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