Family Engagement Inventory Now Live!

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Family Engagement Inventory Now Live

Child Welfare Information Gateway has launched the Family Engagement Inventory (FEI). The FEI is an interactive web-based tool designed to familiarize professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early childhood education, and education with family engagement as defined and implemented across these fields of practice. It also aggregates knowledge in a way that assists professionals in multidisciplinary exploration of family engagement. The FEI will help practitioners, managers, and system leaders understand the commonalities and differences in family engagement across the disciplines in order to support collaboration among the multiple systems often working with the same families.

The Family Engagement Inventory is a microsite of Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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NEW RESOURCE: Detained or Deported: What about my children? A new toolkit (Women’s Refugee Comission)

Detained or DeportedDear A4C Policy Table,

The Women’s Refugee Commission is pleased to announce the release of its groundbreaking new publication, Detained or Deported: What about my children? What to do if you can’t be with them.

This toolkit is designed to help immigrant parents keep their families together. It is the first-ever comprehensive, nationwide resource to help families who are caught between the immigration and child welfare systems.

The toolkit will also be a valuable resource for attorneys, advocates, family members and others who work with immigrant families. It provides critical information to ensure that family unity and children’s best interests are taken into consideration in immigration, child welfare and family court decisions.

More than 5,100 children are currently in the U.S. foster care system because a parent has been detained or deported. Some parents have even lost their parental rights, and will likely never see their children again.

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New Grant Opportunities: Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration

Application Due Date: Friday, February 27, 2015SAMHSA-Wordmark-FINAL

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $400,000 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Primary and Behavioral Health Care Integration (Short Title: PBHCI) grants. The purpose of this program is to establish projects for the provision of coordinated and integrated services through the co-location of primary and specialty care medical services in community-based behavioral health settings. The goal is to improve the physical health…

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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

“THE POWER OF A FATHER’S PRESENCE: CHALLENGES AND VICTORIES IN SUPPORTING DADS CONFERENCE FOR SERVICE PROVIDERS & FATHERS”

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.

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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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