National Center for Child Welfare Excellence
NCCWE Weekly Update 5/28/2015

National Foster Care Month 2015
Get to Know the Many Faces of Foster Care
May is National Foster Care Month, a month set aside to acknowledge foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, policymakers, child welfare professionals, and other members of the community who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections. During National Foster Care Month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for the nearly 400,000 children and youth in foster care, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

National Foster Care Month Real Life Stories
These videos are part of the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections' Digital Stories From the Field project. 
Watch them to celebrate the final week of Foster Care Month.

Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative
The Children's Bureau recently announced the launch of a new technical assistance service delivery structure, the Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative. The Collaborative is comprised of three centers – Capacity Building Center for States, Capacity Building Center for Tribes, and Capacity Building Center for Courts. The Collaborative supports public child welfare agencies, Tribes, and courts to build the capacities to successfully implement Federal child welfare requirements; improve child welfare practice; and make organizational and systemic changes necessary to sustain improved outcomes for children, youth, and families. More information is available at The Collaborative.

Strategies to Reduce Racially Disparate Outcomes in Child Welfare: A National Scan.
Miller, Oronde. & Esenstad, Amelia. Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Increasingly, leaders of child welfare systems are recognizing the need to reduce racial disparities and improve outcomes among children, youth and families of color

Rise Issue #28 Winter 2015 - Generations in Foster Care
When you grow up in foster care and become a mother, your greatest hope is that you'll get to be your child's Mommy. Yet mothers who grew up in foster care are at high risk of having their own children removed.  This is the first issue in a series on what it takes for young mothers who grew up in foster care to build stable families. This issue looks at the painful relationship between child welfare systems and the mothers they helped raise.

US: Equality in Marriage May Not Bring Equality in Adoption
A win for same-sex marriage might not translate to an immediate win for same-sex adoption. Legal experts say it will take time for certain states to adjust to a federal ruling that would require them to recognize gay marriages? and thus, gay adoptions? including those performed out-of-state.
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Gerald P. Mallon, DSW, LCSW
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