New Toolkit for Child Welfare to Build Financial Capacity!

Financial Empowerment Toolkit: Developed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Children, Youth, and Families and Office of Community Services, this toolkit is designed to provide caseworkers, independent living skills providers, foster parents and other supportive adults with strategies and resources to critically evaluate and improve their current ability to promote financial capability for youth in foster care. It is designed for those working with youth under the age of 18 and young adults preparing to transition out of the foster care system. The toolkit is a compilation of lessons learned, best practices and practical tools, which can be used together or separately, to help service providers methodically choose and integrate new system strategies, programs or interventions to improve the financial capacity of the youth they serve. Additionally, content and tools can be tailored to meet stakeholder needs based on the intended outcomes of their services and the characteristics of the populations they are serving.

Toolkit and Tipsheets Are Located Here:

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1st Annual Fatherhood Conference on April 7, 2015 at the Westchester County Center

fatherhood_logo1st Annual New York Fatherhood Conference


Tuesday, April 7, 2015
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY

The Program Committee of the New York Fatherhood Conference is seeking workshop proposals for the April 7, 2015 event to be held at the Westchester County Center, White Plains, New York. The goal of the conference is to inspire, educate and challenge attendees to improve services and programs for fathers, and to support and educate father themselves.

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Upcoming Immigration and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) Webinars

NCJFCJ Announces Two Free Webinars  Focusing on Immigration Issues

Please join the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for a two-part webinar series exploring both the complexities that arise when working with immigrant families. These webinars are designed as both a conversation and learning opportunity for child welfare personnel, legal professionals, advocates, and other community members working with immigrant populations.


Webinar content will be presented by guest speakers from Casey Family Programs, American Bar Association, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Immigrant Legal Resource Center. All webinars will last for an hour. Please forward this announcement to your colleagues.

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New Grant Opportunities: Statewide Consumer and Family Network Programs

SAMHSA-Wordmark-FINALNew Grant Opportunities

Statewide Consumer Network Program

11/26/2014 09:35 AM EST

Application Due Date: Monday, February 2, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $95,000 per year

The purpose of this program is to improve mental health service delivery to people with serious mental illnesses. In so doing, it seeks to enhance statewide mental health consumer-run and -controlled organizations to promote service system capacity and infrastructure development that is consumer-driven, recovery-focused and resiliency­-oriented. The program goals are (1) to increase consumer participation, voice, and empowerment statewide; (2) emphasize and build consumer leadership within…

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December 1st, is World AIDS Day

World-AIDS-DayOn December 1, people throughout the world observe World AIDS Day, an opportunity for the global community to honor those living with HIV; the families, friends, caregivers, and communities who support them; and those who have lost their lives to AIDS. The theme for 2014 – “Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation” – reflects the drive to focus on interventions that work and partnerwith a broad range of stakeholders to achieve control of the epidemic and move closer to an AIDS-free generation.

For more information about the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s global and domestic response, please visit

OJJDP Announces 2015 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest– For Fifth Graders


OJJDP Announces 2015 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

OJJDP invites fifth grade students to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day poster contest. The annual contest creates an opportunity for schools, law enforcement, and other child advocates to discuss the issue of missing and/or exploited children with youth, parents, and guardians and to promote child safety.

OJJDP will invite the national winner, parents, and teacher to Washington, DC, to participate in the National Missing Children’s Day commemoration in May 2015.image002

Poster submissions are due by March 16, 2015.


Learn more about National Missing Children’s Day.

Read the poster contest rules, see the 2014 submissions and winner, and find out your state contest manager.

Access resources for families of missing or exploited children on the OJJDPand the Missing and Exploited Children’s Program Web sites.

New York State Office for New Americans (ONA)

ONA_bannerLeftIt is as important as ever to emphasize the need to:

  • Stay Informed. Information about President Obama’s executive action on immigration is available through the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service at
  • Visit your local New York State Office for New Americans Opportunity Center. The New York State Office for New Americans and a consortium of service providers will begin conducting information seminars at their offices and throughout the community. Information regarding seminars and other educational events held by local governments, Consuls General and not-for-profit service providers will be posted on the New York State Office for New Americans website, We also encourage potentially eligible immigrants to call our toll-free, multi-lingual New York State New Americans hotline at 1-800-566-7636 if they have questions about this new program.
  • Protect Yourself. Applications for the new programs or expansions are not yet available. Be vigilant of notario fraud. If you witness or have been a victim of fraud, you can anonymously report it by contacting the New York State New Americans hotline.

In the coming months, our State will be working with a consortium of immigrant communities, clergy, law firms, educators, local governments, service providers and other stakeholders on a comprehensive plan to ensure immigrants in New York State can take advantage of this opportunity, while safeguarding them from fraud. We look forward to the cooperation of our partners in government, private sector and others in this coordinated effort. Not-for-profit organizations, local governments and other potential partners interested in participating in this effort can contact the New York State Office for New Americans.

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