National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 1/21/2015

STRIVE: New open-source program aims to help parents of children in foster care
Developed in collaboration with the Washington state Children’s Administration, the program, dubbed STRIVE, will be downloadable online at no cost and was created specifically for parents of children in foster care. The program’s initial 15 sessions focus on helping parents understand what to expect during visits, which can be emotional for them and for children. They provide instruction on interacting with children through playing and reading to them, as well as problem-solving, self-care, dealing with trauma and managing setbacks. Additionally, the center is developing a model for group classes, also designed for parents with children in foster care.

Awareness, Education Key to Helping Human Trafficking Survivors
New York Nonprofit Press - January 14, 2015 Awareness, Education Key to Helping Human Trafficking Survivors.

Many Former Foster Youth Unaware of New Health Care Benefits
Youth Today - January 15, 2015 Young adults in every state who have aged out of the foster care system are now eligible for Medicaid under a new provision of the Affordable Care Act. Analysts believe that anywhere from 5,000 to 10,000 young people who have aged out of foster care in New York state are eligible but have yet to be connected to coverage.

Tribal and Non-tribal Agencies: A Comparison of how Social Work with Families is Conceptualized in the United States
O'Neill, Marissa. Gonzalez, Debbie L. 2014 Journal of Comparative Social Work (2) p. 1-26 As definitions of “family” have evolved in the US over the past several decades, so too has child welfare agencies’ need to provide appropriate and meaningful services. This article discusses the findings and conclusions drawn from a case study involving two different types of social work agencies: Native American child welfare and not for-profit family services. Within this discussion, the authors use their findings from case study vignette focus groups to explore how the definitions of family impact the provision of services. The article addresses issues surrounding domestic violence, teen pregnancy, child welfare involvement and the inclusion of extended families as part of client’s support network. By focusing on the changing social concept of “family,” the study’s respondents discussed the need for direct practice using broader, more inclusive approaches to family and child welfare.

Advancing LGBT Health and Well-Being. 2014 Report
U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee, 2014
In response to the President’s directive in April 2010 to identify steps the Department could take to improve the health and well-being of the LGBT community, the Secretary of Health and Human Services set up a Department-wide LGBT Issues Coordinating Committee. The Committee, on behalf of the Secretary, developed the Secretary’s Recommended Actions to the President to Improve LGBT Health and Well-Being, which were sent to the President and released to the public in April 2011. This is the fourth annual report from the Committee on HHS activities related to LGBT populations.

ZERO TO THREE is offering a new video series
The Magic of Everyday Moments: Seeing is Believing which show how adult interactions shape the growth and learning of infants and toddlers. This new free resource shares videos that explore key aspects of early childhood development for use in work with parents and trainees, including: nurturing healthy brain development; building literacy skills; the power of play; and understanding temperament.
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