June: LGBT Pride Month

LGBT Pride Month helps raise awareness to the challenges faced by individuals who identify as LGBT.

Numerous resources (see www.hrc.org/acaf-resources) are available on best practices for serving this population from leading organizations including the Child Welfare League of America.

By better serving LGBT resource families and effectively recruiting and retaining these families.

To learn more, visit All Children – All Families online at www.hrc.org/acaf

New preteen and teen vaccine information from HHS


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health (OWH), Office of Adolescent Health (OAH), the National Vaccine Program Office (NVPO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) collaborated with WebMD through an Interagency agreement with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on products that educate parents of adolescents and preteens about vaccines.

These new consumer resources help parents understand which vaccines their preteen and adolescent children need to have and why. The products are available at http://www.webmd.com/preteen-vaccines and include:

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Information by The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families

Just wanted to share this information by The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, which is supported by a grant from the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation.

Raising the Visibility of Low-Income LGBTQ Hispanic Families

Hispanic same-sex couples are more likely to have children than the broader LGBTQ population, and these families are more likely to live in poverty than their non-Hispanic counterparts. To improve our understanding of this subset of the U.S. Hispanic population, we take a deeper look at their demographics in a new Hispanic Voices blog. Read it here.  

Also please see Breaking Barriers: Improving Services for LGBTQ Human Trafficking Victims for more information on working on trafficking issues and the LBGTQ community.

New financial education resource: Financial Education Exchange (CFPB FinEx)


Good afternoon,

Are you a financial educator? Do you help consumers take charge of their financial lives? The CFPB’s Office of Financial Education created the CFPB Financial Education Exchange (CFPB FinEx) to help you help the people you serve. The CFPB FinEx shows you ways to improve the financial well-being of the people you work with. It’s free and open to the public.

To sign up, email CFPB_FinEx@cfpb.gov.

CFPB FinEx offers opportunities for you to:

  • Learn: Find our latest research, tools, and resources for financial educators. Our free resources and tools for financial educators that you can access, download, and use can be found at consumerfinance.gov/adult-financial-education.
  • Pledge:  Take the CFPB FinEx Pledge to use our tools and resources and provide your feedback. (Participation in the pledge and survey is voluntary.)
  • Connect:  Join webinars on new research findings, and receive updates and invitations via email.

Check out the Resources for Financial Educators webpage to learn more:  consumerfinance.gov/adult-financial-education

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SPECIAL UPDATE: National Men’s Health Week!


SPECIAL UPDATE: National Men’s Health Week! Keeping Men Healthy

National Men’s Health Week is June 15- 21 and creates an opportunity to get the word out on preventive services available to the men in our lives.

Starting the Conversation

Let’s make sure men are covered by starting more conversations about health and health coverage.  Why? Nearly 23 million men, especially young adult men, are uninsured today. We want the men in our lives – our fathers, our brothers, our sons, our friends – to stay healthy.  Getting health insurance is one way to make that a reality and it can all start with a conversation.  Brother2Brother provides three questions to spark conversations with men about health care and getting health coverage.  These questions give men the opportunity to invest in a healthy future for themselves, their families, and friends.

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Resources for Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth

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Supporting and Promoting the Well-Being of LGBTQ Youth

National LGBTQ Pride Month reminds us all to work against prejudice and toward a safer and equal society for all, including LGBTQ youth and families involved in child welfare. There are approximately 166,000 youth ages 10–18 in foster care in the United States. Of these youth, an estimated 5–10 percent—and likely more—identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Additionally, more LGBTQ individuals and couples are choosing to grow their families through adoption.

In honor of Pride Month, we are pointing to our publications geared toward helping LGBTQ youth involved with child welfare and LGBTQ individuals, couples, and families interested in adoption.

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Public Housing Authorities’ integration of employment supports

Webinar Materials Available: Promoting Work in Public Housing: Employment Service Programs, April 2015

This webinar from the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse (SSRC) explored Public Housing Authorities’ integration of employment supports and their impacts in supporting residents’ job training and work placement. Speakers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, MDRC, the Urban Institute, Abt Associates, and ICF International described their experiences implementing and evaluating economic and job development programs that focus on public housing residents.

Website: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/content/webinar-materials-promoting-work-public-housing-employment-service-programs