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 http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction.
  • 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, newamericans.ny.gov. 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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Pay It Off Initiative by NYC HRA-OCSE

Dear Partners:

We are excited to inform you that the HRA Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) is again offering the Pay It Off initiative this year, as a result of the success of the program in 2013.  As a result of the initiative in 2013, nearly $1 million was collected and nearly $2 million was reduced in arrears owed by noncustodial parents (NCP).   The NYC Child Support Program is continually trying to improve outcomes for children.  We know that for various reasons some noncustodial parents (NCP)s have accumulated child support debt. Debt owed could serve as a barrier for NCPs to paying their child support obligations, to connecting to work, and to connecting to their children.

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HealthCare.gov: Affordable Care Act Open Enrollment


Starting November 15, consumers can once again shop for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Consumers can sign up for health plans for the first time, renew or change their plans for 2015 on HealthCare.gov; more plans are available this year

Consumers can sign up for 2015 health insurance plans through www.HealthCare.gov, the call center, or in-person assistance. With more issuers offering coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this year, the consumers will find more options for themselves and their families.

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2009–2012 Available Online


Child Welfare Outcomes 2009-2012: Report to Congress is the thirteenth in a series of reports from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (the Department). The publication is designed to inform Congress and professionals related to the child welfare field about national and state performance on several measures of outcomes for children served by child welfare systems throughout the country. The outcomes address the safety, permanency, and well-being of the children, and focus on widely accepted performance objectives for child welfare practice.

Child Welfare Outcomes 2009–2012 is solely available in electronic format. You can find the full report, along with a 12-page Executive Summary brochure, on the Children’s Bureau website:https://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/resource/cwo-09-12

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NRCDV eNewsletter (October/November 2014) focus on November: National Runaway Prevention Month


Since 1993 the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) has been a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.

Today, through its many key initiatives such as VAWnet, Women of Color Network, the Domestic Violence Awareness Project, and Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence, NRCDV works tirelessly to improve community response to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. Our comprehensive technical assistance, training and resource development are just a few examples of the many ways in which NRCDV broadly serves those dedicated to ending domestic violence in relationships and communities.

We encourage you to explore the ways that the NRCDV can be a resource to you in your domestic violence intervention and prevention efforts. As you prepare for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and other ongoing public education activities, visit our one-stop shop for free resources and check out the awareness materials in our online store.