National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 3/11/2015

Human Trafficking: What Child Welfare Workers Should Know
Child welfare professionals are often among the first to learn about child trafficking, which involves minors. By knowing how to identify and respond to victims, social workers can help bring safety and healing to children traumatized by human trafficking.

BIA Announces New ICWA Guidelines 
NICWA Webinar to Tell You Everything You Need to Know
A major development in tribal child welfare policy was announced on February 25, 2015. The Bureau of Indian Affairs announced that it had revised--effective immediately--the Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings for the first time since 1979. NICWA is hosting a free webinar on Friday, March 13, 2015, at 10 a.m. PDT to explain the revisions.

National Organization Supports Foster Care Tax Credit Act
The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities strongly supports the Foster Care Tax Credit Act, introduced to Congress by U.S. Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) on March 4, 2015. This legislation would provide additional tax relief to foster parents and help cover the actual costs of caring for a foster child.

Health-risk behaviors in teens investigated by U.S. child welfare agencies
The aim of this study was to examine prevalence and correlates of health–risk behaviors in 12– to 17.5–year–olds investigated by child welfare and compare risk–taking over time and with a national school–based sample. Health–risk behaviors in this population of vulnerable teens are highly prevalent. Early efforts for screening and interventions should be part of routine child welfare services monitoring

Family Support and Engagement in Black Families
The National Black Child Development Institute released a report, Being Black Is Not a Risk Factor: A Strengths-Based Look at the State of the Black Child, designed to enhance the lifestyles of children who are part of the Black community and address the challenges they may face. Children of color continue to be disproportionally represented in the child welfare system. In this publication, child welfare professionals will find a collection of essays from experts that focus on promoting the strengths of children, families, and communities to improve outcomes for Black children.

Tool for Quality Intensive Family Preservation Services
Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) are family-focused, community-based crisis interventions designed to maintain children safely in their homes and prevent the unnecessary separation of families. They are often offered to families as an alternative to their children's out-of-home placement. It is important to ensure that these programs are effective in their approaches to promoting wellness, permanency, and safety for children.
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Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, LCSW
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