National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 3/4/2015

Rocking the Cradle: Ensuring the Rights of Parents with Disabilities and Their Children
The goal of this report is to advance understanding and promote the rights of parents with disabilities and their children. The report provides a comprehensive review of the barriers and facilitators people with diverse disabilities—including intellectual and developmental, psychiatric, sensory, and physical disabilities—experience when exercising their fundamental right to create and maintain families, as well as persistent, systemic, and pervasive discrimination against parents with disabilities. The report analyzes how U.S. disability law and policy apply to parents with disabilities in the child welfare and family law systems, and the disparate treatment of parents with disabilities and their children. Examination of the impediments prospective parents with disabilities encounter when accessing assisted reproductive technologies or adopting provides further examples of the need for comprehensive protection of these rights.

US: Federal Study: Foster Kids Struggle to Get Health Screenings
Some foster children are not getting their required medical screenings even though the visits are paid for by Medicaid, federal health investigators warn in a study released this week.

Kinship Care On The Rise: Child Welfare League Of America Is Here To Help
According to 2013 data provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, almost 3 million children in the United States are not being raised by their biological parents, but by members of their extended family.  More than 2 million of these children live with their grandparent or grandparents; others are cared for by older siblings, uncles, aunts, cousins, stepparents, members of their tribe, or godparents. This arrangement is known as “kinship care,” or “kincare,” in which a child’s family member takes primary responsibility for that child—through either formal or informal placement—when his or her parent is unable or unwilling to do so.

Intervention with youth dually involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems (Crossover Youth Series)
Written by Wendy Haight, PhD, Gamble-Skogmo Chair

In their first blog post the authors described crossover youth and why we should be especially concerned about their well being. The goal of their blog post is to describe an innovative intervention to correct the developmental trajectories of youth dually-involved with child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Beyond 4 Walls and a Roof: Addressing Homelessness Among Transgender Youth
In the face of adversity, many homeless transgender youth are demonstrating tremendous resilience by building tight-knit peer support networks, leading community organizing and advocacy efforts, and simply surviving despite the odds against them. As they seek to pursue their passions, these young people need targeted support and policy interventions in order to achieve positive social, economic, and health outcomes as they navigate and contribute to the world around them. While the drivers of youth homelessness are complex and solutions will take time, no commitment to seeing all youth safely housed will be complete until policymakers, service providers, researchers, and advocates join transgender young people in celebrating who they are and who they could grow to be.

PA: Child Advocacy Center Comes to Life
After years of hope, a child advocacy center has finally made its way to Franklin County. Over the Rainbow Children's Advocacy Center is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors which serves child abuse victims and their families in the Franklin County area
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