New web sites launched! Children’s Bureau and Administration for Children and Families
The new Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) website was formally launched this past month. The website includes The Family Room blog that discusses new initiatives at the agency, success stories and policy announcements. Go to blog>>. You may also want to visit the New Children’s Bureau Website! Explore the Resource Library and other new features. Go to web site>>
Research Roundup #3
In this edition, the first topic discusses using social media to locate unreachable child welfare research participants. The second topic covers a web questionnaire developed to assess past incidents of child maltreatment in adults. Learn more »
New Tips, Tools, and Trends on Court Improvement Program Updates
The 2012 Updates to the Court Improvement Program Grants from Program Instruction 12-02 emphasizes Continuous Quality Improvement and the data collection and performance measurements that are required to achieve CQI. Available here.
New Social Media for Child Welfare Resource Guide Posted
Social media can help child welfare programs conduct activities ranging from advertising to staff recruitment, collaboration, networking, fundraising, and finding and supporting foster parents. Read the newly published resource guide here.
New Information Memorandum Regarding Continuous Quality Improvement
Published August 27, the new Information Memorandum (IM) on Establishing and Maintaining Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Systems in State Child Welfare Agencies is available here. This IM is intended to provide States with CB’s current view on a framework for a well-functioning State CQI system for child welfare that would also meet existing federal requirements for QA, periodic evaluation and delivery of quality services.
Aug 21 Webinar Recording Available – Striding Towards Stable Educational Placements for Children in Foster Care
We were fortunate to hear from two jurisdictions who are pioneering efforts in this area. Richard Foltz from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and Samantha Murphy and Emily Kulick from Allegheny County (PA) presented. Click here to view the recording and access resources.
July 12 Webinar Recording Available – Protecting Your Tweeps: Social Media Policies
Amelia Burke of Westat, Pat Rhoads of AdoptUSKids, and Brian Gregg of Hamilton County (OH) presented in this webinar held on July 12, 2012. Click here to view the recording and download handouts.
New article – Tips, Tools and Trends: Geographic Information Systems
Read the new article available on how the use of GIS in child welfare improves decision making by analyzing spatial relationships that describe the interaction among people, family, community, and environment. Please share with your colleagues!
New AFCARS Report Released
In July, the Children’s Bureau posted new statistics on the numbers of children involved with the child welfare system. Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) Report #19 provides preliminary estimates for fiscal year (FY) 2011
Article from Social Work Today: Mobile App Technology for Social Work
There will never be an app that does social work as we know it, but there are apps that may help social workers and other clinicians work more efficiently and effectively.