Resource Materials: Serving our Youth and Asset Building

Webcast Series Materials: Serving our Youth: Working with Family and Youth Services Bureau, January 2016

These podcasts were produced in partnership between U.S. Department of Labor, Employment & Training Administration and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB). They share information on providing resources and support for job seekers who are homeless youth, pregnant and parenting youth, or victims of domestic violence.

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2010–2013 Available Online

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Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2013 is now available online

Child Welfare Outcomes 2010-2013: Report to Congress is the fourteenth 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.

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News from the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness

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Your Participation in the Point-in-Time Count Matters More Than Ever

As point-in-time counts take place across the country over the next few weeks, Executive Director Matthew Doherty reflects on the importance of counting people experiencing homelessness and the amazing efforts of organizers and volunteers alike.

First Lady Addresses Mayors, Encourages Continued Commitment to Ending Veteran Homelessness

At last week’s U.S. Conference of Mayors, First Lady Michelle Obama commended communities for their progress so far, and reiterated her support — and that of the entire Obama Administration — for ending Veteran homelessness everywhere.

Watch Mrs. Obama’s full remarks. Read the transcript.

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Revised Opioid Overdose Toolkit Now Available


SAMHSA has released a revised version of the Opioid Overdose Toolkit. This toolkit is designed to educate first responders, physicians, patients, family members, and community members on ways to prevent opioid overdose.

Opioid use disorder has become a major health problem that accounts for a growing number of overdoses each year. In 2014, opioid overdose deaths reached alarming levels: More than 28,000 people in the United States died from opioid overdose, mainly opioid pain relievers and heroin.

The revised content now includes information on the first FDA-approved nasal spray version of naloxone hydrochloride, a life-saving medication that can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose.

The updated toolkit is available for free download on the SAMHSA Store.

Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities: Final Report Released

The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) has released their final report, Within Our Reach: A National Strategy toEliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

This final report from the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities presents the Commission’s findings and its recommendations to the White House and Congress for ending child maltreatment fatalities in the United States within the context of a new child welfare system for the 21st century.

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A ‘Twofer’ March for the Children’s Bureau: Celebrating Women’s History and Social Work

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March has the dual distinction of being both National Women’s History Month and National Social Work Month. At the Children’s Bureau, both hold a special significance as the first two leaders of the Bureau were women-a dynamic duo whose dedication to protecting impoverished children and other disadvantaged members of society helped to launch the child welfare and social work movements we know today.

Julia Lathrop, the first director of the Children’s Bureau and the first woman to head a Federal agency, and Grace Abbott, the second CB director, were referred to, respectively, as “America’s First Official Mother,” and “The Mother of America’s 43 million children.”

Julia Lathrop’s devotion to social service reform began with her 1893 appointment to the Illinois State Board of Charities, where she advocated for the training of professional social workers. She was appointed the first head of the Children’s Bureau in 1912, where maternal and infant health and child labor practices were a major focus of her work.

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Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration

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When children are separated from their parents due to incarceration-possible coupled with out-of-home care-they may experience a variety of negative outcomes. According to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), approximately 8 percent of all children who entered care in 2013 did so because of parental incarceration. The intersection of child welfare and parental incarceration is a growing concern for child welfare and related professionals.

Our new bulletin for professionals, Child Welfare Practice With Families Affected by Parental Incarceration, provides an overview of the scope of this issue; highlights practices to facilitate parent-child visits during incarceration, include parents in case planning, and work towards reunification; and points to resources to help caseworkers in their practice with these children and families. Working with incarcerated parents and their families has many barriers for child welfare caseworkers, but there are resources available that can help them overcome these challenges and improve outcomes for these children and families.

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