World Wide Wednesday – August 7, 2013

It’s World Wide Wednesday! Here’s what’s happening the world of foster care and adoption around the web:

  • Movies with an adoption theme can have a big impact on adopted children and teens. The “Reel” Family Movie Reviews video series is a project created by Ellen Singer, C.A.S.E. Therapist/Educator/adoptive parent, and Christin Green, C.A.S.E. Development Associate/adoptee, to provide parents with information on movies with adoption themes.
  • This factsheet provides a brief overview of the child welfare system and its purposes and functions. Child welfare systems typically receive and investigate reports of possible child abuse and neglect; provide services to families that need assistance in the protection and care of their children; arrange for children to live with kin or with foster families when they are not safe at home; and arrange for reunification, adoption, or other permanent family connections for children leaving foster care. A flowchart illustrates how cases may move through the child welfare system.

  • This factsheet was written for foster parents to help them learn about LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning) youth in the child welfare system, the unique risks they face, and the important role that foster parents can play in reducing those risks. The factsheet outlines specific actions that foster parents can take to create a welcoming home for all youth in their care and to promote youths’ health and well-being in the community. Also included are links to many resources for more information and support.
  • This Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CW TTT) was developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), in collaboration with the Rady Children’s Hospital, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, the Child and Family Policy Institute of California (CFPIC), the California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC), and the California Institute for Mental Health (CIMH).  It is designed to teach child welfare workers basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children in the child welfare system who have experienced traumatic events.  The CW TTT teaches strategies for using trauma-informed child welfare practice to enhance the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system.  The second edition of the toolkit consists of a trainer’s guide, slidekit, participant manual, and supplemental handouts.  Registration on the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma website is required to access this toolkit.

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