National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 11/19/2014

Model Family Foster Home Licensing Standards Release
This new publication seeks to ensure that all children in care are safe by following a common-sense pathway to licensing relative and non-relative caregivers

Digital Stories from NCCWE
In honor of November being National Adoption Month, watch Cliff’s digital story.   Cliff discusses factors and experiences that influenced his decision to adopt, particularly being gay and adopted himself, as well as resources and supports that have been important to their family.

Family Equality Council:  Every Child Deserves a Family
Take a moment to write in support of potential LGBTQ adoptive parents who hope to open their homes to waiting children. Help prevent discrimination and ensure that all youth have every opportunity to find a family.

Trauma Informed Care: New On Line Tool
The Georgetown University, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health  and others have recently completed a new free online tool entitled, Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources. The tool aims to support state and local decision-makers, administrators, providers, parents, and youth and family advocates to become more trauma informed. It includes video interviews, issue briefs, key resources and links that will be updated monthly to keep up with new developments in the field.
This FREE tool is now live and available for your use

Applying Predictive Analytics to Child Maltreatment Response and Prevention
This is only one facet of a growing body of research that is clearly linking certain data points available when a baby is born with their subsequent involvement with the child protection system. What is emerging is a new paradigm, where big data can be crunched in a way that helps determine which children are at greater risk of being abused. Read more about this

Family Engagement Inventory Coming December 2014
Child Welfare Information Gateway will launch the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) in December 2014. The FEI is an interactive web-based tool designed to familiarize professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education, and education with family engagement as defined and implemented across these fields of practice. It also aggregates knowledge in a way that assists professionals in multidisciplinary exploration of family engagement. The FEI will help practitioners, managers, and system leaders understand the commonalities and differences in family engagement across the disciplines in order to support collaboration among multiple systems often working with the same families.
The Family Engagement Inventory, a microsite of Child Welfare Information Gateway, will be accessible through the Child Welfare Information Gateway website,, when it is launched in December 2014. In the interim, please visit Information Gateway and explore our current family engagement resources, including:
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