National Center for Child Welfare Excellence

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NCCWE Weekly Update 12/24/2014

U.S. Department of Justice Announces Groundbreaking ICWA Initiative
The Attorney General made this statement:
"Under this important effort, we are working to actively identify state-court cases where the United States can file briefs opposing the unnecessary and illegal removal of Indian children from their families and their tribal communities. We are partnering with the Departments of the Interior and Health and Human Services to make sure that all the tools available to the federal government are used to promote compliance with this important law. And we will join with those departments, and with tribes and Indian child-welfare organizations across the country, to explore training for state judges and agencies; to promote tribes' authority to make placement decisions affecting tribal children; to gather information about where the Indian Child Welfare Act is being systematically violated; and to take appropriate, targeted action to ensure that the next generation of great tribal leaders can grow up in homes that are not only safe and loving, but also suffused with the proud traditions of Indian cultures."

New Effort Underway to Promote and Support Guardianship and Adoption
The Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG), funded by the Children's Bureau, is a five-year national project designed to promote permanency when reunification is no longer a goal, and improve adoption and guardianship preservation and support. QIC-AG is built on the premise that child welfare agencies need to provide a continuum of services to increase permanency stability, beginning when children first enter the child welfare system and continuing after adoption or guardianship has been finalized. The center will be selecting six to eight sites to implement and evaluate services.

Ten Standards of Care: Improving Services for LGBTQ Young People
This interactive video highlights 10 standards for improving policy and practice for young people who are LGBT. This video is intended for all human service systems such as child welfare, education, health, homelessness, juvenile justice, mental health, and substance abuse. Any person can impact change, whether policy makers, program administrators, front-line service providers, family members, youth themselves, or other community members

The Family Engagement Inventory from the Children’s Bureau
The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is on its way! This dynamic and easy-to-use tool will focus on family engagement in child welfare as well as juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education, and education. It is set to launch this month! For current information on family-centered practice and engaging families, visit our website at

The Potential Trauma of Family Tree Projects
Many adopted persons particularly in closed adoptions, cringe at the thought of creating a family tree that most students will have assigned to them in high school or college. The fear and discomfort from adoptees creating a family tree stems from not having access to their original birth certificate and not knowing their biological family history. Feelings of grief, abandonment, and loss are a few emotions that an adoptee can experience while trying to complete a family tree project.

Creating Access to Opportunities  for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care 
An AYFP Policy Brief
What happens to youth in foster care when they turn 18? Many face
unprecedented challenges like homelessness, lack of financial resources,
difficulty accessing educational opportunities, and unemployment. In this
issue brief, The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) documented these
challenges and opportunities in three distinct yet overlapping areas of need:
  • Sustainable Social Capital
  • Permanency Supports
  • Postsecondary Opportunities

For each area of need, AYPF has defined the challenges youth face and identified promising programs and policies that are in place to help them transition from foster care to a healthy, successful adult life.

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Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, LCSW
Julia Lathrop Professor of Child Welfare
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National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
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