National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 12/10/2014

Improvements coming to Child Welfare Information Gateway  
On December 12, Child Welfare Information Gateway will launch an enhanced website featuring a cleaner design and interface, streamlined access to key content, and mobile-friendly access.

The American Association of Children’s Residential Centers has released a new paper regarding variance of sexual orientation and gender identity among young people in residential facilities.
The paper, available  provides ten strategies to improve outcomes for LGBTQ youth in residential care, as well as considerations to assist agencies’ efforts to provide affirming and inclusive programming for all youth, including those who identify as LGBT

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released its fourth annual report on LGBT health and well-being. 
In addition to highlighting accomplishments of the previous year, the report outlines several new objectives.  Among them are new data collecting measures that will take into account sexual orientation and gender identity when conducting major national health surveys, as well as a commitment to increasing cultural competency in policy and care systems serving American Indian and Alaskan Native LGBT and Two-Spirit populations.  The report is available

Child Protective Services and the Achievement Gap
A new article by current and former CASCW staff—Kristine Piescher, Gregg Colburn, Traci LaLiberte, and Saahoon Hong—has been published in Children and Youth Services Review. For a limited time, "Child Protective Services and the Achievement Gap" will be available to read for free—no journal subscription required.

This article highlights findings from a recent Minn-LInK study that used state administrative data to compare the academic performance of youth at varying levels of child protection involvement in order to understand whether a child protection achievement gap existed. The study also sought to determine whether more extensive involvement in child protection was associated with poorer academic performance.

View and download the article here:

US: FACT SHEET: Improving Outcomes for Our Nation's Foster Youth
The White House - December 08, 2014
On any given day, there are over 400,000 children in our nation's foster care system with over 100,000 waiting to be adopted. Every year, 23,000 of these youth will age out of the system, never having found their forever families.

Letter to Child Welfare Directors on Protecting Credit of Young People in Foster Care December 5, 2014
This letter to child welfare directors urges agencies to consider taking additional steps to protect children and youth from identity theft and to explore how to implement the provision to empower youth by deepening their understanding of credit, money management, and other financial issues.
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