Announcements

Posted: May 29, 2015
IdentityTheft.gov is a new website, developed by the FTC, that can help people report and recover from identity theft. This resource can help users understand the critical steps to take if identity theft occurs and includes printable checklists and sample letters. IdentityTheft.gov also features information on child identity theft and data breaches. The website is also available in Spanish at RobodeIdentidad.gov. Learn more.
Posted: May 29, 2015
Date: June 11, 2015, 12:30-1:30 p.m. ESTLet's Move Faith and Communities is hosting a webinar, The Media-Smart Youth Program: Helping Kids Develop Healthy Habits and Media Smarts, to provide an overview, leadership guidance, and success stories of the Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Thinking, and Be Active! program. A certificate of completion will be provided to all participants who attend the entire webinar online. NIH developed the free after-school Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think, and Be Active! program to teach upper-elementary and middle-school students about media, nutrition, and physical activity. Learn more.
Posted: May 22, 2015
OFA has released four new FY 2015 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood funding opportunity announcements. New Pathways for Fathers and FamiliesApplication Deadline: July 7, 2015 This program will award funds to demonstration projects that support activities promoting responsible fatherhood, such as those that develop and improve relationship, communication, and parenting skills and contribute to the financial well-being of children through employment. Learn more. Responsible Fatherhood Opportunities for Reentry and MobilityApplication Deadline: July 7, 2015 This program will award funds to cooperative agreements that support prisoner reentry programs that provide innovative, community-centered, skill-based pre- and post-release and supportive services to formerly incarcerated fathers.  Programs will address key outcomes related to healthy relationships and marriage, parenting, economic stability, and recidivism. Learn more. Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education GrantsApplication Deadline: July 7, 2015 This program will award funds for demonstration projects to provide marriage and relationship skills training that addresses the multiple barriers faced by individuals, couples, partners, and families; promotes behavior change among individuals; and moves families toward economic self-sufficiency. Learn more. National Center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship EducationApplication Deadline: July 7, 2015 This program will award funds to one cooperative agreement to support the development, implementation, and management of a national resource center for Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education. This center will gather, develop, and disseminate information and research related to promoting healthy marriage. Learn more.
Posted: May 22, 2015
This funding opportunity will promote and expand services to children who have a parent who is incarcerated (PDF, 37 pages) that facilitate healthy and positive relationships between incarcerated individuals, their children, and caregivers. Services may include programs that enhance the life skills of children, promote communication between child and parent, provide education for parents, increase the capacity of families, and/or facilitate peer-to-peer networking among inmates and their families. Learn more (PDF, 37 pages).Application Deadline: June 29, 2015
Posted: May 13, 2015
Presented by the Urban Institute and NIC, this webinar will highlight innovative and promising programs and practices that community-based organizations and government agencies across the country have implemented to reduce trauma among children whose parents have been involved with the justice system. The webinar has been divided into four distinct sessions. Participants are invited to join one or more of the sessions. Learn more. Date: June 3, 2015, 12:30-5 p.m. EST Session 1: Parental Arrest Protocols, 12:30-2 p.m. EST Will focus on protocols that police departments can use to manage the arrest of a parent to minimize the trauma and harm to their children.Session 2: Family Impact Statements, 2-3 p.m. EST Will focus on how probation departments can use family impact statements in their presentence investigation reports to account for the needs of family and children.Session 3: Family-Focused Jail Services, 3-4 p.m. EST Will focus on a few family-focused programs and services that jail administrators can offer to parents in their jails to help them stay connected to their family and children.Session 4: Successful Collaboration, 4-5 p.m. EST Will provide information on how to collaboratively think about and address the many issues facing children of incarcerated parents, using a diverse group of interested stakeholders.
Posted: May 13, 2015
The March/April edition of the Child Support Report includes resources and information about programs that help parents who are, or have been, incarcerated and their children. Learn more (PDF, 9 pages).
Posted: May 13, 2015
Developed by the American Psychological Association, this resource can help parents develop resilience in their children, which can prepare them to face and overcome negative experiences throughout life. It provides information for fostering resilience in the home, the community, the child care environment, and at school. Learn more.
Posted: May 11, 2015
OJJDP recently launched its new training and technical assistance request system, TTA360. TTA360 is used by all of OJJDP’s training and technical assistance providers and offers a single point-of-entry for requesters to access the full range of OJJDP’s services. Learn more.
Posted: May 11, 2015
CDC has conducted the first national study on the use of behavioral therapy, medication, and dietary supplements as treatments for children, ages 4-17, with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Results show that about four in 10 children with ADHD were treated with medication alone, one in 10 received behavioral therapy alone, three in 10 were treated with both medication and behavioral therapy, and one in 10 received neither medication nor behavioral therapy. Overall, about one in 10 children took dietary supplements for ADHD. Learn more.
Posted: May 11, 2015
Women’s Health Week — May 10-16, 2015 — is an opportunity to encourage women to take control of their health. The National Women’s Health Week website includes an interactive checklist with suggestions for good health for women of all ages, as well as a pledge women across the country can take, committing themselves to take steps for better health. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
Featured by Kids.gov, this article provides parents with a general overview of concussions, including information about symptoms, treatments, when to seek help, and when it is okay for children to return to normal activities following a concussion. Follow the hashtag #CDCHeadsUp on Twitter or like the CDC's Heads Up Facebook page to receive updates and join the conversation about concussions. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
USDA Secretary, Tom Vilsack, announced the selection of 30 university students to attend “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century,” USDA’s 2015 Agricultural Outlook Forum, which will be held February 19-20, 2015, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel in Arlington, VA. USDA chose 20 college students based on an essay about "Agriculture as a Career” and 10 graduate students based on their essay about "The Greatest Challenge Facing Agriculture over the Next Five Years.” Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
“Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration” estimates the long-term costs incurred by taxpayers as a result of the negative outcomes of incarcerating juvenile offenders. Such long-term costs include the effects of recidivism, fewer future earnings and tax revenues, additional public assistance spending, and higher victimization rate. These long-term costs could cost taxpayers $8-$21 billion each year. The report offers recommendations for reducing incarceration, including shifting funding to community-based alternatives and investing in diversion and prevention programs. This report was released by the Justice Policy Institute. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
As featured by NIH, a new study found that students at schools that impose suspensions for marijuana use are more likely to smoke pot than students at schools without such a policy. Data also show that counseling was found to be much more effective in reducing marijuana use than suspensions. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
Suicide Safe is a free app that can help primary care and mental health providers integrate suicide prevention strategies into their practice and address suicide risk among their patients. The app can help providers learn how to assess suicidal risk, provide information and resources to patients, start conversations with patients who may need suicide intervention, and locate treatment options. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
The Community Preventive Services Task Force offers recommendations, findings, and other materials on a variety of programs related to academic success, health, and well-being of children and teens. Intended for center-based, full-day kindergarten, high school completion, and out-of-school time academic programs, recommendations are based on a systematic review of the scientific literature. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
Developed by COPS and the National Center for Victims of Crime, this resource is hands-on implementation guide for the Teen Action Partnership (TAP) for Teen Victims (PDF, 150 pages) program, which harnesses youth as leaders, in partnership with adults, to transform their communities’ response to teenage victims of crime. The toolkit guides educators, law enforcement personnel, outreach workers, victim service providers, youth workers, and teens through the four phases of TAP for Teen Victims, and includes ideas for activities and reflections. Learn more (PDF, 150 pages). 
Posted: April 17, 2015
The CDC’s National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey found that teens and young adults are the group most likely to arrive at a hospital emergency department with injuries suffered in a motor vehicle accident. The study found race to be another factor that increased an individual’s chances of crash-related emergency room visits, with higher injury rates for blacks than whites or Hispanics. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
In response to calls for transparency, this blog post and corresponding white paper (PDF, 13 pages) written by NIMH director Thomas Insel provide insight into the NIMH budget, including what is funded, who is funded, and how funding decisions are made. Learn more.
Posted: April 17, 2015
As featured by NIH, researchers claim to have discovered a new genetic cause of autism, singling out a rare gene mutation. The gene, CTNND2, provides instructions for making a protein called delta-catenin, which plays a crucial role in the nervous system. Researchers found that a group of girls with severe autism carried CTNND2 mutations that appeared to reduce the effectiveness of delta-catenin, potentially affecting their neurological development. Learn more.