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Announcements

Posted: May 19, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families

This article provides background on the stories shared in the National Foster Care Month website’s real-life video series by children, youth, and families affected by foster care. Learn more.

Posted: May 19, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

These PSA videos were developed to help people better understand child traumatic stress and the importance of support in a child’s recovery. There are two versions, and both are available in English and Spanish. Learn more.

Posted: May 19, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative

This infographic provides key statistics and information to help the public recognize the signs of child traumatic stress. This infographic can be downloaded as a whole or by the three key subject areas and will also be available for Spanish-speaking audiences later in 2016. Learn more.

Posted: May 17, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration

This website provides career, training, and job search information to job seekers, including various career options and steps to take to obtain a job. The “Students and Career Advisors” section can help students discover their passions, research occupations that might be a good fit, and plan and execute a job search. Learn more.

Posted: May 12, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau, Child Welfare Information Gateway

Everyone can help spread the word about National Foster Care Month by adding a signature block graphic and tagline to email messages. With three taglines to choose from and detailed instructions, express a commitment to honoring, unifying, and celebrating families is easy. Learn more.

Posted: May 12, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau; Child Welfare Information Gateway

In observance of National Foster Care Month in May, the Children's Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway developed a Facebook page as a forum for organizations, groups, partners, parents, caregivers, and youth to promote the events, resources, stories, and photos to share local and national NFCM events, photos, and stories from events; inspiring stories of amazing youth, families, caregivers, and professionals; resources and information to help honor, unite, and celebrate families; and connections to new partners and organizations within the foster care community. Learn more.

Posted: May 2, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Children’s Bureau

A recent brief from the Permanency Innovations Initiative highlights how research is contributing to a better understanding of the needs of LGBTQ youth in child welfare settings. The brief presents findings from qualitative interviews conducted with youth participating in the Recognize, Intervene, Support, and Empower (RISE) project, funded through a grant from the Children’s Bureau to the Los Angeles LGBT Center. Learn more.

Posted: April 14, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

This article describes a study that used data from the 2005, 2007, and 2009 New York City Youth Risk Behavior Surveys to understand how sexual orientation affects high-school students' risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant. Results show that a young person’s sexual orientation and the gender of their sexual partners was strongly linked with risk of getting pregnant or getting someone pregnant, suggesting that adolescent pregnancy prevention efforts focused exclusively on heterosexual young people may be too narrow. Learn more.

Posted: April 14, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family & Youth Services Bureau, National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth

This article explains the guidance provided in a recent “Dear Colleague” letter (PDF, 4 pages) issued by the Department of Education which explains how school districts can use Title I funds to help children and youth experiencing homelessness. Some examples of ways districts can use the funds are to transport homeless students to and from school, pay the salaries of staff who work with homeless youth, and to generally meet the needs of these students. Learn more.

Posted: March 24, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau; Child Welfare Information Gateway

Dates: May 1-31, 2016
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. This year’s initiative focuses on family reunification with the theme "Honoring, Uniting, and Celebrating Families." The new 2016 National Foster Care Month Microsite offers resources to spread the word and plan observance activities. Learn more.

Posted: March 24, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau; Child Welfare Information Gateway

In anticipation of National Foster Care Month in May, the Children's Bureau and Child Welfare Information Gateway developed a new microsite, offering an informative list of reunification focused resources and additional tools to help users plan for the May observance. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

NIAAA released CollegeAIM, a matrix-based instrument that can help educate college staff about underage student drinking interventions and guide them in implementing evidence-based interventions. CollegeAIM also allows officials to compare approaches and select a combination that meet the needs of their students and campus. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC’s “Leaders Talk about Health Literacy” web page features information from HHS leaders that can guide offices in developing and promoting health literacy guidelines and principles that align with the goals and strategies of the National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Departments of Education and Justice

The English Learner (EL) Toolkit helps state and local education agencies help ELs by fulfilling their obligations under state law. The Toolkit has 10 chapters, one for each section of the Dear Colleague Letter (PDF, 40 pages) that outlines these obligations, and contains an overview, sample tools, and resources. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Education; National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC)

NDTAC released this tip sheet providing an overview of relevant federal offices and programs, as well as data sources, that can be used to support state- and local-level decision-making and planning efforts of programs for youth who are neglected or delinquent. It also offers key questions that program administrators and practitioners can use to dig deeper into federal datasets and initiatives. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW)

NCSCW offers free online tutorials for a wide variety of professionals related to substance abuse disorders, treatment, and recovery. NCSACW requires users to register online before access these courses:
1. Understanding Child Welfare and the Dependency Court: A Guide for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
2. Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Child Welfare Professionals
3. Understanding Substance Use Disorders, Treatment, and Family Recovery: A Guide for Legal Professionals
Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC researchers analyzed school-level implementation of the Department of Agriculture’s school nutrition standards, specifically on practices related to fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and sodium. Results show almost all schools offer whole grain foods, vegetables, and fruits during the school day, and the percentage of schools making efforts to increase the availability of these foods and decrease sodium increased from 2000 to 2014. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics

This report (PDF, 29 pages) highlights the condition of Hispanic girls and women in the United States and their participation in areas such as education, health, labor, housing, and politics. Learn more (PDF, 29 pages).

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC released the 2014 Behavior Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) data. The BRFSS is a state-based surveillance system that uses survey phone calls to collect information on risk behaviors, clinical preventive health practices, and health care access for adults 18 and older. Learn more.

Posted: February 26, 2016
Agencies & Departments:
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA)

SAMHSA released a series of behavioral health barometers presenting data for each of the 10 HHS regions of the United States. Each report uses data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health related to youth and adult mental health and substance use and treatment. Learn more.