Partner Agency Spotlight-The National Child Traumatic Stress Network


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Who We Are:
Established by Congress in 2000, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) brings a singular and comprehensive focus to childhood trauma. NCTSN’s collaboration of frontline providers, researchers, and families is committed to raising the standard of care while increasing access to services. Combining knowledge of child development, expertise in the full range of child traumatic experiences, and dedication to evidence-based practices, the NCTSN changes the course of children’s lives by changing the course of their care.

The Network is 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. As of November 2015 the Network comprises 79 funded members. Affiliate members—sites that were formerly funded—and individuals currently or previously associated with those sites continue to be active in the Network as affiliates. There are 47 Organized Affiliates and 72 Individual Affiliates.

The NCTSN Mission

To raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.

The NCTSN Vision

The NCTSN works to accomplish its mission of serving the nation’s traumatized children and their families by:
Raising public awareness of the scope and serious impact of child traumatic stress on the safety and healthy development of America’s children and youth.

Advancing a broad range of effective services and interventions by creating trauma-informed developmentally and culturally appropriate programs that improve the standard of care.

Working with established systems of care including the health, mental health, education, law enforcement, child welfare, juvenile justice, and military family service systems to ensure that there is a comprehensive trauma-informed continuum of accessible care.

Fostering a community dedicated to collaboration within and beyond the NCTSN to ensure that widely shared knowledge and skills become a sustainable national resource.

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New & Updated Publications -Child Welfare Information Gateway

Here’s what’s new from Child Welfare Information Gateway Use the links below or contact them to request print copies. If print copies are available, we will ship them to you for free.

Family Engagement: Partnering With Families to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes


Engaging families in the casework process promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families in the child welfare system and is central to successful practice. Effective family engagement occurs when child welfare practitioners actively collaborate and partner with family members throughout their involvement with the child welfare system, recognizing them as the experts on their respective situations and empowering them in the process. This bulletin provides an overview of the foundational elements of the family engagement approach, followed by strategies and promising practices for implementing this approach at the case level, peer level, and systems level.

La crianza de un niño que ha experimentado abuso o negligencia (Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect)


Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. This new Spanish-language factsheet is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support. This factsheet is also available in English.

NEW Podcast: Working With the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents

podcastWhen professionals work, interact, and exchange information with parents who are incarcerated and who have children involved in the child welfare system, they must also work with the correctional system and detention facilities (prisons). Navigating the protocols and procedures within a State’s correctional system can be challenging and confusing, especially to professionals unaware of the restrictions on visitations and correspondence with inmates.

This podcast features a conversation between representatives of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services familiar with the relationship between the child welfare and correctional systems. Listen to gain insight on how to facilitate communication, develop and execute case plans, and how to plan and prepare children for visiting their incarcerated parent.

Looking for more podcasts? Visit our growing collection on the Children’s Bureau website

Get Ready for National Adoption Month 2016


Earlier this month, the Children’s Bureau, in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway and AdoptUSKids, launched the2016 National Adoption Month (NAM) website at 

In-line with its theme, “We Never Outgrow the Need for Family–Just Ask Us,” the NAM website provides resources to help professionals start or re-engage older youth in conversations about adoption and permanency. Families can also access information about adopting older youth and finding support when it’s needed.

Also check out our Spread the Word section for outreach tools and the Watch and Listen page for videos and podcasts, which are all geared towards supporting and promoting the permanency of older youth in foster care.

Call for Grandfamilies/Kinship Care Presentations due 10/31 for Generations United’s June 2017 Conference


Generations United’s is seeking proposals for sessions about
issues affecting grandfamilies (kinship care) at our 2017
Global Intergenerational Conference, which will be taking
place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin next June. We seek proposals for educational sessions that will enhance the field’s
capacity to develop practices, programs, and policies that
benefit individuals of all ages, strengthen families, and
build more cohesive and caring communities throughout the world. One of the key topic areas is Grandfamilies & Kinship Care, and we have just announced a special pre-conference about issues affecting grandfamilies (details below). The extended deadline for proposals to present is October 31st.

Additional details are available on the conference website,

Just Announced: Grandfamilies Forum at Generations Remixed

Generations United is thrilled to announce that we are now offering a Grandfamilies Forum preconference at Generations
United’s 19th Global Intergenerational Conference next June 2017 in Milwaukee. The additional half day pre-conference that will take a deeper dive into issues related to grandparents and other relatives raising children. It will provide conference attendees with the latest updates in public policies affecting grandfamilies and learn about relevant evidence-based and promising programs across the country that are showing strong outcomes for children and caregivers in grandfamilies.

Learn more and register today!

Child Welfare in the News



Child Welfare in the News is distributed by Child Welfare Information Gateway, a service of the Children’s Bureau/ACF/HHS ( It features news stories on topics of interest to child welfare and related professionals. Inclusion does not imply endorsement of any view expressed in a resource, and opinions or views do not reflect those of Child Welfare Information Gateway, the Children’s Bureau, or staff.

US: Some foster kids are turning to ‘survival sex’ to make ends meet
Circa – October 11, 2016
Survival sex is defined as “trading sex for food, a place to sleep and other basic needs,” and one in three homeless kids and teens have done it, according to a survey by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

US: Better Integrating Behavioral Health, Juvenile Justice Systems Will Rescue More Kids
Youth Today – October 10, 2016
It is now well-known that youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system have high rates of mental health and substance abuse conditions – rates that far exceed those of the general youth population.

US: Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care
Stateline – October 10, 2016
The nation’s drug-addiction epidemic is driving a dramatic increase in the number of children entering foster care, forcing many states to take urgent steps to care for neglected children. Also: States Scramble As Opioid Epidemic Strains Already-Burdened Foster Care Systems:

US: Homelessness: issues by the numbers and how you can help
Oxford University Press Blog – October 10, 2016
One promising intervention is the “housing first” model, which is a housing and service approach that places homeless tenants directly into affordable housing without requiring “housing readiness” prior to entry (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2005). Information Gateway Resource: Services for Youth: Homeless and Runaway:

US: Millennial’s foster care calling shatters 30-something stereotype
Baptist News – October 10, 2016
Being a single foster parent isn’t without its challenges, so Haston said she leans on her Dallas community, family, church small group and Buckner for physical and emotional support.

US: Proposed Tax Credit Would Reward Employers Who Hire Former Foster Youth
Youth Today – October 10, 2016
Under the bipartisan Improving Employment Outcomes for Foster Youth Act (HR 5947, S 3409), employers could receive an annual tax credit for hiring former foster youth between ages 18 and 27.

US: For Love or Money: Increasing the Number of Foster Homes (Opinion) Chronicle of Social Change – October 08, 2016

Foster children are entering the foster care system in moderately increasing numbers. At the same time, we have fewer foster families who can meet their needs. Due to major changes in family life over the past generation, the situation is not likely to get better. Blogger Co-opTo avoid a disaster, we need to change the way we recruit and treat foster parents.

NFPA Rolls Out New Training Curriculum for United Healthcare, Inc.


In early 2016, NFPA was contacted by United Healthcare, Inc. NFPA was invited to submit a proposal to support the ability of United Healthcare staff to develop and/or strengthen their basic understanding of the foster care and child protection system to help improve communication on behalf of the children, families and staff. NFPA responded to this invitation by submitting a proposal that was accepted by United Healthcare, Inc.

NFPA established a team of four NFPA members to accomplish this work. Eileen Pasztor, DSW, and Karen Poteet, MPA, are both members of the NFPA Board of Directors and are the main researchers and writers of the curriculum. Jean Fiorito, BA, NFPA Consultant, assists with research and writing and serves as the main reviewer and editor. Irene Clements, CDA, NFPA Executive Director, serves as the Project Manager.

The curriculum aims to help United Healthcare staff develop additional skills and empathy for the circumstances that impact members. Addressing responses, approaches, and systems focuses on helping United Healthcare staff address the specific needs of those involved in the out-of-home care system, and seeks to ease the burdens and barriers to accessing quality physical and behavioral health care.

Two of the NFPA team members, Eileen Pasztor and Karen Poteet, are implementing this in-person training for United Healthcare staff in Kansas this week. November will bring this in-person training to United Healthcare staff in Nebraska.

The NFPA team is also working on a second curriculum for United Healthcare that will be provided electronically to their staff. This curriculum will be completed by the end of the year.

Thank you to United Healthcare, Inc. for trusting the National Foster Parent Association with this important project.


Deadline Near for Horatio Alger Youth Scholarship Application



The deadline for youth to apply for one of the many Horatio Alger Association scholarships is October 25. For foster youth in their senior year, foster alumni and for youth adopted from foster care – this is a great place to seek scholarships for higher education.

The Association has a new scholarship program this year. This is the Career and Technical Scholarships program. There is no hard deadline for this scholarship program. 510 scholarships are available and to date, 275 have been awarded.

Please go to for more information and for an application. If you are reading this article and know a youth that might be interested, please encourage them to apply and assist them if needed.

The National Foster Parent Association is proud to partner with the Horatio Alger Association by spreading the word to our constituents across the country so more youth learn of this incredible association and the many scholarships available every year. So far this application season, 17 youth have applied that indicated they heard about the program through the National Foster Parent Association. Help us help many more youth know of this opportunity so they, too, can apply.



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