National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 1/14/2015

Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Building Financial Capability for Youth Transitioning from Foster Care
The issue brief provides an update on data from the Initiative's Opportunity Passport , lessons learned about building financial capability for young people in and transitioning from foster care, and considerations for policy makers.  The publication is available online at

New Interactive Video: 10 Standards of Care: Improving Services for LGBT Young People
This interactive video featuring American Institutes for Research expert Jeffrey Poirier 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. This interactive video will help you to strengthen policy and practice. The video is organized around 10 standards of practice from Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals (2012). Access the video at:

New Adoption PSAs
The Ad Council and Adopt US Kids are celebrating with two commercials the tenth anniversary of their joint campaign, started in 2004 to encourage adoption of kids in foster care. Both ads carry the tagline "You don't have to be perfect to be a parent," first used in 2011, but this time there's the addition of two 1970s-style moustachioed crooners who narrate the tales of parenting mishaps in song.

The Family Environment and Adolescent Well-Being
Adolescence is an important developmental phase along the path to adulthood, years during which youth become increasingly independent from their families. Yet parents and other family members still play a critical role in the promotion of adolescents’ well-being, by providing a positive support system within which youth can explore their changing identity.  In this brief, the authors update the findings from the 2006 publication, The Family Environment and Adolescent Well-being: Exposure to Positive and Negative Family Influences, and highlight several key areas of interaction between the family environment and adolescent well-being, using national data sources.

Webinar — Addressing Trauma Needs of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors -- Jan. 22, 2015, 3-4:30 p.m. (EST)
CWLA, in partnership with the NCTSN, is presenting the webinar series "Advancements in the Field: What's Working?" which addresses current advances in the field of trauma-informed child welfare practice. It will highlight the latest evidence-informed and evidence-based trauma practices in key areas relevant to the work of child welfare. To reserve your webinar seat,

The Administration for Children & Families, US DHHS recently announced grants forecasts for 2015. The funding opportunities include:
Building the Evidence for Family Group Decision-Making in Child Welfare — demonstration projects which will: conduct a Family Group Decision-Making (FGDM) program which effectively supports family connections and engages family members in ways that achieve positive outcomes; and analyze the FGDM program through a rigorous local evaluation and cross-site evaluation participation to produce high level evidence and contribute to the evidence base for FGDM practice.

Responsible Fatherhood: Improving Relationships and Economic Outcomes for Fathers and Families — an initiative designed to help fathers establish or strengthen positive parental interaction by providing activities that develop and improve relationship, communication and parenting skills, and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services.

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