citizen children, breaking up thousands of families. In that same year, an estimated 5,100 children were living in foster care because their parents had been detained or deported, says the report titled Shattered Families.

The Differential Response (DR) Implementation Resource Kit: A Resource for Jurisdictions Considering or Planning for DR. Updated May 2014.
Casey Family Programs. 2014.

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
Watch Now: Crossing Over a New Path
San Diego teen says Crossover Youth Practice Model helped turn his life around.
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