This National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families toolkit provides information and resources to assist stakeholders in incorporating domestic violence and child maltreatment awareness into service provision, including information that will increase service provider understanding of these issues and help them identify other beneficial resources or referrals in the community that may support their efforts to institute healthy relationship policies and practices.
Vera’s New Performance Indicator System Helps Organization Measure their Capacity to Serve Survivors with Disabilities!
The Center on Victimization and Safety at the Vera Institute of Justice is pleased to release a practical tool that uses performance indicators to help providers easily measure organizational capacity to serve survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have disabilities.
This first of its kind tool provides you with a practical way to measure your organization against field standards for serving survivors with disabilities, allowing you to capture a point in time snapshot of your overall commitment
and capacity in this area. It is also designed to help you track your organization’s progress towards specific goals and refine your capacity-building efforts to better meet those goals if used over time. Using this tool requires little to no experience in conducting evaluations and draws upon information your organization likely already possesses. Step-by-step guides have been created to help providers implement this tool in each of the following types of organizations:
Free Training Opportunities
Presented by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Online Training for Substance Abuse Treatment Professionals
The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) just launched an enhanced and updated online tutorial for substance abuse treatment professionals. Through this course, you can learn more about the impact of child welfare and dependency court requirements on parents who are in substance use disorder treatment and who are involved with the child welfare system. The course is designed to highlight key considerations and effective strategies for working with these families to achieve reunification and recovery. This course is approved for 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
Resources for Working With Hispanic Families
Of the 402,378 children in foster care in the United States on September 30, 2014, 22 percent (90,299) were Hispanic. Recognizing the importance of cultural competence in working with diverse populations in child welfare, we offer a range of resources to support your work with Spanish-speaking families and community members.
Selected publications on child abuse and neglect, prevention, adoption, and more are available in Spanish. Our general Spanish resources are available at https://www.childwelfare.gov/spanish/#tab=general. To view our factsheets for families and other publications in Spanish, including a complete A to Z list of the titles we offer, visit https://www.childwelfare.gov/catalog/spanishindex/.
This guide was created to help caseworkers, foster parents, and other stakeholders learn about trauma experienced by youth in foster care. Additionally, the guide includes treatment options, including approaches other than medication, and strategies for seeking help for foster youth.
Health Literacy 101
From our earliest educational opportunities, reading and the ability to read or be literate is a skill that is encouraged and affirmed.
Another form of literacy is health literacy which refers to the ability to complete basic tasks related to having and maintaining an individual’s health. In fact, the American Medical Association has stated, “poor health literacy is a stronger predictor of a person’s health than age, income, employment status, education level, and race.”
If we want to have healthy communities made of healthy individuals, we need to have high health literacy. That is why Health Literacy Month is something we want to highlight for you along with all the tools you as leaders can use in your community increase health literacy in your communities.
The White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships works to build bridges between the federal government and nonprofit organizations, both secular and faith-based, to better serve Americans in need. The Office advances this work through Centers in various Federal agencies.
This Guide is designed to give local faith and community leaders a menu of opportunities to partner with President Obama’s Office for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships to address a variety of challenges and issues critical to local communities. This list is not by any means exhaustive. Use this Guide to review the kinds of partnerships that can be formed in the areas that are most important to your local congregation or organization.
This toolkit was produced by the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, led by the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Click here to download, Faith-based and Community Organizations Toolkit