National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at NCCWE to you and your families!
NCCWE Weekly Update 11/26/2014

For teens in the foster care system, Thanksgiving's not always a time to be thankful:
But when you don't have family - no matter how wacky they are - the holidays are excruciating. For thousands of teenagers in the state's foster-care system, special occasions like Thanksgiving and Christmas serve as painful reminders that they are unwanted, unloved and as expendable as the leftovers.

New Breakthrough Series Collaborative
This BSC will focus on the meaningful use of the CANS-Trauma assessment and FANS-Trauma assessment in practice with youth and families across a variety of settings. The BSC is co-sponsored by the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) at Northwestern University and the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center at the University of Maryland. CCTASP is directed by Dr. Cassandra Kisiel, and FITT is directed by Dr. Laurel Kiser, both of whom are copied here. 

The mission of this Collaborative is for participating teams to implement the CANS-Trauma and FANS-Trauma (or other CANS-related tools) as engagement, information integration, and service and treatment planning tools in order to deliver high-quality assessment, treatment and services to youth and families. The emphasis will be on how to effectively utilize and translate trauma-focused and family-informed assessments into practice.

An application for the BSC, as well as PowerPoint slides about the project, can be found at:

Improving Outcomes Through the Reasonable & Prudent Parent Standard
A new Center for the Study of Social Policy brief, "A Guide for States Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act" focuses on how states can meet the "reasonable and prudent parent standard" requirement of H.R.4980 as part of their responsibility to promote normalcy, healthy development and well-being for all youth - and to ensure that youth, especially those who age out of care, leave foster care healthy and prepared for life

CWLA Webinar - Becoming a Behavioral Health Home: Lessons from the Child Welfare Field
December 3, 2 PM–3:30 PM CST,
Hear from child welfare agencies in Washington state and New Jersey about their pilot models for behavioral health homes.

Child Welfare: Profiles of Current and Former Older Foster Youth Based on the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD).
CRS Report. 7-5700 R43752.
Fernandes-Alcantara, Adrienne L. Congressional Research. 2014

Coming soon - a new Child Welfare Information Gateway website
This December, Child Welfare Information Gateway ( will unveil an enhanced website, featuring a new design, enhanced search and navigation, and easier access to key content.
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