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Spring 2016

Practice Issues in Child Welfare – 796.53
Tuesday - 2:00 -3:50PM

Session 1 - -February 2, 2016
- Introduction and Orientation to the Course
Resources and Readings:

Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) FY 2014 data
Data as of July, 2015 

Safety, Permanency and Well Being from the Children's Bureau

Sessions 2, 3, 4 & 5 — Meaning Family Engagement
- Introduction and Orientation to the Course
Resources and Readings:

Where do our Families Come From/ How did they get to be there?
How to Engage Families who experience Triple Threat: Substance Abuse; Domestic Violence; and Mental Health Issues under a dense umbrella of Poverty
Culturally Responsive Practice with Children, Youth, and Families
Required Readings:
Readings from NRCPFC


Bossard et al chapter in Mallon & Hess *
Ryan and Huang Chapter in Mallon/Hess
Postmus Chapter in Mallon/Hess
Dore Chapter in Mallon/Hess
Rivera Chapter in Mallon/Hess
Coakley Chapter in Mallon/Hess Fatherhood
Rise Magazine

NRCPFC Family Engagement Toolkit *

The Importance of Family Engagement in Child Welfare
NRCPFC Digital Stories
Angela, Sherry, Carmen and Bernadette

Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes. 3rd Edition.
Wiig, Janet K. Tuell, John A. Heldman, Jessica K.
Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps. 2013
Voices from the Field: Stakeholder Perspectives on Family Finding.
Jordan, Elizabeth. Williams, Sarah Catherine.
Child Trends. 2014
Alma's Family Part I & II and Alma's Family Part III *
Chapter 5 Nothing About Us Without Us, Bossard et al
Briar-Lawson, K., McCarthy, M, & N. Dickinson (Eds.). (2013).  The Children's Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies.  Washington, DC: NASW Press.

Assessment & Case Planning in Child Welfare

Implementation Science and Setting SMART Goals- PowerPoint
SMART Goals  -- http://www.extension.org/pages/11229/what-are-smart-goals#.UkDj1bx8J6M

Engaging Youth Voice

(1) Ten Things that Youth Want Child Welfare Professionals to Know: Engaging Youth in Foster Care and (2) Ten Things that Youth Want Child Welfare Professionals to Know: Talking to Youth in Foster Care about Permanency
Project LIFE, a partnership of United Methodist Family Services with and funded by Virginia Department of Social Services, held a state-wide conference on permanency in October 2013. During the conference, adopted youth and youth in foster care shared their experiences and developed their ideas into tips for child welfare workers. These resources from the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections highlight their recommendations for workers (1) when engaging youth in foster care and (2) for talking to youth in foster care about permanency. (November 2013)

Engaging Families Embracing Change

MFE Reflective Practice-Thinking Forward

Sessions 6, 7, 8 & 9  Trauma Informed Child Welfare Practice
Resources and Readings:


The National Child Traumatic Stress Network is dedicated to providing state-of-the-art training to enhance the quality of clinical assessment, treatment, and services for traumatized children, adolescents, their families, and communities. To that end, the Network offers a variety of in-person and online (live and on-demand) training opportunities 


The National Center is a collaboration between the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service and the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. As a member of the National Child  Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), the National Center works with NCTSN committees, developers of evidence-based trauma treatment methods, schools of social work, and community providers.

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit
The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolki2nd Edition is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events. The toolkit 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 toolkit can be accessed at the NCTSN Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma.

The content of the toolkit was developed by the Child Welfare Committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The original version of the Toolkit was released in 2008. Training and implementation of the Toolkit has been provided to child welfare agencies and jurisdictions across the country. Revisions to the Toolkit began in 2011, and this second edition is the final result of those revisions. Changes to the Toolkit incorporate updated research and enhanced content on types of trauma, cultural implications, and long-term effects of childhood trauma, parent trauma, and secondary traumatic stress. The revised version also embodies the Essential Elements of a Child Welfare System.
Readings and Resources from NRCPFC

Resources from the T/TA Network, Children’s Bureau, & DHHS

  • Letter: Helping Victims of Childhood Trauma Heal and Recover
    Three HHS agencies – Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – have come together to issue a letter to state directors of child welfare, Medicaid, and mental health authorities encouraging them to strengthen their efforts to address complex trauma among children and youth known to child welfare. This letter provides useful and actionable information about federal authority and funding streams, strategies for coordinating cross-system efforts, and good practices for integrating evidence-based screening, assessment, and interventions related to complex trauma. (July 2013)
  • Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment
    Child maltreatment is a global public health problem. The prevalence of child maltreatment translates into a significant economic burden to society, cutting across many different service sectors including child welfare, health and mental care, special education, and criminal justice. This comparative effectiveness review (CER), focuses on parenting interventions, trauma focused treatments, and enhanced foster care approaches that address child exposure to maltreatment. It is the first in a two-part series focusing on clinical (psychosocial and/or pharmacological) interventions for children exposed to traumatic experiences. This review was carried out under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) Effective Health Care Program. The goal of this resource is two-fold: (1) to provide stakeholders with a synthesis of the best evidence in the field of child maltreatment and (2) to identify critical areas to address in future intervention research. (April 2013)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Children in Foster Care
    This NRCPFC information packet was authored by Jessica Hieger and edited by Lyn Ariyakulkan, MSW and Tracy Serdjenian, MSW.  The publication provides an overview of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children in foster care, presents relevant facts and statistics, and discusses policies and legislation pertaining to oversight and coordination of health care services for children in foster care.  A list of programs implementing trauma-informed services, as well as additional resources and websites are provided. (December 2012)
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children Affected by Sexual Abuse or Trauma
    Published by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau, this issue highlights Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidence-based treatment approach to helping children affected by sexual abuse or other traumatic events.  TF-CBT aims to reduce both negative emotional and behavioral responses following child traumatic, while also helping caregivers to effectively cope with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children.  The issue brief, written primarily for caseworkers and other professionals working with at-risk families, discusses the features, key components, target population, and effectiveness of TF-CBT.  It provides suggestions for workers and professionals referring children and caregivers to TF-CBT therapists, as well as considerations for child welfare agency administrators, and concludes with an array of additional resources. (August 2012)
  • Children’s Bureau Express Online Digest: Spotlight on Trauma-Informed Care
    This issue of Children’s Bureau Express focuses on trauma-informed child welfare practice.  It includes information on the Integrating Trauma-Informed and Trauma-Focused Practice in Child Protective Service (CPS) Delivery grant cluster; spotlights publications on the effects of trauma on adolescent brain development, creating trauma-informed child welfare systems, trauma across the spectrum of experience, advancing practices on trauma intervention, and trauma and refugee families; and highlights resources and services of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and SAMHSA’s National Center for Trauma-Informed Care. (February 2012)

Teleconferences, Webinars, and Webcasts

  • Children Whose Parents Have Experienced Childhood Trauma – Challenges, Obligations, and Reasonable Efforts for Reunification
    In this forum recording from the Chapin Hall Child and Family Policy Forum, presenters discussed findings from a Chapin Hall report in which researchers identified a subset of parents involved with the child welfare system who have extensive childhood trauma experiences and face multiple challenges or service needs. These findings have implications for caseworker engagement and service interventions, and they also raise fundamental questions about our obligation and approaches to working with parents, protecting children, and promoting well-being. This forum also discussed changes to policies and practices in the child welfare, legal, and human services fields that may be necessary in order to improve the well-being of this group of children and their families. (May 2013)
  • Trauma-Informed Practice with Children and Youth in the Child Welfare System
    In this NRCPFC webcast, presenters discussed a growing area of focus in child welfare – trauma-informed practice and intervention. During this webcast, Dr. Glenn Saxe and Erika Tullberg from the NYU Child Study Center provided information about how trauma impacts children, families, and staff involved in the child welfare system, and offered concrete ways that foster parents, staff, agency leaders, and other stakeholders can help mitigate trauma’s impact on children, families, and the child welfare system overall. During this presentation, Dr. Saxe provided an overview of Trauma Systems Therapy, an evidence-informed, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach used by a growing number of child welfare providers that goes beyond a doctor and a child/youth in an office and takes into account a child/youth’s support system and home environment in addressing his or her trauma-related symptoms. The presenters shared information about resources that can support trauma-informed practice and intervention. (February 2013)
  • NRCOI Webinar Series: Trauma Informed Child Welfare 
    The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI), a service of the Children’s Bureau and member of the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network, hosted a two-part webinar series on trauma-informed child welfare that took place during November 2012 and January 2013: 
    • Building Systems to Support Trauma-Informed Practice 
      The first part of this webinar series introduces trauma-informed child welfare systems with the emphasis on how their pieces fit together to positively impact outcomes.  It explores steps that can be taken to build systems to support trauma-informed practice and provides lessons learned by sites engaged in the process of building these systems. (November 15, 2012) 
    • Expanding Trauma-Informed Services in Child Welfare Systems
      This second part of the webinar series was cosponsored by the National Resource Center for Legal and Judicial Issues (NRCLJI), a service of the Children’s Bureau and member of the Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Network.  The event presented resources and strategies for child welfare agencies, providers, and courts to utilize in developing trauma-informed services across child serving systems.  It also highlighted resources available from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), and discussed steps taken by leaders from the local child welfare, mental health, and court systems to expand trauma-informed services in their systems and collaboratively.  (January 10, 2013). 
  • NRCPFC Webinar: Trauma-Informed Child Welfare
    This NRCPFC teleconference/webinar featured Erika Tullberg, Administrative Director, ACS-NYU Children’s Trauma Institute, who addressed the issue of trauma as it relates to the child welfare system.  The presentation provided a definition of a trauma-informed child welfare system; discussed the impact of traumatic stress on children, parents, staff, and the system; provided information about resources available through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and shared ways in which trauma-informed practice is currently being implemented. (November 16, 2011)
  • NRCPFC Teleconference- Secondary Trauma: Building Resilience Among Child Welfare Staff
    In this NRCPFC teleconference/webinar, Erika Tullberg (Executive Director Clinical Systems and Support, New York City Administration for Children’s Services), Fernando Lorence (Child Protective Manager, New York City Administration for Children’s Services), and Phoebe Nesmith (Supervisor 11, Child Protective Division, New York City Administration for Children’s Services) addressed the issue of secondary trauma in child welfare staff and the necessity to build resiliency.  The presentation reviewed data on secondary traumatic stress of child welfare staff and reviewed interventions designed to increase staff resiliency and reduce burnout. (May 12, 2010)

Research and Reports

  • IMPACT Special Edition – Culture and Trauma
    This special edition issue of IMPACT, the quarterly newsletter of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), is devoted entirely to the relationship between culture and trauma.  It describes the incredible work being done across the Network by members with informed perspectives on the cultural dimensions of trauma at multiple levels: the individual, including both the client and practitioner; the organization or system; and the broader community.  While the issue highlights a wide spectrum of stories and topics, the common thread is appreciation of the intersection of culture and trauma and NCTSN’s commitment to embracing it. (Spring 2012
  • Helping Children Cope with Violence and Trauma: A School-Based Program That Works
    Published by The RAND Corporation, this research brief discusses the development, implementation, and evaluation of the Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), an approach designed to help children traumatized by violence.  CBITS was developed at RAND in close collaboration with mental health clinicians at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).  The intervention consisted of ten group sessions designed for inner-city schools with a multicultural population, and was successfully implemented and delivered by school-based mental health clinicians.  CBITS was found to significantly reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress and depression in students exposed to violence. (2011)
  • Helping Children in the Child Welfare System Heal from Trauma: A Systems Integration Approach 
    This report from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s System Integration Working Group presents the results of a survey conducted among 53 agencies in 11 communities.  The goal of this survey was to determine how various service systems communicate with each other about trauma and how the traumatized child is positively or negatively affected through interaction with these systems.  The survey is a first step of a larger project, whose ultimate goal is to identify gaps in communication among agencies and systems, as well as to develop training and educational materials to improve collaboration on issues associated with child maltreatment and trauma. (2005)


  • Supporting Infants, Toddlers and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma – A Community Action Guide
    Using a case study approach, this guide published by SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) presents resources that service providers, advocates, and practitioners can use to better understand and engage the community in responding to children whose caregivers are negatively impacted by mental illness, substance abuse, or trauma. (October 2012)
  • Trauma-Informed Care Emerging as Proven Treatment for Children, Adults with Behavioral, Mental Health Problems
    Children who are physically or sexually abused, or who go through other trauma-inducing experiences, can develop mental health disorders and related problems. Indeed, trauma can fundamentally affect how a young person grows and develops. Trauma-informed care is a treatment approach that explicitly acknowledges the role trauma plays in people’s lives. That approach is increasingly being developed and refined as a method of treatment by professionals working in medicine, mental health, education, foster care, juvenile justice, and other areas. 
    This brief article from Youth Law News, by Ta Lynn Mitchell, discusses: Exposure to Trauma; Trauma’s Effects; Trauma-Informed Care; Helping Native Youth; and Trauma-Informed Care in California, and Beyond. (2012)
  • Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates
    This issue brief translates emerging research and program practice into action steps for dependency and de­linquency judges, attorneys, and legal advocates. The goal is to build their capacity to meet the needs of children and youth who are victimized and exposed to violence or other traumatic events. In this resource, developed in partnership with the Safe Start Center, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and Child and Family Policy Associates, you will find: information about the prevalence and impact of victimization and exposure to violence; practice tips for juvenile defenders, children's attorneys and GALs, judges, and CASAs; explanations of traumatic stress symptoms and trauma-related assessments and treatments; descriptions of promising local and state initiatives to address trauma; and, guidance on policy reforms and other considerations for trauma-informed advocacy. (2012)
  • Evidence-Based Treatments for Childhood Trauma
    This volume of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter (VCPN), a publication by James Madison University that is sponsored by the Virginia Department of Social Services, focuses on childhood trauma and some available evidence-based treatments for children who have experienced trauma.  Evidence-based treatments discussed in this publication include: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP), Continued Parent-Child Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CPC-CBT), Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), and Culturally Modified Trauma-Focused Treatment (CM-TF). (Fall 2012)
  • Birth Parents with Trauma Histories and the Child Welfare System
    This series of four fact sheets from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) were put forth by the Birth Parent Subcommittee of the Child Welfare Committee regarding the serious consequences of trauma histories for birth parents, as well as the potential impact it can have on their children and families.
    • A Guide for Birth Parents 
      This guide is specifically for birth parents that may be involved with the child welfare system or have experienced trauma.  The guide defines trauma, discusses how trauma may affect parents and their parenting, provides suggestions for what parents can do if they have experienced trauma, and explains how therapy can help. (2012)
    • A Guide for Child Welfare Staff 
      Developed for child welfare professionals, this guide describes how trauma can affect parents, provides suggestions for using a trauma-informed approach when working with birth parents, and addresses secondary trauma in child welfare professionals. (2011)
    • A Guide for Judges and Attorneys 
      Aimed at judges and attorneys, this guide describes the signs of trauma, how trauma affects parents, secondary or vicarious traumatic stress in those working in family court, and explains how to use a trauma-informed approach working with birth parents. (2011)
    • A Guide for Resource Parents 
      This guide for resource parents discusses the effects of trauma on birth parents, describes how resource parents can work together with birth parents, and provides suggestions for what resource parents can do to protect themselves from secondary traumatic stress. (2011)
  • Safe Start Center: Trauma-Informed Care Tip Sheets
    The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  The Safe Start Center website offers a variety of tools and resources, including the following trauma-informed care tip sheets:

For Safe Start resources in Spanish, see the Publicaciones en Español section.

  • SAMHSA Coping with Violence and Traumatic Events 
    This resource from the SAMHSA provides information for students, adults, families, school personnel, responders, and health professionals regarding coping with violence and traumatic events.
  • Trauma-Informed Care: Tips for Youth Workers
    The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) published this guide which emphasizes the importance of unique individual responses to trauma, discusses triggers, and highlights how youth workers can incorporate a trauma-informed approach in working with young people.
  • Understanding Child Traumatic Stress 
    In this brochure from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), child traumatic stress in young children, school-aged children, and adolescents is discussed.  Information on the development of trauma, responses to trauma, recovering from traumatic stress, and on the NCTSN are also provided.

Secondary Traumatic Stress

  • Secondary Traumatic Stress
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has produced this webpage devoted to secondary traumatic stress (STS) and the work of the STS Committee.  This webpage provides users with an overview of STS, as well as information on identifying STS and strategies for prevention and intervention.  It also includes a section listing additional resources related to STS that can be used by individuals and organizations to create STS-informed responses to indirect trauma exposure.

Creative Approaches to Addressing Trauma


art_ therapy _tools_for_working_through_trauma.pdf

Resources from the States

  • Connecticut:  
    Trauma-Informed Care
    In light of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Connecticut Department of Children & Families (DCF) provides this resource with valuable information on trauma-informed care.  It includes an overview of child trauma, information on how trauma affects children and caregivers, the importance of trauma-informed care to DCF, effective treatments for child traumatic stress, essential elements of trauma-informed child welfare systems, guiding principles for trauma-informed child welfare practice, and additional resources and websites. (December 2012)
  • Florida:
    • Florida Department of Children and Families (DCS): Trauma-Informed Care
      This webpage from Florida DCS describes the importance of organizations implementing trauma-informed care, explains the concept of trauma-informed systems, and provides relevant websites and resources.
    • Trauma-Informed Care Overview
      Created by the Gabriel Myers Workgroup, a special initiative of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCS), this Power Point Presentation provides an overview of trauma, explores the impact on child development and functioning, and presents effective prevention and treatment strategies and practices.  (March 2010)
  • Oklahoma:
    Practice and Policy Lecture Series: Trauma Informed Child Welfare
    Sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) Office of Planning, Research and Statistics and the University of Oklahoma Center for Public Management, this presentation features Lisa Conradi, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Chadwick Center for Children and Families in San Diego.  “Dr. Conradi will provide an overview of the essential elements of a trauma-informed child welfare system.  She will discuss how these essential elements have been applied at CW jurisdictions across the country, focusing specifically on a Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) focused on using trauma-informed child welfare practice to improve foster care placement stability.  She will provide participants with concrete practice changes they can take home to their own jurisdictions” (September 13, 2012)
  • Texas:
    Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS): Trauma Informed Care Training
    This free online training provided by the Texas DFPS seeks to promote greater understanding by families, caregivers, and other social service providers of trauma informed care and child traumatic stress. (November 2012) 
  • Virginia:
    VCPN: Evidence-based Treatments for Childhood Trauma 
    Volume 95 of the Virginia Child Protection Newsletter (VCPN) focuses on evidence-based treatments for childhood trauma. It provides information about specific evidence-based treatments, the impact of trauma on children, what child welfare workers can do to offer trauma-informed services, and resources. It includes a listing of questions to ask treatment providers, highlights State Practice Improvement Projects in North Carolina and South Carolina, and discusses INVEST for Children: A Community-Based Learning Collaborative in Virginia. (Fall 2012)


  • Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit
    This toolkit, produced by the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP), is designed to provide guidance, support, and practical suggestions to assist in the creation of a more trauma-informed child welfare system.  It is comprised of the following five documents, which are available to download for free following required registration (2013):
    • Creating Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Systems: A Guide for Administrators, 2nd Edition
    • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Mental Health for Child Welfare
    • Desk Guide on Trauma-Informed Child Welfare for Mental Health Professionals
    • Guidelines for Applying a Trauma Lens to a Child Welfare Practice Model
    • Trauma System Readiness Tool
  • A Social Worker’s Tool Kit for Working with Immigrant Families – Healing the Damage: Trauma and Immigrant Families in the Child Welfare System
    Written by the Migration and Child Welfare National Network, this tool kit provides public child welfare and community-based agencies working with immigrant families with guidelines for integrating child welfare practice – from engagement to case closure – with trauma-informed care and trauma-specific services. In addition, the tool kit describes strategies to build an organization’s capacity to better respond to the needs of immigrant families exposed to child maltreatment, domestic and community violence, and other traumatic stressors. It responds to frequently asked questions illustrated by case examples and provides website links and other resources. Download the Executive Summary and tool kit. (2010)
  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network Toolkits 
    The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) offers a variety of educational and training resources and products for professionals.  Toolkits and materials offered by NCTSN cover a variety of trauma areas:


  • CTG Web: A web-based learning course for Using TF-CBT With Childhood Traumatic Grief
    A free web-based training course for using Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with childhood traumatic grief (CTG).  This course was developed with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by NCTSN member sites: the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, the Center for Traumatic Stress for Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital, and the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. (2008)
  • TF-CBT Web: A web-based learning course for learning Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
    A free web-based training course for learning Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), an evidenced based treatment for traumatic stress.  This course was developed with support from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services by NCTSN member sites: the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center of the Medical University of South Carolina, the Center for Traumatic Stress for Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital, and the Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey's School of Osteopathic Medicine. (2005)
  • Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP)
    This free web-based training course developed by NCTSN member, The Chadwick Center for Children and Families with support from through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is designed for therapists and program administrators who work with traumatized children.  TAP is an assessment and treatment model that incorporates ongoing assessments of child and family functioning into the selection and delivery of trauma-focused interventions.
  • Recognizing and Addressing Trauma in Infants, Young Children, and their Families 
    This tutorial from the Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation with support from Office of Head Start, Administration for Children, Youth and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, was developed to help early childhood mental health consultants as well as Early Head Start and Head Start staff understand what is meant by trauma, recognize the developmental context of trauma in early childhood, and extend their own knowledge for intervention through consultation.


  • The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
    In 2000, Congress established the national Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), funded by the Center for mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services through a congressional initiative: the Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative. NCTSN is a unique collaboration of academic and community-based service centers whose mission is to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for traumatized children and their families across the United States. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and attention to cultural perspectives, the NCTSN serves as a national resource for developing and disseminating evidence-based interventions, trauma-informed services, and public and professional education.
  • National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth 
    The National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth (NCFY) is a resource of the Family and Youth Services Bureau. NCFY offers articles, publications, podcasts, and tools on various topics relating to youth and families.
  • Safe Start Center
    The Safe Start Initiative is funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The goal of the Safe Start Initiative is to broaden the knowledge of, and promote community investment in, evidence-based strategies for reducing the impact of children’s exposure to violence. The Safe Start Center website offers a variety of resources and tools.


Alone in the System
Would my son have come home sooner if someone had taken the time to know me?

By Jeanette Vega

I was 19 when I was arrested for hitting my 2-year-old son with a belt. 

After he was taken, I didn't want to talk to anyone. I was afraid to be seen as a monster. Was I an evil person? Or did I just make a mistake as a first-time mom doing what I knew, how I was raised? 

I felt angry at being judged, but I also felt scared of myself, confused and ashamed. >>READ MORE

Parents Training Professionals 

In the past six months, Rise's parent leaders have presented their stories and recommendations to more than 500 child welfare professionals.

Led by Rise parent leaders Piazadora Footman (left) and Jeanette Vega, we have presented to all new NYC Administration for Children's Services (ACS) frontline staff, all ACS Family Court Legal Services attorneys, and Manhattan and Bronx Family Court professionals.

Learn more:

* Read the speech that earned Jeanette a standing ovation yesterday! 

Read parents' recommendations for family court.

PCIT Presentation

Children's Bureau Express: December 2015 Edition Alert

Children's Bureau Express

Spotlight on the Affordable Care Act
The 2016 Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period is currently underway, and the final deadline to sign up for 2016 coverage is January 31, 2016. Providing children and youth in foster care with appropriate health care is vital to ensuring their overall well-being and positive outcomes. This month, CBX highlights resources and tools on the ACA and health-care services for children and youth in foster care.


Comparing Federal Laws Providing Medicaid Coverage


Information Gateway Brief: Health-Care Coverage for Youth in Care


Boosting Foster Care Alumni Health-Care Enrollment


Reconnecting Young Adults With Medicaid Coverage


Barriers to Accessing Preventive Services in the ACA


Tips and Tools: Increasing Coverage for Children, Youth, and Families

News From the Children's Bureau
In this month's "Commissioner's Page," two young adults formerly in foster care share their experiences in receiving health-care services during and after care.


Commissioner's Page


Compendium of Instruments to Measure Child Welfare Outcomes


Examining Behavioral Health Services Under the Affordable Care Act


CB Website Updates

Child Welfare Research
This month, CBX features a two-volume special issue of the Child Welfare journal dedicated to families in child welfare affected by substance use, a report on the importance of using baseline equivalence in measuring a program's effectiveness, and more.


Journal Issue Focuses on Child Welfare and Substance Use


Using Baseline Equivalence to Measure Program Effectiveness


Annual Report Highlights Global Family Health Indicators


Disparities in Access to Postadoption Services

Strategies and Tools for Practice
This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other instruments that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


December Special Initiatives: Focus on National Health


New Blog Series Raises Awareness About Girls' Aggression


The Intersection of Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking

This CBX section provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.


Utilizing and Creating Adoption Support Groups


Documentary Film Sheds Light on Reunification


Differential Diagnosis: Trauma and ADHD

Training and Conferences


On-Demand Father Engagement Training Certificate



Sessions 10, 11, 12 & 13
Evidence Based Practices
Resources and Readings:

Evidence Based Practice in Child Welfare:  

Solution Focused Casework:  

Evidenced Based Practices:

At Scale Implementation of Evidence-Based Interventions: Policy, Practice, & Evaluation Perspectives

New Series: Stories by Frontline Staff about Working with Parents



Motivational Interviewing Power Point
By: Amanda Burns, Brianna Padilla and Joanna Villegas

By: Anna, Jamie and Conner

By: Hattie Elmore and Ebony Brown

By: Shoshana Diller & Kate Twitchell

By: Sara Cohn, Jessica Cabrera, and Shoshana Indyk