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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NCFY News | February 11, 2016 with Funding Opportunities

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February 11, 2016

The Family and Youth Services Bureau is accepting applications for the State Personal Responsibility Education Program, also known as PREP! Interested applicants should submit their materials by February 29.

This February, Educate Yourself on Ways to Prevent and End Teen Dating Violence
Federal News —— Join the Family and Youth Services Bureau and its partners for a number of events scheduled for Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. read more

4 Ways to Prevent Violence By Promoting Healthy Relationships During Childhood
Program Strategies —— See how two organizations in Colorado and Michigan are teaching children about safe, respectful boundaries. read more Continue reading

Implementation of Responsible Fatherhood Programs for Hispanic Men – FW: ACF OPRE News – Vol. 3 Issue 20:

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Responsible Fatherhood Programs Serving Hispanic Men

What have we learned from four Responsible Fatherhood programs designed to meet the needs of Hispanic fathers? Explore findings from this report to learn more about the social, cultural, and other factors that influenced how four organizations designed and implemented these programs. The report also provides insights into the experiences of participating fathers.

Implementing the Adapted Version of Reducing The Risk Comprehensive Sex Education Program in Rural Kentucky

What did implementation of the adapted version of Reducing the Risk comprehensive sex education program look like in rural Kentucky? Explore findings from this report to learn more about the program, its implementation, and the supports for health educators as they implemented the curriculum. The report also describes the adherence to the implementation plan and the level of youth engagement and receptiveness to the curriculum.

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OFA PeerTA Spotlight: Domestic Violence

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Dear OFA PeerTA Members,

Domestic violence affects the lives of many TANF participants. Recent data indicate that up to 72% of TANF participants report domestic violence victimization, compared to 31% of the general population. Experiencing domestic violence causes physical and mental harm, but it also has financial costs and can be a barrier to employment. Different cultural and ethnic groups, such as immigrant, LGBT, and rural populations also face unique challenges related to domestic violence. Before domestic violence survivors can become self-sufficient, they first need to secure their basic safety. During this time, providing trauma-informed care and mental health referrals are crucial to serving survivors effectively. Once survivors are safe, they may need assistance finding employment and establishing career goals with limited job skills and work history.

OFA PeerTA is highlighting resources on the unique needs and challenges facing TANF participants who are also domestic violence survivors.

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HHS Administration for Children and Families – News, Blogs and Outreach

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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month but with your involvement everyday of every month can be an opportunity to learn about and end this horrific and preventable crime. Human trafficking is a global tragedy and anyone can become a victim.

What is Human Trafficking? Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It is a crime involving the exploitation of someone for the purpose of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Where a person younger than 18 is induced to perform a commercial sex act, it is a crime regardless of whether there is any force, fraud, or coercion. Victims can be women and men, adults and children, citizens and noncitizens. Trafficking in persons occurs throughout the world, including in the United States.

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Resources: Building the Soft Skills for Success / Unaffordable America: Poverty, Housing, and Eviction

Building the Soft Skills for Success

In addition to skills like reading and math, “soft skills” such as communication and teamwork are also important for children’s success. In many cases, these soft skills are developed outside of formal education environments, such as extracurricular or community-based activities. However, there seem to be widening class gaps in participation in these after-school activities. This memo advocates for integrating more soft skills into classroom learning.

Website: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/content/building-soft-skills-success

Unaffordable America: Poverty, Housing, and Eviction

This brief from the Institute for Research on Poverty explores the crisis that poor families face in finding and maintaining affordable housing. It outlines trends that led to the current housing situation of rising costs, stagnant or falling incomes, and a shortfall of housing assistance from the Federal Government. Most poor renting families now devote over half of their income to housing costs. Additionally, eviction has become more common in low-income communities. The brief describes consequences of eviction for parents, children, and communities, as well as suggestions for policy changes.

Website: https://peerta.acf.hhs.gov/content/unaffordable-america-poverty-housing-and-eviction

PRESS RELEASE – 2014 Child Maltreatment Report

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Child abuse, neglect data released

HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) released the 25th edition of the Child Maltreatment Report, which analyzes data collected by state child protective services (CPS) agencies.  The report shows an increase from Fiscal Year 2013 to Fiscal Year 2014 in four key metrics:  referrals to CPS agencies (3.7 percent); referrals screened-in (2.3 percent); children who received an investigation or alternative response (2.0 percent); and children determined to be victims of child abuse or neglect (2.9 percent).

More than half of the states reported increases in child abuse and neglect victims; however, the largest increases were attributable to just a handful of states.  Eight states had an increase in victimizations of 15 percent or more; similar patterns exist for the increases seen in referrals and children that are screened.

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