Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Resources For Working with Older Youth

Two new publications have been added to the National CASA Resource Library section on Working with Older Youth.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Complimentary issue of RISE Magazine

CWLA is pleased to share a complimentary copy of "Rise" magazine. Rise teaches and encourages parents to write about their experiences with the child welfare system in order to support parents and parent advocacy, and to guide child welfare practitioners and policymakers in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve. "Rise" Issue Number 25, Fall 2013.

Identifying trauma in children early: Prevention treatments lower risk of stress disorders

Science World Report
Accidents of any kind can create lasting memories of fear, grief and sadness. And when terrorizing memories strike younger individuals, it can cause a great deal problems that may last well into adulthood and throughout life. A recent study takes an in-depth look at how children are affected by traumatizing accidents and how these events can cause them to suffer from stress disorders long after the problems have gone.  For more go here.

Is sibling bullying normal or a form of violence?

Psych Central 
New research suggests that sibling bullying be seen as a type of violence experienced by many kids that has been overlooked. Robin Kowalski, Ph.D., a Clemson University psychology professor, explored sibling bullying by examining prevalence rates, the extent to which siblings perceive sibling bullying to be normative, and victim–perpetrator differences in perceptions of sibling bullying.  For more go here.

Abused as a child, adopted teen now reaches out to foster children

The Advocate
Elijah Evans easily and effortlessly tells the story of his early life — life before he found a home and a feeling for what the word "family" meant. "I'm not uncomfortable sharing it because it was negative and positive. It was a negative experience that became positive because God put me in a better place. Now, I get to do something in the community, and make a difference," said Evans, now a confident young teen, weeks away from his 16th birthday, about the abuse he survived at the hands of the woman who gave birth to him. For more here.

Kinship Foster Caregivers

Kinship Foster Caregivers — Partners for Permanency

By Lynne Soine, DSW, MSW, LMSW 
Social Work Today
Vol. 13 No. 5 P. 12

The child welfare system has embraced permanency planning for decades, and increasing access to financial, social, medical, and educational resources for formal and informal kinship foster care providers benefits both the children and the system.  For more go here.

Child Welfare League of America - Petition to Protect Adopted Children From Human Trafficking

Abandoned every week
On average one child per week is advertised on the Internet by struggling adoptive parents privately offering them to strangers, according to a recent Reuters report. Absent any vetting or background check process, the children are at serious risk of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Will you take action for these children?

One quick action per week until Adoption Month in November will build the momentum to compel Congress and the Administration to investigate and stop this appalling practice.

Sign our petition this week at: There you can learn more and find a list of actions you can take every week to promote the effort to protect children and support adoptive families.

Wings For Life - Teen Dating Violence

Wings for L.I.F.E.
(Life-skills Imparted to Families through Education)
Teen Dating Violence
(What teens and parents can do to help break the cycle)
Presented By
Doug Southern, Roswell Refuge
 Doors open at 5:45. Meeting starts at 6:00.
Special Teen Door Prize
Baby Sitting
All for Free

St. Andrew’s Church Hall
505 N. Pennsylvania
SUNDAY, October 6th, 2013
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM

For Questions call:  Shelly @ 317-2042
family friendly environment
(Sitter available)

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Child Victim Web: New Online Training Resource

The National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC) at the Medical University of South Carolina has developed a new multimedia online training resource designed for professionals from all disciplines who work with children and adolescents who have experienced or witnessed serious violence.

Child Victim Web includes training on the scope and impact of childhood victimization, evidence-based treatment plans and best practices for helping victimized youth and their families.

See the video introduction for more detailed information.

Retaining Medicaid Coverage for Foster Youth

Effective January 1, 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision which allows all young people who were or are in foster care at age 18 to retain Medicaid coverage up to age 26.

The State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) has released a new brief outlining key steps child welfare stakeholders can take to ensure Medicaid coverage for these youth. SPARC has also released a new communications toolkit to facilitate outreach aimed at communicating the changes in the law to foster youth.