National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 3/18/2015

How foster care support can boost mental health when life skills classes are not enough
New research suggests that supporting foster youths' transition to adulthood is important to protect against mental illness. Help navigating the administration of life, such as how to buy health insurance, balance a checkbook or prepare for a job interview may be associated with stronger mental health decades later. Even better, these lessons can help steer youth toward a more successful life course if they are complemented with a trusted adult.

Rural youth suicide incidents close to double urban rate
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents aged 10 to 24 and results in approximately 4,600 lives lost every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate of suicides for youth living in rural areas is almost double the rate for youth living in urban areas. That's what a new study by researchers at the Wexner Medical Center in Ohio found. The study, titled "Widening Rural-Urban Disparities in Youth Suicides," was published online in the Journal of the American Medical Association of Pediatrics on March 9.

Webinar — Emerging Practices and Policies to Address the Needs of Children in Immigrant Families
March 24, 2015 — 3-4:30 p.m. (EST)

This webinar will review emerging practices and policies that have been implemented in California child welfare agencies to address the unique issues facing children in immigrant families involved in this system. Practitioners from California will discuss their experiences working with this vulnerable population and strategies to facilitate engagement and culturally responsive services. To reserve your webinar seat:

Webinar — Youth Mental Health First Aid
March 25, 2015 — 3-4:30 p.m. (EST)

Mental Health First Aid for Youth is a public education program designed to teach lay-people and professionals how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders in young people. This webinar will describe the background, structure and mission of the program, and then focus on three case studies of how the program has been implemented. Additionally, participants will hear about the new federal grants for Youth Mental Health First Aid and how to apply. To reserve your webinar seat:

BIA Publishes Proposed ICWA Regulations
BIA to Host Tribal Consultation Session at NICWA's Conference

Today a milestone in tribal child welfare policy has been reached. The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) announced a proposed rule to govern implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). These proposed regulations complement the revised Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings released by the BIA on February 25, 2015. The guidelines were revised for the first time since their initial publication in 1979. Federal regulations, which explain how an agency intends to interpret a law and clarifies standards of practice that will be enforced, have a stronger force of law than guidelines. The BIA has never issued substantive regulations that directly pertain to ICWA implementation before today.

Documentary on Homeless Teens in Chicago Aims to 'Show the Struggle'
Somewhere between 80 to 90 percent of Chicago's homeless public school pupils are doubled up, Summers said. The rest are identified as "unaccompanied" youth who find refuge in shelters, in cars or vacant buildings or, in some cases, on the streets.
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