Partner Agency Spotlight-Child Welfare Information Gateway


Life doesn’t come with a manual.

Whether we’ve made or heard a version of this joke, many of us have experienced moments we wished such a manual existed. The topic of being foster parent could fill a few chapters by itself.

Even without a mythical guidebook, success stories and examples, research and statistics, and tips and tools from child welfare agencies have been developed to help foster parents and resource families meet the challenges they face every day. Finding that information, however, can be difficult and trusting it can be scary.

Child Welfare Information Gateway,, is the single and best source of accurate and timely information covering all aspects of child welfare, foster care, and adoption. Information Gateway is a free service of the Children’s Bureau, the agency within the Federal government responsible for assisting child welfare systems to improve the safety, permanency and well-being of children, youth and families. Resources are developed and reviewed by child welfare and foster care experts and available from the Information Gateway website:

• The Resources for Foster Families section provides tips and guidance on becoming a foster parent, parenting children in foster care, and how to work with birth parents.

• The National Foster Care and Adoption Directory lets parents and others search for support groups, foster care and adoption agencies, and contact information.

• Information Gateway also offers the National Foster Care Month website, a year-round source dedicated to creating awareness and providing information to support everyone, including foster parents and caregivers, youth and communities with a connection to foster care.

NFPA partners with Information Gateway to help plan and develop the National Foster Care Month website, and review and provide resources for Information Gateway to distribute. Information Gateway also participates and exhibits in NFPA’s annual convention. For more information, contact, or call 1.800.394.3366.

Webinar: Prudent Parenting-Implementation of the Strengthening Families Act Normalcy Provisions


As part of their capacity building efforts, Advocates for Families First offers a series of free webinars designed for leaders of support groups and organizations that work with kinship, foster, and adoptive families. All are welcome to participate.

To register for upcoming webinars or view a recording of past webinars see the Advocates for Families First website.

October 5, 2016
Tuesday, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST (12:00 noon CST)
Register at:

What child doesn’t want to play on a Little League team, go on a school field trip or sleep overnight with friends? What teen doesn’t dream of getting a driver’s license, earning money at a part time job and attending the prom? Many of us can remember how foundational these and similar experiences were in our own formative years, yet these same experiences have often been denied to children in foster care. The recent Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act includes provisions related to “normalcy” for children and youth in foster care, and “reasonable and prudent” decision-making for caregivers. What do these standards mean? How can they be implemented so that children and youth have opportunities to grow and thrive, gaining experiences, skills and memories that will last a lifetime? This session will provide basics about the law and practical guidelines for successful implementation including concrete examples and decision-making tools.

Presented by:

  • Sue Badeau, president of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, nationally known speaker, writer and consultant, has worked closely with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the National Council for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Casey Family Programs and was the Deputy Director of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. Sue and her husband, Hector, have twenty-two children by birth and adoption and have also served as foster parents and kin caregivers.

Advocates for Families First is a partnership of the North American Council on Adoptable Children, the National Foster Parent Association, and Generations United.