News Feeds (RSS) http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=496 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/the-rural-opioid-project/ Other The Rural Opioid Project For several years, the misuse of drugs, especially opioids, has been destroying families.  In 2016, an estimated 2.1 million people, age 12 and older, had an opioid disorder.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 36% of children nationwide who enter foster care have a parent involved in drug abuse.  In addition, &#8230; Wed, 25 Sep 2019 18:24:11 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/the-rural-opioid-project/#respond admin <p>For several years, the misuse of drugs, especially opioids, has been destroying families.  In 2016, an estimated 2.1 million people, age 12 and older, had an opioid disorder.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 36% of children nationwide who enter foster care have a parent involved in drug abuse.  In addition, those living in rural areas are more likely to die of a drug overdose.  To better understand and help to address this issue, the National Family Preservation Network conducted the Rural Opioid Project.</p> <p>This project consisted of three parts:</p> <ul> <li>A conference at a rural site (Lumberton, NC) to highlight prevalence of rural opioid use and to elevate effective interventions and strategies to preserve families involved in opioid abuse;</li> <li>Data collection at three sites (Kentucky, North Carolina, West Virginia) on rural opioid use; a fourth rural site in Idaho was added for comparison;</li> <li>In-depth interviews conducted with opioid users.</li> </ul> <p>The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded the majority of the project. NFPN and the following universities also contributed to the project: Murray State University, University of North Carolina Pembroke and Marshall University.</p> <p>During the course of the project, the following information was posted on NFPN’s website and sent to email subscribers:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/putting-together-an-opioid-conference/">https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/putting-together-an-opioid-conference/</a></li> <li><a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/10-things-i-learned-at-the-opioid-conference/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/10-things-i-learned-at-the-opioid-conference/</a></li> <li><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/resources-for-the-opioid-epidemic/">https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/resources-for-the-opioid-epidemic/</a></li> </ul> <p>Recently, the final report on the project was submitted to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.  It can be accessed in the “Articles” section of NFPN’s website (item #13): <a href="https://www.nfpn.org/articles.aspx">https://www.nfpn.org/articles.aspx</a></p> <p>This report includes several findings:</p> <ul> <li>Opioid use by adults was preceded by substance use in teen years including alcohol, cigarettes and tobacco. One suggestion is to provide comprehensive drug awareness and prevention programs in all schools.  More research and focus on effective ways to prevent teen substance use are needed.</li> <li>Poly-drug use is common. More data and research on the use and impact of poly-drug use are needed.</li> <li>Drug courts and family treatment courts have proven to be effective in providing treatment.</li> <li>The most critical finding is that family support and involvement are key elements to addressing substance misuse. Intergenerational models of treatment need to be developed and tested.  Treatment programs should include a family component.</li> </ul> <p>While this project generated valuable information in several areas, it is no surprise that keeping families together is an effective way for them to help each other through substance misuse.  Preserving families is essential to addressing this issue and so many more!</p> <p>Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/the-rural-opioid-project/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-09-25 18:24 +00:00 2019-09-25 11:24 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=492 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/change-is-in-the-air/ Other Change is in the Air The National Family Preservation Network recently moved its headquarters to Asheville, North Carolina.  Even though we’re in the South and it’s still technically summer, in the evening and early morning you can sense that autumn is coming.  In places where schools are on traditional schedules, the kids have gone back to class and families are &#8230; Tue, 27 Aug 2019 20:03:02 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/change-is-in-the-air/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network recently moved its headquarters to Asheville, North Carolina.  Even though we’re in the South and it’s still technically summer, in the evening and early morning you can sense that autumn is coming.  In places where schools are on traditional schedules, the kids have gone back to class and families are adjusting to new routines.  Soon the temperature will drop, the leaves will change colors and the seasons will transition.  People will assemble for sporting events, holiday gatherings and opportunities to enjoy nature.</p> <p>Here at NFPN, we’ve gone through a significant transition with a new executive director and our previously mentioned move, but there’s more … We’re working to expand our presence both nationally and internationally.  Part of this expansion is the development of social media on Facebook and Linked In.  Please visit our new pages, then “like”, “follow” and “share” them.  Let us know what you think:</p> <p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/National-Family-Preservation-Network-110413166973891/">https://www.facebook.com/National-Family-Preservation-Network-110413166973891/</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.linkedin.com/company/intensive-family-preservation-services-national-network-inc"><u>www.linkedin.com/company/intensive-family-preservation-services-national-network-inc</u></a></p> <p>In addition, we’re making an adjustment to our monthly blogs.  We’re phasing out the “Preserving Families” blog and consolidating it with our “NFPN News Notes” blog.  Subscribers will continue to receive “NFPN News Notes” on a monthly basis and, as always, it will be posted on our website, <a href="http://www.nfpn.org">www.nfpn.org</a>, plus now it will also be on our social media pages.</p> <p>On a national level, many of you are working toward changes based on the Family First Prevention Services Act and other initiatives.  At NFPN, we’re exploring ways to support these efforts with existing products and services, as well as new things coming down the pike.  We’re streamlining some areas, so we can expand in others.  We’re honored to have so many dedicated professionals collaborating with us in these endeavors.  It’s an exciting time!  Stay tuned …</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/08/27/change-is-in-the-air/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-08-27 20:03 +00:00 2019-08-27 13:03 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=487 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/nfpn-past-present-and-future/ Other NFPN: Past, Present, and Future! In 1992, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Center for the Study of Family Policy convened a group of 40 professionals to design and create a national network for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), and as a result … the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was born!  Over the next seven &#8230; Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:02:18 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/nfpn-past-present-and-future/#respond admin <p>In 1992, the Center for the Study of Social Policy and the Center for the Study of Family Policy convened a group of 40 professionals to design and create a national network for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), and as a result … the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was born!  Over the next seven years, NFPN had three executive directors who accomplished many things, among them preparing a directory of IFPS services, publishing a newsletter, issuing press releases, holding teleconferences, developing two video trainings, and appointing board members to maintain contact with IFPS states.</p> <p>In 1999, Priscilla Martens became the executive director, a role in which she thrived for 20 years!  In that time, NFPN experienced tremendous growth and development.  The following are just the highlights:</p> <ul> <li>Three additional variations of the NCFAS tool</li> <li>IFPS nationwide surveys, IFPS ToolKit and other resources</li> <li>An assessment tool for reunification and a model for intensive reunification</li> <li>A father involvement project and the development of curricula to train practitioners</li> <li>A website with over 50 resources to share cutting-edge information and best practice</li> </ul> <p>Last month, Priscilla announced that she was retiring as of July 31, 2019.  Words cannot describe how valuable she has been to NFPN, and she will be greatly missed.  Of course, transition is a part of life, and so the NFPN Board of Directors is proud to announce Michelle Reines as its new executive director beginning August 1, 2019.</p> <p>Michelle has spent many years developing programs and administering contracts for IFPS and reunification services, as well as other related prevention and early intervention programs.  She also served as Vice Chair on the NFPN Board of Directors in 2015/2016.</p> <p>Michelle was born and raised in Dallas, Texas.  She earned her master’s degree in social work from Florida International University in 2000 and spent several years working in south Florida, most notably at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.  Michelle and her family (husband, daughter and assorted pets) moved to North Carolina in 2006.  For the last couple years, Michelle has served as the foster home licensing manager for the NC Division of Social Services in the Asheville area.  Although she has experience in several fields, Michelle is most passionate about preserving families and helping children avoid foster care.</p> <p>Michelle is excited to take on the opportunities and challenges that her new role with NFPN will provide.  In the near future, she will be facilitating updates to many of the resources offered by NFPN.  Michelle also hopes to expand NFPN’s services and its presence both nationally and internationally.  She looks forward to developing relationships with the many stakeholders that make up this valuable network!</p> <p>Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/nfpn-past-present-and-future/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-07-30 14:02 +00:00 2019-07-30 07:02 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=485 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/moving-on/ Other Moving On The year was 1999.  The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was 7 years old.  The first NCFAS assessment tool was in its infancy.  NFPN’s main focus was on placement prevention of children with little mention of reunification.  Supporting father involvement was in the concept stage.  NFPN kept in touch by mailing printed newsletters. Some of &#8230; Wed, 26 Jun 2019 13:36:00 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/moving-on/#respond admin <p>The year was 1999.  The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was 7 years old.  The first NCFAS assessment tool was in its infancy.  NFPN’s main focus was on placement prevention of children with little mention of reunification.  Supporting father involvement was in the concept stage.  NFPN kept in touch by mailing printed newsletters.</p> <p>Some of that seems like ancient history because it does reflect the passage of a substantial amount of time, closing in on 20 years.  And that’s the length of time that I have served as NFPN’s Executive Director.  Every day I still wake up happy to go to work and excited to be involved in the mission of preserving families. But 20 years is sufficient for one person to lead an organization.  Now it’s time to step aside and bring in fresh energy and ideas so I am announcing my retirement effective July 31.</p> <p>It’s both challenging and rewarding to mature with an organization.  Here’s a summary of how NFPN has matured in the past 20 years:</p> <ul> <li>Three additional variations of the NCFAS tool developed with supporting research on reliability/validity of the tools and use of the tools in every state of the U.S. and in 20 other countries</li> <li>Nationwide surveys, assessment tool, toolkit, and other resources developed for promoting the widespread use of Intensive Family Preservation Services</li> <li>Focus on reunification including one of the few assessment tools for reunification with additional research conducted leading to a model for intensive reunification</li> <li>Father involvement promoted through a project demonstrating increased involvement of fathers in their children’s lives and development of curricula to train practitioners</li> <li>A website with over 50 resources, many of them free, and two blog posts targeted to sharing cutting-edge information and best practice</li> </ul> <p>Of course I haven’t been the only one working on behalf of NFPN for the past 20 years.  The Board provides oversight and shares their expertise in program development, training, and technical assistance. Ray Kirk, the NCFAS tool developer, has been involved in all further development and research of the tools, even after his retirement, reflecting an ongoing partnership and friendship with NFPN.  We have had dozens of other partners over the years who have provided their staff and resources to help advance the field.  Thousands of practitioners use NFPN’s products and materials in their work with families.  And families are the main beneficiaries and have always been the main reason for NFPN’s existence.</p> <p>I’m very grateful for the opportunity to have served NFPN for the past two decades.  My lifelong passion is preserving families and now I will explore other ways to do that.  My successor, Michelle Reines, is gearing up for an August 1 start date.  NFPN’s board will officially introduce Michelle at a later time but, rest assured, she is an outstanding choice!</p> <p>In the meantime, I will continue to be available to address your needs, requests, and questions.  I want to finish well and finish strong!</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/06/26/moving-on/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-06-26 13:36 +00:00 2019-06-26 06:36 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=482 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/the-changing-face-of-foster-care/ Other The Changing Face of Foster Care May is National Foster Care Month.  However, traditional foster care is undergoing change. Here’s the vision of the federal Children’s Bureau: Rather than &#8220;rescuing&#8221; children, we can—as one outstanding parent attorney explains her work to her own children—&#8221;save families.&#8221; Foster care can and should be a way to strengthen families, by building their capacities and &#8230; Wed, 22 May 2019 14:08:12 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/the-changing-face-of-foster-care/#respond admin <p>May is National Foster Care Month.  However, traditional foster care is undergoing change.</p> <p>Here’s the vision of the federal Children’s Bureau:</p> <p>Rather than &#8220;rescuing&#8221; children, we can—as one outstanding parent attorney explains her work to her own children—&#8221;save families.&#8221; Foster care can and should be a way to strengthen families, by building their capacities and giving them the support they need to heal and function in safe and healthy ways. It is not currently designed to operate in such ways.</p> <p>At the Children&#8217;s Bureau, we believe strongly that foster care can and should be reconceptualized as a service to the entire family, as a key component in the need to create the conditions for strong and thriving families and communities where children are free from harm. Resource or foster parents can be specifically recruited and trained to be a support to families and to help create those conditions, to work alongside parents as mentors to help them realize their full potential. Foster care can be a way to form meaningful relationships and human connections, even under less-than-ideal circumstances. Foster care can be a way to wrap support around a family and promote child and parent well-being, family integrity, and parental agency (Milner and Kelly, 2019: <a href="https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&amp;issueid=206&amp;sectionid=2&amp;articleid=5338">https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&amp;issueid=206&amp;sectionid=2&amp;articleid=5338</a>).</p> <p>How do we “wrap support around a family and promote child and parent well-being, family integrity, and parental agency?”  Here’s what the research says:      The key characteristics of family-centered practices include: treating families with dignity and respect; providing individual, flexible and responsive support; sharing information so families can make informed decisions; ensuring family choice regarding intervention options; and providing the necessary resources and supports for parents to care for their children in ways that produce optimal parent and child outcomes (Trivette and Dunst, 2014: <a href="http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/parenting-skills/according-experts/community-based-parent-support-programs">http://www.child-encyclopedia.com/parenting-skills/according-experts/community-based-parent-support-programs</a>).</p> <p>The American Bar Association has tips for foster parents to help them support reunifying children with their parents (<a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/permanency/reunification/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/permanency/reunification/</a>).  Here are four goals that include practical ways of achieving them:</p> <p><strong>Respect the Birth Parents and Be Compassionate</strong></p> <ul> <li>Believe people can change</li> <li>Assume that things will go well</li> <li>Understand that the families often have different life experience than you</li> <li>Look for ways to break down barriers</li> </ul> <p><strong> </strong><strong>Encourage Visitation (Parenting or Family Time) and Regular Contact</strong></p> <ul> <li>Advocate for increased visitation whenever safe</li> <li>Encourage children to have phone calls with family, especially during the week and multiple times per week</li> <li>Help children video chat with their birth parents and family members</li> </ul> <p><strong>Communicate with the Family Regularly</strong></p> <ul> <li>Stay in constant contact; tell them it’s ok to call any time</li> <li>Send pictures, photos, art projects, grades, etc. with the children to visits</li> <li>Have as many early conversations with parents as possible</li> <li>Transport kids to visits rather than using transporters if you are able</li> </ul> <p><strong>Remember that Safe Reunification is Best for the Children</strong></p> <ul> <li>Family units are important; parents should have their children when at all possible</li> <li>Agencies and foster families need to prioritize reunification over adoption when possible</li> <li>Foster parents need to be on board with reunification from the beginning</li> <li>As long as the family is trying, it’s always better to focus on reunification</li> </ul> <p>For more information, visit the National Foster Care Month website: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/the-changing-face-of-foster-care/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-05-22 14:08 +00:00 2019-05-22 07:08 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=480 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/mental-health/ Other Mental Health Mental Health Awareness Month is coming up in May so now is a good time to look at the state of mental health in our nation.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a wealth of information on its website (www.nami.org) that is reader-friendly and practical. Nearly 1 in 25 adults live with a &#8230; Tue, 23 Apr 2019 13:43:03 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/mental-health/#respond admin <p>Mental Health Awareness Month is coming up in May so now is a good time to look at the state of mental health in our nation.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a wealth of information on its website (<a href="http://www.nami.org">www.nami.org</a>) that is reader-friendly and practical.</p> <p>Nearly 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness.  People tend to think of mental illness in terms of diagnoses such as bipolar, OCD, or schizophrenia.  But mental illness also includes more common issues such as depression and suicide.</p> <p>Depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24. 90% of those who die by suicide had an underlying mental illness.  Depression and suicide have some symptoms and causes in common such as:</p> <ul> <li>Genetics/family history</li> <li>Drug and alcohol abuse</li> <li>Chronic illness/pain</li> <li>Trauma</li> </ul> <p>Due to the widespread prevalence of depression and suicide, prevention and treatment are essential.  However, at least half of adults and children do not receive treatment for mental illness.  New research shows that abuse in childhood alters the brain to make adults more susceptible to depression (Reuters Health, <a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-childhood/child-abuse-recurrent-depression-linked-to-similar-changes-in-brain-idUSKCN1RS251">https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-depression-childhood/child-abuse-recurrent-depression-linked-to-similar-changes-in-brain-idUSKCN1RS251</a>).  In the child welfare system two-thirds of children have mental health needs that warrant treatment while less than a quarter of these children receive services (Florida Atlantic University Study, <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/fau-uoc041519.php">https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-04/fau-uoc041519.php</a>).</p> <p>What can all of us do to address mental illness?  The best place to start is with knowledge and then translate knowledge into a willingness and ability to recognize and help those who are dealing with mental illness.</p> <p>Mental Health First Aid is a one-day course for both professionals and lay people in learning how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders in the community.  I took this course with a small- town police force and other first responders. The course has been invaluable in helping me respond to those I encounter with these issues.  An added bonus was understanding how first responders think about these issues.</p> <p>Another excellent course is QPR training on suicide. The initials stand for Question, Persuade, Refer.  It employs the strategy of being strategically positioned as a gatekeeper to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.  Online training is available that can be completed in about an hour.</p> <p>To promote mental wellness, one of the best things we can do is be a friend.  Isolation and loneliness are factors in mental illness and friendship helps mitigate those factors.  As we head into Mental Health Awareness Month, let’s all look for opportunities to be a friend to someone who needs mental health!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For information on the QPR Course: <a href="https://qprinstitute.com/individual-training">https://qprinstitute.com/individual-training</a></p> <p>For information on Mental Health First Aid: <a href="https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/">https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/</a></p> <p>To view NAMI Fact Sheets: <a href="https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Infographics-Fact-Sheets">https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Infographics-Fact-Sheets</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/mental-health/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-04-23 13:43 +00:00 2019-04-23 06:43 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=478 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/primary-prevention/ Other Primary Prevention Late last year, the federal Children’s Bureau (CB) published a memo on reshaping the child welfare system to focus on primary prevention.  When “reshaping” is the goal, this is an announcement that bears closer scrutiny.  Here is some of the text providing the reasoning: “To reverse troubling trends of increasing foster care populations and reports &#8230; Wed, 20 Mar 2019 13:43:04 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/primary-prevention/#respond admin <p>Late last year, the federal Children’s Bureau (CB) published a memo on reshaping the child welfare system to focus on primary prevention.  When “reshaping” is the goal, this is an announcement that bears closer scrutiny.  Here is some of the text providing the reasoning:</p> <p>“To reverse troubling trends of increasing foster care populations and reports of maltreatment, along with unsatisfactory outcomes, CB’s top priority is to reshape child welfare in the United States to focus on proactively strengthening families through primary prevention of child maltreatment. To accomplish this, CB believes strongly that primary prevention services must be located in communities where families live, where they are easily accessible, and culturally responsive. Those services should also focus on the overall health and well-being of both children and families and be designed to promote resiliency and parenting capacity.”</p> <p>After noting that primary prevention is the least supported intervention through federal funding, the memo continues:</p> <p>“Committing to a broader continuum of prevention services that emphasizes primary prevention is contingent on a change of mindset and reorientation of what child welfare is intended to accomplish. Child protection will always be paramount and will always be needed, but the system can and should be designed to protect children by keeping families safe, healthy, and together whenever possible before remedial efforts become necessary.”</p> <p>While there is likely no dissent to keeping families safely together before remedial efforts become necessary, the difficulty lies in developing effective prevention programs within funding constraints.  Prevention already receives little funding from the federal government. Ironically, the new federal funding mechanism to match state dollars in the Family First Prevention Services Act does not include any funding for primary prevention.  Compounding the lack of funding, the US Preventive Services Task Force examined primary prevention programs, including home visiting, and concluded that there is not sufficient evidence to determine the benefits of these programs on preventing child maltreatment.</p> <p>So where can we turn to find assistance with implementing primary prevention services?  The New York City child welfare agency (ACS) has published a concept paper on prevention services.   Here’s their goal:</p> <p>Prevention services aim to support families in their communities, promote family stability and well-being, and reduce the need for placement in foster care. These services may include case management, counseling, and clinical interventions offered primarily in-home and in a manner aligned with the diverse cultures and needs of NYC families.</p> <p>Providers will be expected to assess safety and risk, give families voice and choice, harness data to drive quality assurance, and address racial inequities and social justice.  Families will be supported through building protective factors and addressing trauma, economic mobility, assessing and improving family well-being, meeting concrete needs, and helping families build positive relationships and social connections.</p> <p>New York City intends to contract for 3 areas of prevention services and providers will be required to choose a pre-approved practice model under each area as follows:</p> <ul> <li>Family Support:</li> </ul> <p>Mobility Mentoring</p> <p>Solution-Based Casework</p> <p>Family Connections</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Therapeutic and Treatment Programs:</li> </ul> <p>Brief Strategic Family Therapy</p> <p>Child Parent Psychotherapy</p> <p>Functional Family Therapy</p> <p>Multisystemic Therapy</p> <p>Trauma Systems Therapy</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Clinical Enhancements:</li> </ul> <p>Trauma Treatment (TF-CBT)</p> <p>Mental Health (CBT)</p> <p>Special Needs (NYC is seeking input on promising models)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month so we will be hearing a lot more about prevention in coming weeks.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To view the Children’s Bureau memo visit: <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1805.pdf">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1805.pdf</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The New York City Concept Paper is available here: <a href="https://a068-rfponline.nyc.gov/rfponline/jsp/RFPDownloadDML.jsp">https://a068-rfponline.nyc.gov/rfponline/jsp/RFPDownloadDML.jsp</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/03/20/primary-prevention/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-03-20 13:43 +00:00 2019-03-20 06:43 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=475 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/legal-representation-for-parents-and-children/ Other Legal Representation for Parents and Children Some of the saddest stories I hear are from parents who are desperately seeking quality legal assistance as they face termination of parental rights. While 38 states provide a right to an attorney for parents, children may be removed before an attorney is appointed, and many attorneys have high caseloads, low pay, and little time &#8230; Wed, 20 Feb 2019 15:12:29 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/legal-representation-for-parents-and-children/#respond admin <p>Some of the saddest stories I hear are from parents who are desperately seeking quality legal assistance as they face termination of parental rights.</p> <p>While 38 states provide a right to an attorney for parents, children may be removed before an attorney is appointed, and many attorneys have high caseloads, low pay, and little time to meet with and understand the parents’ situation.</p> <p>But what are the outcomes with quality legal representation?  Washington state has provided legal representation for indigent parents for over a decade.  Six evaluations of the program, all favorable, show speedier reunifications and movement to permanent placements when reunification with parents is not possible.</p> <p>The Center for Family Representation in New York provides every parent with an attorney, a social worker, and a parent advocate. Parent advocates are parents who had their children removed but were able to successfully reunify their families.  The parent team works together to problem-solve and identify resources. The model is a combination of legal representation, social work, and mentoring.  Parents report great satisfaction with the program and good outcomes.</p> <p>Apart from the success of these programs, very few states are currently providing quality legal representation.  To address this need nationwide, the federal government recently authorized payment of up to 50% of the cost for legal representation for both parents and children.  This is the first time federal money has been authorized, and the money will come from the Title IV-E entitlement funds used to pay for foster care.</p> <p>The problem remains how the states will pay for their share of the cost.  Most states have no dedicated funding stream for legal representation of parents and children.  Funding for attorneys does not come from child welfare system budgets but from other sources such as the courts.  The 50% federal match will go to the child welfare agency so agreements will need to be established between courts and child welfare systems.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has issued best practice standards for attorneys that include:</p> <p> Thoroughly prepare clients for court, explain the hearing process and debrief after hearings are completed to make sure clients understand the results. For children this must be done in a developmentally appropriate way.</p> <p> Regularly communicate with collateral contacts (i.e., treatment providers, teachers, social workers).</p> <p> Meet with clients outside of court (this provides attorneys an opportunity to observe clients in multiple environments and independently verify important facts).</p> <p> Have meaningful and ongoing conversation with all clients about their strengths, needs, and wishes.</p> <p> Regularly ask all clients what would be most helpful for his or her case, what is working, and whether there is any service or arrangement that is not helpful, and why.</p> <p> Work with every client to identify helpful relatives for support, safety planning and possible placement.</p> <p> Attend and participate in case planning, family group decision-making and other meetings a client may have with the child welfare agency.</p> <p> Work with clients individually to develop safety plan and case plan options to present to the court.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on the ACF memo on high quality legal representation, visit <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1702">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1702</a>.</p> <p>The Chronicle of Social Change has prepared a comprehensive overview of legal representation available here <a href="https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/how-the-fight-for-family-legal-support-was-won/33631">https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/how-the-fight-for-family-legal-support-was-won/33631</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens,  NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/02/20/legal-representation-for-parents-and-children/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-02-20 15:12 +00:00 2019-02-20 07:12 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=472 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/research-supported-resources/ Other Research-Supported Resources At the beginning of each year, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) provides a list of resources available through our website.  Social services are increasingly required to be research-supported, especially with passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act that has a 50% federal match for programs that are evidence based. Since its beginning in &#8230; Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:35:05 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/research-supported-resources/#respond admin <p>At the beginning of each year, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) provides a list of resources available through our website.  Social services are increasingly required to be research-supported, especially with passage of the Family First Prevention Services Act that has a 50% federal match for programs that are evidence based. Since its beginning in 1992, NFPN has promoted research-supported tools, programs, and practice.  We have also conducted 9 research projects on our resources.  So, let’s take a look at some of these resources and the underlying research.  We’ll begin with preservation because that’s in our name!</p> <p>In the largest study of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS), Dr. Ray Kirk compared 1200 children who had received IFPS with 110,000 children who had not received these services.  IFPS outperformed traditional services in every case with greater improvement in family functioning, reducing the number of placements, and delaying placements.  You can read the research report here <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/effectiveness-study">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/effectiveness-study</a>.  Many agencies inquire about how to start or strengthen an IFPS program.  For a comprehensive overview of IFPS visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit</a>.</p> <p>One of the most important developments in the field of social work over the past two decades is the focus on family assessment.   Analysis of the initial Child and Family Services Reviews identified a link between comprehensive family assessments and good outcomes for families.  Guidelines for high-quality assessments are available here <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/family_assessment.pdf">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/family_assessment.pdf</a>.</p> <p>NFPN partnered with Dr. Ray Kirk to develop one of the first assessment tools for reunifying families, the NCFAS-R.  Diverting families from the child welfare system resulted in the development of the NCFAS-G.  Generally, all grants and contracts now mandate trauma-informed practice.  In response, NFPN and Dr. Kirk developed the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being assessment tool.  All of these assessment tools have successful reliability/validity studies.  For an overview of the research on the tools visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report</a>. For information on and a description of each of the assessment tools (including Spanish versions) visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a>.</p> <p>In partnership with two child welfare agencies in Washington and California, NFPN conducted one of the first demonstration studies of father involvement.  With training, incentives, and support from administrators, social workers demonstrated improvement in identifying fathers as a resource and including them in the case plan and involving the father’s extended family in the case plan.  To view the project’s research reports visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/fatherhood-research-report">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/fatherhood-research-report</a>.  More information on father-involvement curricula and resources is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement</a>.</p> <p>NFPN offers training and technical assistance on all of its resources. Training packages and videos are available as well as onsite training and technical assistance by phone and email.  For agencies using the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool, video training is now available: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/training-of-trainers">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/training-of-trainers</a>. The <em>Substance Abuse and In-Home Video Training </em>is especially relevant in the midst of a time of high misuse of drugs including opioids: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services">http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services</a>.</p> <p>For more information on all resources and training/technical assistance, contact Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2019/01/22/research-supported-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2019-01-22 14:35 +00:00 2019-01-22 06:35 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=470 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/wrapping-up-2018/ Other Wrapping up 2018 In 2018 NFPN News Notes had posts on the opioid epidemic, trauma-informed care, engaging fathers, reunification, kinship care, and the Family First Prevention Services Act. If I had to choose one topic that I believe will have the most impact for the future, it would be the Family First Act.  It’s not just the act &#8230; Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:16:40 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/wrapping-up-2018/#respond admin <p>In 2018 NFPN News Notes had posts on the opioid epidemic, trauma-informed care, engaging fathers, reunification, kinship care, and the Family First Prevention Services Act.</p> <p>If I had to choose one topic that I believe will have the most impact for the future, it would be the Family First Act.  It’s not just the act itself that will have an impact.  The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is using the legislation as a springboard to reshape the child welfare system.</p> <p>ACF has issued guidance (not mandates) on topics affecting the child welfare system, including legal representation, father involvement, and, most importantly, primary prevention.  In the past ACF has largely focused on foster care and adoption, occasionally mentioning prevention.  Now, their top priority is to “reshape child welfare to focus on proactively strengthening families through primary prevention of child maltreatment.”  In other words, a child welfare system should keep families safe, healthy, and together whenever possible before remedial efforts become necessary. The result is that the child welfare system partners with community service providers to meet the needs of families before families enter the public child welfare system.</p> <p>It’s also important to note that while ACF says the public child welfare system may provide funding for primary prevention, it would not be involved in providing the services. Community services will be voluntary and open to everyone in the community.</p> <p>To view the ACF memo on Primary Prevention visit <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1805">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1805</a></p> <p>Here are links to other guidance provided by ACF:                                                           Legal Representation  <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1702">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/cb/resource/im1702</a>                 Father Involvement     <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/resource/acf-acf-im-18-01-integrating-approaches-that-prioritize-and-enhance-father-engagement">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/resource/acf-acf-im-18-01-integrating-approaches-that-prioritize-and-enhance-father-engagement</a></p> <p>ACF does mandate how to implement the Family First Act. A key component of the Act is a clearinghouse to review and approve Evidence-Based Practice programs that will constitute the services to families.  ACF has released its initial criteria for reviewing services and programs and a list of the first 10 programs that will be reviewed.  You can find the information here: <a href="https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ACYF-CB-PI-18-09-Attachment-C-Clearinghouse-Initial-Criteria.pdf">https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ACYF-CB-PI-18-09-Attachment-C-Clearinghouse-Initial-Criteria.pdf</a>    Instructions to states for implementing Family First are available here: <a href="https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ACYF-CB-PI-18-09-State-FFPSA-Prevention-PI.pdf">https://www.cwla.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/ACYF-CB-PI-18-09-State-FFPSA-Prevention-PI.pdf</a></p> <p>There is a lot of reading involved in this post but it’s important to understand the perspective of the federal government with regard to helping families.  It will have a tremendous impact on families and the workforce for years to come!</p> <p>Speaking of the workforce, thank you for selflessly helping families year in and year out.  NFPN salutes you!</p> <p>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/12/12/wrapping-up-2018/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-12-12 14:16 +00:00 2018-12-12 06:16 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=468 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/are-you-providing-trauma-informed-care/ Other Are You Providing Trauma-Informed Care? The federal government and many state governments mandate trauma-informed care in their contracts and grants.  But the definition is often sketchy leaving agencies to struggle with implementation.  So how do you know if you’re providing trauma-informed care? Give credit to the Missouri Trauma Roundtable for developing a framework for trauma-informed care.  The model has a &#8230; Tue, 27 Nov 2018 14:20:00 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/are-you-providing-trauma-informed-care/#respond admin <p>The federal government and many state governments mandate trauma-informed care in their contracts and grants.  But the definition is often sketchy leaving agencies to struggle with implementation.  So how do you know if you’re providing trauma-informed care?</p> <p>Give credit to the Missouri Trauma Roundtable for developing a framework for trauma-informed care.  The model has a continuum to help agencies identify where they are and where they want to be, beginning with trauma aware and moving to trauma sensitive and then trauma responsive.  Indicators, resources, and training are provided for each step.</p> <p>You can find the Missouri framework here: <a href="https://dmh.mo.gov/trauma/MO%20Model%20Working%20Document%20february%202015.pdf">https://dmh.mo.gov/trauma/MO%20Model%20Working%20Document%20february%202015.pdf</a></p> <p>Training is critically important to providing trauma-informed care.  The Missouri model frequently lists as resources the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) publications that provide a wealth of information at no cost.  For example, in the SAMHSA Trauma Informed Care in Behavioral Health Services document, there are 7 strategies to build resilience:</p> <ul> <li>Help clients reestablish personal and social connections</li> <li>Encourage the client to take action in addressing his own needs and in helping others</li> <li>Encourage stability and predictability in the daily routine</li> <li>Nurture a positive view of personal, social, and cultural resources</li> <li>Help clients gain perspective</li> <li>Help maintain a hopeful outlook</li> <li>Encourage participation in peer-support, 12-step, and other mutual-help programs</li> </ul> <p>To review the complete document visit <a href="https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-57-Trauma-Informed-Care-in-Behavioral-Health-Services/SMA14-4816">https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-57-Trauma-Informed-Care-in-Behavioral-Health-Services/SMA14-4816</a></p> <p>Another organization, The Campaign for Trauma-Informed Policy and Practice has published a brief on the relationship between trauma and opioid addiction.  A research study found that 80% of patients seeking treatment for opioid addiction had at least one form of childhood trauma, with almost two-thirds having reported witnessing violence in childhood. Sexual abuse and parental separation (for women) and physical and emotional abuse (for men) appear to be particularly highly correlated with opioid abuse.</p> <p>The Campaign recommends prevention and treatment as part of a comprehensive plan to address opioid addiction.  Effective prevention interventions listed include home visiting, Positive Parenting Program (Triple P), and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).</p> <p>In terms of treatment, the Campaign recommends Seeking Safety as the most evidence-based model for people with both trauma and addiction and it is also the lowest-cost model.  Seeking Safety provides education and coping skills, can be delivered by both peers and professionals, and can be used with individuals or groups.</p> <p>To view the full brief on trauma and opioid addiction visit <a href="http://ctipp.org/News-And-Resources/ArticleID/13/Policy-Brief-on-ACEs-and-Opioid-Addiction" rel="nofollow">http://ctipp.org/News-And-Resources/ArticleID/13/Policy-Brief-on-ACEs-and-Opioid-Addiction</a></p> <p>For information on a trauma assessment instrument, visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/" rel="nofollow">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/11/27/are-you-providing-trauma-informed-care/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-11-27 14:20 +00:00 2018-11-27 06:20 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=466 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/preventing-reunification/ Other Preventing Reunification The title for this post implies that we should prevent reunification.  Shouldn’t we instead promote it?  Well, yes, but reunification would not be necessary if children were not removed from their families.  Reunification is also more difficult to achieve than helping families stay together. How can we prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement?  Let’s begin with a &#8230; Tue, 23 Oct 2018 14:05:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/preventing-reunification/#respond admin <p>The title for this post implies that we should prevent reunification.  Shouldn’t we instead promote it?  Well, yes, but reunification would not be necessary if children were not removed from their families.  Reunification is also more difficult to achieve than helping families stay together. How can we prevent unnecessary out-of-home placement?  Let’s begin with a call to action by Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner, Children’s Bureau:</p> <p>“The passage of the FFPSA (Family First Prevention Services Act) provides an opportunity and an impetus to re-examine fundamentally the child welfare system in the United States, and how it can function better to reverse harmful trends of increased entries of children into the child protection and foster care programs, family separations, and trauma to children and their parents. We strongly encourage you to use this time as an opportunity to ensure that the programs and systems you operate reflect a commitment to the integrity of the parent-child relationship and importance of preventing the trauma of unnecessary family separation. The CB believes reaching children and families sooner through prevention is the key to avoiding unnecessary trauma, disrupting intergenerational cycles of maltreatment, and achieving better outcomes for children and families.”</p> <p>Now let’s look at some ways to prevent placement.  One prevention practice is “blind removal meetings.”  Due to the disproportionate number of black children placed in foster care, two counties in New York hold pre-placement meetings in which personal and demographic information is removed from the paperwork.  These case review meetings have decreased removals of black children from 57% to 42%.</p> <p>For more information on blind removal meetings visit: <a href="https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18095" rel="nofollow">https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/DocumentCenter/View/18095</a> (p. 17)</p> <p>The state of North Dakota is embarking on the Family Centered Engagement Initiative.  The Initiative brings together parents/caregivers, extended family members, children, service providers, child welfare professionals, juvenile court staff, community partners and others involved in a child’s life.  The purpose is to create an action plan with a family to keep their child out of foster care and a safety plan prioritizing kinship care if the child must be removed.  Families are engaged earlier in decision making and their strengths and need for services identified and addressed.</p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://www.thevillagefamily.org/content/family-centered-engagement" rel="nofollow">https://www.thevillagefamily.org/content/family-centered-engagement</a></p> <p>Home Visitation has become a nationwide initiative. The highest rating for Evidence-Based Practice in home visitation goes to the Nurse-Family Partnership.   Specially trained nurses regularly visit young, first-time moms-to-be, starting early in the pregnancy, and continuing through the child’s second birthday.  It is the most effective intervention to prevent child abuse and neglect.</p> <p>For more information on the research on the Nurse-Family Partnership visit <a href="https://evidencebasedprograms.org/programs/nurse-family-partnership/" rel="nofollow">https://evidencebasedprograms.org/programs/nurse-family-partnership/</a></p> <p>There is a bonus to the home visiting program if fathers are involved<em>.  </em><em>Families whose fathers participated in at least one home visit were enrolled nearly seven months longer than families whose fathers did not participate in any home visits.  </em><a href="https://childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu/retaining-families-home-visiting-programs-promoting-father-participation" rel="nofollow">https://childandfamilyresearch.utexas.edu/retaining-families-home-visiting-programs-promoting-father-participation</a></p> <p>The federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has just issued a memo to encourage all human services agencies to prioritize father engagement as a critical factor in strengthening families.  The memo lists the benefits of father involvement in the lives of children including family stability and social and emotional well-being.</p> <p>To view the memo visit <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/acffatherhoodim_final.pdf" rel="nofollow">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/acffatherhoodim_final.pdf</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em> </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/10/23/preventing-reunification/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-10-23 14:05 +00:00 2018-10-23 07:05 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=464 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/fall-resources/ Other Fall Resources The fall season brings a new fiscal year for the federal government and many states. This means agencies are starting new programs and looking for information and resources. Let’s get started! Assessment Tools At the beginning and end of the fiscal and calendar years, NFPN sees an increase in customers wanting the assessment tools.  That’s &#8230; Thu, 20 Sep 2018 14:32:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/fall-resources/#respond admin <p>The fall season brings a new fiscal year for the federal government and many states. This means agencies are starting new programs and looking for information and resources. Let’s get started!</p> <p><strong>Assessment Tools</strong></p> <p>At the beginning and end of the fiscal and calendar years, NFPN sees an increase in customers wanting the assessment tools.  That’s a good indicator agencies are using the tools with new and expanded programs.  Here is some information to consider when looking for an assessment tool:</p> <ul> <li>Choose only reliable and valid assessment tools that have a proven track record and that include training, technical assistance, and ongoing research. Otherwise your agency is not only wasting time and money but the families you want to help will have poor outcomes.</li> <li>Policy makers, administrators, and funders want to see reports that show how quality assessments are helping families. The new web database for the NCFAS tools provides report features that can be quickly generated and shared and that include data on both individual and aggregate families.</li> <li>All federal programs and many state programs require trauma-informed practice. NFPN’s Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being scale fits the bill as an assessment tool that measures trauma indicators and post-trauma healing.  It’s a comprehensive yet inexpensive tool for initiating trauma-informed practice.</li> <li>There has been a growing increase in the use of assessment tools by home visiting programs and schools. The NCFAS-G is the recommended tool for this use, and NFPN has a new training case example for school-based programs.</li> </ul> <p>For information on all of the assessment tools visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p>NFPN has arranged for onsite training on the assessment tools for our customers in Australia and Chile.  Contact NFPN for more details.<strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>Onsite Training</strong></p> <p>NFPN is now offering an array of onsite training on a variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing, Assessment/Treatment of substance use disorders, Relapse Prevention, Clinical Supervision, Trauma-Informed Care, and many more.</p> <p>Please contact NFPN to see how we can meet your training needs: <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.</p> <p><strong>Father Involvement</strong></p> <p>The Fathers and Families Center in Indianapolis celebrates its 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year. The Center provides services for fathers on parenting, education, and work skills as well as co-parenting classes and couples counseling for both moms and dads.  For more information on this high-quality center visit <a href="https://www.fatherhood.gov/sites/default/files/Resource%20Files/approved_spotlight_fathers_and_families_center_8-17-18_508.pdf">https://www.fatherhood.gov/sites/default/files/Resource%20Files/approved_spotlight_fathers_and_families_center_8-17-18_508.pdf</a></p> <p>The Safe and Together Institute has a paper on being father-inclusive in child welfare cases that involve domestic violence.  The Institute is a national leader in balancing the need to work with fathers involved in domestic violence while protecting mothers and children.  Anyone working with these families should read this article: <a href="https://safeandtogetherinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/OH_FYLAW_Working-with-Men-as-Parents-Brief_July-2018.pdf" rel="nofollow">https://safeandtogetherinstitute.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/OH_FYLAW_Working-with-Men-as-Parents-Brief_July-2018.pdf</a></p> <p>James McHale, University of South Florida, is conducting research on father involvement and domestic violence.  In a current study, only 15% of the families were considered unsafe for participation.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.usfsp.edu/family-study-center/">http://www.usfsp.edu/family-study-center/</a></p> <p><strong>Teen Drug Use</strong></p> <p>Teens are becoming addicted to a non-opioid drug, see file:///C:/Users/User/Documents/Opioids&#8211;Xanax.html</p> <p>Free classroom lessons/resources for K-12 to prevent drug misuse are available here: <a href="https://www.operationprevention.com/classroom">https://www.operationprevention.com/classroom</a></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/09/20/fall-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-09-20 14:32 +00:00 2018-09-20 07:32 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=462 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/kinship-policies-and-resources/ Other Kinship Policies and Resources With the increase in the number of children placed in foster care, kinship placement has become a critical factor.  Placement with kin results in better outcomes for children with greater placement stability and safety. About 32% of children in the child welfare system are living with a relative.  Placement with relatives has increased by approximately &#8230; Thu, 23 Aug 2018 14:02:04 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/kinship-policies-and-resources/#respond admin <p>With the increase in the number of children placed in foster care, kinship placement has become a critical factor.  Placement with kin results in better outcomes for children with greater placement stability and safety. About 32% of children in the child welfare system are living with a relative.  Placement with relatives has increased by approximately one percentage point each year from 2009-2017.</p> <p>In order to create a “kin first culture” several organizations developed a wikiHow for kinship care with the following seven steps:</p> <p>Step 1 &#8211; Lead with a kin first philosophy</p> <p>Step 2 &#8211; Develop written policies and protocols that reflect equity for children with kin and recognize their unique circumstances</p> <p>Step 3 &#8211; Identify and engage kin for children at every step</p> <p>Step 4 &#8211; Create a sense of urgency for making the first placement a kin placement​</p> <p>Step 5 &#8211; Make licensing kin a priority​</p> <p>Step 6 &#8211; Support permanent families for children</p> <p>Step 7 &#8211; Create a strong community network to support kin families</p> <p>Each step includes examples from states that have implemented them.  To view the wikiHow visi<strong>t </strong><a href="http://www.grandfamilies.org/wikiHow-for-Kinship-Foster-Care">http://www.grandfamilies.org/wikiHow-for-Kinship-Foster-Care</a>.</p> <p>Children whose families are involved in abuse and neglect often experience trauma. Although this trauma affects both the child and kin family, the kin placement also provides the best antidote to trauma: a positive, supporting relationship with a loving adult. Children placed with relatives have fewer school changes, better behavioral and mental health outcomes, and are more likely to report that they “always feel loved.”</p> <p>Generations United has prepared an excellent report on trauma and the positive effects of kin placement: <a href="https://www.gu.org/app/uploads/2018/05/Grandfamilies-Report-SOGF-2017.pdf">https://www.gu.org/app/uploads/2018/05/Grandfamilies-Report-SOGF-2017.pdf</a></p> <p>Kin caregivers provide better outcomes for children along with a priceless relationship but there is a cost.  Kin often have lower income, less access to resources, and poorer health than non-kin caregivers.  The federal government has funded kinship navigator programs to connect grandparents and other relatives who take primary responsibility for the care of children with resources.  In the past, these navigator programs were funded through grants and about half the states had navigator programs.  The Family First Prevention Services Act provided seed funding, effective October 1, for all states to develop a navigator program. The dollar amount ranges from $206,630 for Wyoming to just over $1 million for California. Almost all states have submitted a request form to receive the funding.</p> <p>There is additional funding available for kin and kinship navigator programs through other portions of the Family First legislation. To help unravel the complicated guidelines for funding, Jennifer Miller, an expert on kin care from Child Focus, provided the following information:</p> <p>To receive ongoing funding for kinship navigator programs, states will need to establish their program as evidence-based practice.  However, the challenge is that there are few navigator programs currently meeting EBP standards.  Efforts are underway to identify and establish such programs.</p> <p>Kin are also eligible to receive direct services through Family First funding.  The most likely services they will receive are parenting skills training and mental health prevention and treatment services.</p> <p>For more information on kinship navigator programs and resources visit <a href="http://www.grandfamilies.org/Resources/Kinship-Navigator-Programs">http://www.grandfamilies.org/Resources/Kinship-Navigator-Programs</a>.</p> <p>For information on Kinship Care—Best Practice, visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/kinship-care-best-practice/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/kinship-care-best-practice/</a></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/08/23/kinship-policies-and-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-08-23 14:02 +00:00 2018-08-23 07:02 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=460 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/problem-solving-courts/ Other Problem-Solving Courts In recent years, Problem-Solving Courts, also referred to as Specialty Courts, have been established to deal with the underlying problems that contribute to criminal behavior.  We’re going to take a closer look today at two of these courts. The following information on Family Drug Courts (in quotes) and additional information is from an Office of &#8230; Mon, 23 Jul 2018 13:56:35 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/problem-solving-courts/#respond admin <p>In recent years, Problem-Solving Courts, also referred to as Specialty Courts, have been established to deal with the underlying problems that contribute to criminal behavior.  We’re going to take a closer look today at two of these courts.</p> <p>The following information on Family Drug Courts (in quotes) and additional information is from an Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention document: <a href="https://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/litreviews/Family_Drug_Courts.pdf">https://www.ojjdp.gov/mpg/litreviews/Family_Drug_Courts.pdf</a></p> <p>“<strong>Family Drug Courts</strong> (FDCs) handle cases of child abuse and neglect that involve substance use by the child’s parents or guardians (Brook et al. 2015; Chuang et al. 2012). The overall goal of FDCs is to reduce child maltreatment by treating parents’ underlying substance use disorders through a coordinated and collaborative approach that involves a multitude of agencies and professionals such as the court system, child protective services (CPS), substance use treatment providers, and the attorneys involved in the case (Pach 2008; Gifford et al.).</p> <p>FDCs identify and assess parents’ needs, provide access to treatment, attempt to remove barriers that may impact successful completion of treatment (such as helping parents to develop skills to achieve recovery), and provide ongoing monitoring of parental compliance (Pach 2008).  Children’s needs are simultaneously addressed, as the likelihood of reunification is increased when family and children’s services are provided at a high level in substance use treatment (Grella et al. 2009).</p> <p>There have been fewer evaluation studies (less than 20) conducted on the effectiveness of FDCs, compared with the number of studies (more than 50) of adult drug courts (Gifford et al. 2014; van Wormer and Hsieh 2016).  A descriptive study of the Children Affected by Methamphetamine (CAM) grant program found that when child-focused services with adult recovery-support services were offered in the FDC setting, parental substance use was reduced, parents’ participation in substance use disorder treatment was improved, children were subjected to less neglect and abuse, and out-of-home placements were shorter (Rodi et al. 2015).”</p> <p>The federal Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) administers the <strong>Mental Health Courts</strong> Program.</p> <p>The following information (in quotes) on Mental Health Courts and additional information is available on the BJA Website: <a href="https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=68">https://www.bja.gov/ProgramDetails.aspx?Program_ID=68</a></p> <p>“Mental health courts typically involve judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, and other court personnel who have expressed an interest in or possess particular mental health expertise. The courts generally deal with nonviolent offenders who have been diagnosed with a mental illness or co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders. Today, more than 150 of these courts exist, and more are being planned.</p> <p>The goal of BJA&#8217;s Mental Health Court grant program is to decrease the frequency of clients&#8217; contacts with the criminal justice system by providing courts with resources to improve clients&#8217; social functioning and link them to employment, housing, treatment, and support services.</p> <p>BJA funds projects that emphasize:</p> <ul> <li>Continuing judicial supervision—including periodic review—over preliminarily qualified offenders with mental illness or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse disorders who are charged with misdemeanors and/or nonviolent offenses.</li> <li>Specialized training of criminal justice personnel to identify and address the unique needs of offenders who are mentally ill or intellectually disabled.</li> <li>Voluntary outpatient or inpatient mental health treatment, in the least restrictive manner appropriate as determined by the court, that carries with it the possibility of dismissal of charges or reduced sentencing on successful completion of treatment.</li> <li>Centralized case management and the coordination of all mental health treatment plans and social services, including life skills training, placement, health care, and relapse prevention.”</li> </ul> <p>A research study by the Urban Institute of two long-standing Mental Health Courts in Brooklyn and Bronx, New York, found that mental health court participants are significantly less likely to recidivate than similar offenders with mental illness who experience business-as-usual court processing.</p> <p>For a look at Safe Babies Court Teams, visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/safe-babies-court-teams/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/safe-babies-court-teams/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/07/23/problem-solving-courts/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-07-23 13:56 +00:00 2018-07-23 06:56 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=457 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/fathers-and-reunification/ Other Fathers and Reunification Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children&#8217;s Bureau, introduces two  events observed in June that he believes are closely related: &#8220;The month of June provides two causes for celebration in the child welfare world, Father&#8217;s Day and National Reunification Month. Both allow us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of families. Both also prompt &#8230; Mon, 11 Jun 2018 16:03:02 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/fathers-and-reunification/#respond admin <p>Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner at the Children&#8217;s Bureau, introduces two  events observed in June that he believes are closely related:</p> <p>&#8220;The month of June provides two causes for celebration in the child welfare world, Father&#8217;s Day and National Reunification Month. Both allow us the opportunity to reflect on the importance of families. Both also prompt us to redouble our efforts to strengthen families and do everything we can as a system and in our communities to respect and nurture the integrity of the parent-child relationship.</p> <p>Reunification Month is a time to celebrate resiliency, hard work, and the power of families to heal. It is a time to acknowledge perseverance and commit to seeking positive outcomes for families separated through foster care. Parents that achieve reunification often have overcome great odds—and too often without adequate support. Their achievement is a demonstration of parental love and its ability to propel change.&#8221;</p> <p>Well said!  What follows are some of the specific ways that father involvement and reunification are linked.  Children in single parent households are at greater risk of child abuse and neglect. Research shows that when fathers are involved:</p> <ul> <li>Children have shorter lengths of stay in foster care, fewer placement episodes, and greater stability in foster care</li> <li>Children are more likely to be reunified</li> <li>Reunifications are more durable</li> </ul> <p>The father’s family can also play a role in reunification. NFPN’s early research on father involvement demonstrated that social workers who received training and assistance were more likely to involve the father’s family with the child and in the case plan.  Winokur et al. (2014) report that children placed with kin have more placement stability and higher rates of behavioral and emotional well-being than children placed with unrelated caregivers.</p> <p>Involving the father and the father’s family needs to begin early in the intervention.  In NFPN’s research study, social workers’ efforts to involve fathers tended to taper off after six months.  In another study, the worker established either a trusting working relationship or no working relationship with the parent(s) within three weeks of the referral.</p> <p>Coakley, Kelley, &amp; Bartlett (2014) provide some steps for engaging fathers:</p> <p>1.Use diligent efforts to identify, find, communicate with, and engage fathers</p> <p>2. Offer fathers the same services and supports that mothers receive, and treat them equally</p> <p>3.Address father-specific needs (community services, father support groups, counseling, housing and employment services, etc.)</p> <p>4.Ensure a constructive worker-father relationship</p> <p>During this month of June, there are many resources to choose from on both father involvement and reunification.  Here are just a few:</p> <p>The Birth Parent National Network is sponsoring a Reunification webinar on June 28, featuring Mimi Laver with the American Bar Association.  You can register for the webinar at <a href="https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7399725737582547459">https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/7399725737582547459</a><u>.</u></p> <p>A parents’ handbook for reunification is available at <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reunification/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/reunification/</a></p> <p>A research article on father engagement and involvement can be found here: <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4389279/">https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4389279/</a></p> <p>A report from the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network on state approaches to including fathers in programs and practices: <a href="http://www.frpn.org/asset/frpn-research-brief-state-approaches-including-fathers-in-programs-and-policies-dealing">http://www.frpn.org/asset/frpn-research-brief-state-approaches-including-fathers-in-programs-and-policies-dealing</a></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/06/11/fathers-and-reunification/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-06-11 16:03 +00:00 2018-06-11 09:03 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=455 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/putting-together-an-opioid-conference/ Other Putting Together an Opioid Conference The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) helped coordinate a conference on opioids on May 3. There is no more vital topic of discussion right now&#8211;here are some suggestions for putting together a conference on opioids: Collaborate with a wide variety of agencies. The opioid issue involves a broad spectrum of agencies.  Our conference collaborative included &#8230; Tue, 22 May 2018 13:52:04 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/putting-together-an-opioid-conference/#comments admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) helped coordinate a conference on opioids on May 3. There is no more vital topic of discussion right now&#8211;here are some suggestions for putting together a conference on opioids:</p> <ol> <li>Collaborate with a wide variety of agencies. The opioid issue involves a broad spectrum of agencies.  Our conference collaborative included family treatment court (drug court), a state child welfare agency, a county child welfare agency, treatment providers, and national organizations.</li> <li>Select a keynote speaker with vast knowledge of opioids at the national, state, and local level. It’s critical for participants to have information that includes extent of use, how opioids work, the high rate of overdose and available overdose reversal measures, and best practice in treatment.</li> <li>Provide training on interventions. Start first with addressing differences in perception and approach of the workforce such as child welfare social workers compared to drug treatment providers. Parenting capacity is critical in addressing substance use of parents.  Therapeutic interventions (Motivational Interviewing, TF-CBT, etc.) require intensive training so provide introductory overviews.  More basic interventions that can be quickly learned and applied include Trauma Systems Therapy and Mental Health First Aid.</li> <li>Family treatment/drug courts are highly effective and an essential component of addressing the opioid epidemic. A drug court judge and drug court graduate are valuable and highly valued speakers at an opioid conference.</li> <li>Don’t overlook the informal support system. Opioid users need a lot of support from family and other informal support systems such as churches, AA, Narcotics Anonymous, etc.  At our conference the mother of a drug court graduate shared how she supported her daughter in overcoming substance use.  The mother received a standing ovation from participants.</li> </ol> <p>Here are some lessons learned from the opioid conference:</p> <ol> <li>Participants loved the variety of presenters and topics.</li> <li>The one-day conference was too short for the amount of material presented so plan follow-up training.</li> <li>The PowerPoint presentations and supplemental materials can be put on a flash drive for easy access and additional training.</li> <li>On the evaluation forms, ask participants 3 things they learned and 1 way they will change practice after the conference = priceless feedback.</li> <li>The conference received the highest ratings by participants of any that NFPN has been involved in. There’s a big interest in opioids!</li> </ol> <p>Here are additional resources:</p> <p>NFPN offers a video training on substance use.  Pricing starts at $275.</p> <p>NFPN has trainers (board members) with expertise in parenting capacity and skills, motivational interviewing, trauma treatment, and depression.</p> <p>For all questions and more information about resources, training, and putting together an opioid conference, please contact Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, phone 888-498-9047.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>To view “10 Things I learned at the Opioid Conference,” visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/10-things-i-learned-at-the-opioid-conference/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/10-things-i-learned-at-the-opioid-conference/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/putting-together-an-opioid-conference/feed/ 1 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-05-22 13:52 +00:00 2018-05-22 06:52 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=453 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reunification/ Other Reunification When children are removed from their families, the most common goal is to reunify the family and about half of the children removed are actually reunified with their families.  What can be done to improve this outcome so that more children can safely return home? The Child Welfare Information Gateway addressed the issue of reunification &#8230; Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:41:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reunification/#respond admin <p>When children are removed from their families, the most common goal is to reunify the family and about half of the children removed are actually reunified with their families.  What can be done to improve this outcome so that more children can safely return home?</p> <p>The Child Welfare Information Gateway addressed the issue of reunification in a recent publication.  Gateway reported these factors result in children being less likely to reunify:</p> <ul> <li>Being placed in kinship care</li> <li>Spending longer time in care or experiencing more placements</li> <li>Being African-American</li> <li>Having health, mental health, or behavioral problems (child)</li> <li>Coming from a single-parent family</li> <li>Receiving an initial placement in a group home or emergency shelter</li> </ul> <p>Gateway’s best practice for reunifying families include the following:</p> <p><strong>Comprehensive Family Assessment: </strong> Assessment has been linked to positive outcomes including increased reunification and reductions in maltreatment reoccurrence.  The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has one of the few reliable and valid family assessment tools for reunification.</p> <p>For information on the NCFAS-G+R family assessment tool and training visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfas-gr-training-package">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfas-gr-training-package</a></p> <p><strong>Intensive Family Reunification Services</strong>:  Various studies show that intensive services for reunifying families are effective.  NFPN’s largest reunification study found that various factors such as race, marital status, employment, substance abuse, mental health, and domestic violence did not hinder reunifying families through intensive services.  Factors that had a positive effect on the durability of the reunification were concrete services, step-down services, and father involvement.</p> <p>To read the full research article visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research">http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research</a></p> <p>NFPN has a reunification model that has been used by several states in developing their model of intensive services.</p> <p>To view the reunification model visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-model">http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-model</a></p> <p><strong>Frequent and regular visits of parents with children:  </strong>Children who have regular visits with their families are more likely to reunify.  Hess and Proch (1993) portray visits as the heart of reunification.  Parent/child visits are important because:</p> <ul> <li>Visiting maintains family relationships: only if relationships are maintained will the family be reunited.</li> <li>Visiting empowers and informs parents: during visits, parents are reassured about their ability to act as parents and to provide at least some care for their children. Visits also allow parents to identify strengths and weaknesses as parents. Visiting provides both parents and children an opportunity to practice new behaviors and skills.</li> <li>Visiting enhances children’s wellbeing: the trauma of a child’s separation from the parent and feelings of abandonment are decreased, and the improved psychological health of the child enhances the child’s developmental progress.</li> <li>Visiting provides a transition to home: by observing family interactions during visits caseworkers can identify issues that must be resolved prior to reunification, determine the family’s progress, address the timing and sequence for returning children, and identify issues that must continue to be addressed following reunification.</li> </ul> <p>To read more about parent/child visits, especially focusing on father-child visits see <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/father-child-visits">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/father-child-visits</a></p> <p><strong>Foster Parent Support of Birth Parents: </strong>Foster parents can have a big impact on reunification by supporting the birth parents.  For an excellent tip sheet on how foster parents can help, visit <a href="https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/ParentRep/Reunification_Tip_Sheet.authcheckdam.pdf?utm_source=Professionals&amp;utm_campaign=6cd0d7df44-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_E-Notes_September_2017&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_9bab4b66b7-6cd0d7df44-292527401">https://www.americanbar.org/content/dam/aba/administrative/child_law/ParentRep/Reunification_Tip_Sheet.authcheckdam.pdf?utm_source=Professionals&amp;utm_campaign=6cd0d7df44-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_E-Notes_September_2017&amp;utm_medium=email&amp;utm_term=0_9bab4b66b7-6cd0d7df44-292527401</a></p> <p>To view the entire Gateway document visit: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/supporting-successful-reunifications/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/supporting-successful-reunifications/</a></p> <p>For  information on reunification models, visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reunification-models/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reunification-models/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/04/10/reunification/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-04-10 13:41 +00:00 2018-04-10 06:41 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=450 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/engaging-fathers/ Other Engaging Fathers The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has provided resources, curricula, and training on father involvement since 2000.  The Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum was developed as part of a demonstration project in which child welfare social workers received training and assistance to engage fathers in their children’s lives.  The project was successful and was one of &#8230; Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:46:27 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/engaging-fathers/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has provided resources, curricula, and training on father involvement since 2000.  The Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum was developed as part of a demonstration project in which child welfare social workers received training and assistance to engage fathers in their children’s lives.  The project was successful and was one of the first to show that training practitioners is a key component of engaging fathers.</p> <p>Additional studies over the past two decades show that early engagement of fathers is critical to engaging and involving them in their children’s lives. Early engagement is also important because the practitioner’s efforts and the father’s involvement tend to peak within about six months.</p> <p>To assist practitioners with early engagement of fathers, the following is a six-week plan for engagement of non-residential fathers whose children are involved in the child welfare system:</p> <p><strong>Week 1:  </strong></p> <p>Identify the father of the child</p> <p>Obtain a physical address for the father</p> <p>Share with the mother how a father can be a resource</p> <p>Contact the father: schedule face-to-face meeting</p> <p><strong>Week 2: </strong></p> <p>Complete assessment form on father’s current involvement</p> <p>Explore with father how he can be a resource to the child</p> <p>If father is a limited resource, ask if his extended family could be a resource for the child</p> <p>Identify services and resources that the father needs</p> <p>Arrange a visit between the father and child</p> <p><strong>Week 3:      </strong></p> <p>Provide information and discuss with the father the developmental stage/needs of the child</p> <p>Suggest activities that the father and child can do together</p> <p>Discuss with the mother what the father’s involvement with the child can do to help her                       (child care, co-parenting, respite)</p> <p>Connect both parents to services and resources that include addressing their co-parenting                     roles</p> <p>Include father in the case plan</p> <p><strong>Week 4:    </strong></p> <p>Assist the father with scheduling a visit to the child’s school (pre-school, nursery)</p> <p>Discuss with the father how services and resources are helping him to become more                            involved in the child’s life</p> <p>Ask the child (if appropriate age) what his father’s involvement means to the child</p> <p><strong>Week 5:     </strong></p> <p>Discuss with each parent (or arrange a meeting with the father and mother) their view of                      the father’s involvement, assist with setting up a schedule for the father’s time with the                        child, and help establish methods/frequency of communication between the parents</p> <p>Explore with the father what other services and resources are needed for him to maintain                     involvement in the child’s life</p> <p><strong>Week 6:    </strong></p> <p>Complete the assessment form on father involvement to determine progress and areas still                    needing improvement</p> <p>Connect the father to any additional needed services</p> <p>Explain to the father the importance of and benefits to the child of the father’s ongoing                        and permanent involvement</p> <p>For information on the Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package</a></p> <p>For additional resources on father involvement visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement</a></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/03/20/engaging-fathers/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-03-20 13:46 +00:00 2018-03-20 06:46 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=448 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/aces-and-trauma-informed-care/ Other ACEs and Trauma-Informed Care ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that may have lasting, negative effects on health and well-being both in childhood and in adult life. While there is currently not a definitive list of ACEs, the original list included exposure to child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness and suicide, incarceration, and violence. Recent additions included in a study &#8230; Tue, 27 Feb 2018 15:39:47 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/aces-and-trauma-informed-care/#respond admin <p>ACEs are adverse childhood experiences that may have lasting, negative effects on health and well-being both in childhood and in adult life.</p> <p>While there is currently not a definitive list of ACEs, the original list included exposure to child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness and suicide, incarceration, and violence. Recent additions included in a study of ACEs conducted by Child Trends are parental separation/divorce, death of parent, and economic hardship. The following information summarizes the study and there is a link to the study at the end of this post.</p> <p>Key findings:</p> <ul> <li>Economic hardship and parental separation/divorce are the most common ACEs reported nationally</li> <li>45% of children in the U.S. have experienced at least one ACE</li> <li>61% of black children, 51% of Hispanic children, 40% of white children, and 23% of Asian children have experienced at least one ACE</li> <li>One in nine children has experienced three or more ACEs</li> </ul> <p>ACEs can result in toxic levels of stress hormones that alter normal mental and physical development.  This can lead to alcoholism, drug abuse, depression, suicide, poor physical health, lower educational attainment, unemployment, and poverty. Not all children who experience ACEs have negative outcomes but multiple ACEs substantially increase the risk of negative outcomes.</p> <p>Protective factors can reduce negative outcomes.  The most significant protective factor is a positive, supportive relationship with one or more adults.  Children who experience ACEs but who can manage their emotions have more positive outcomes.  Resilience can be cultivated through self-care routines and through strengthening social and emotional skills such as empathy, self-regulation, and self-efficacy.</p> <p>An understanding of ACEs has been accompanied by an increase in the development and application of trauma-informed care.  Trauma-informed care includes a variety of approaches that acknowledge the impact of trauma, recognize its systems, respond with appropriate treatment, and prevent further traumatization. It should be noted that screening for ACEs does not replace comprehensive trauma screening and assessment.</p> <p>All federally-funded programs and many state programs require that programs and services be trauma-informed.  In response to these mandates, the National Family Preservation Network developed one of the first tools for assessing family trauma.  The tool measures symptoms and indicators of trauma in both children and parents.  In the field study one of the most significant findings was the effect of past trauma in parents involved in abuse/neglect of their children or family conflict.  The tool also measures post-trauma well-being following services.  The field study showed dramatic improvement in post-trauma well-being with services primarily consisting of Intensive Family Preservation Services.</p> <p>For more information on the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being tool visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a></p> <p>To read the field study report on trauma visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/trauma-report.pdf">http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/trauma-report.pdf</a></p> <p>To read the full report on ACEs visit  <a href="https://www.childtrends.org/publications/prevalence-adverse-childhood-experiences-nationally-state-race-ethnicity/">https://www.childtrends.org/publications/prevalence-adverse-childhood-experiences-nationally-state-race-ethnicity/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/aces-and-trauma-informed-care/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-02-27 15:39 +00:00 2018-02-27 07:39 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=446 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/resources-for-the-opioid-epidemic/ Other Resources for the Opioid Epidemic Did you know that 21 million Americans struggle with substance addictions annually &#8211; more than the total number of people who have all cancers combined!  Someone dies every 19 minutes from an opioid overdose—there were 64,000 overdose deaths from opioids in 2016.  A new research study correlates opioid overdose deaths with increases in reports of &#8230; Wed, 24 Jan 2018 15:11:32 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/resources-for-the-opioid-epidemic/#comments admin <p>Did you know that 21 million Americans struggle with substance addictions annually &#8211; more than the total number of people who have all cancers combined!  Someone dies every 19 minutes from an opioid overdose—there were 64,000 overdose deaths from opioids in 2016.  A new research study correlates opioid overdose deaths with increases in reports of child abuse/neglect, substantiated reports, and foster care entries.</p> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is starting the new year by addressing the opioid epidemic.  NFPN’s perspective is different from many other organizations in that we view family, not the individual, as the focus of assistance and treatment.  We believe that families can be preserved even in the midst of an epidemic that is targeted to destroy families.</p> <p>NFPN is embarking on a Rural Opioid Project to better understand and more effectively address rural opioid use.  Rural sites in 5 states will be participating in the project and one of the goals is to develop a model response to opioid use in rural areas.</p> <p>How can we achieve keeping families together that are involved in substance abuse?  It’s helpful to recall that during a previous epidemic in the 1980’s, Intensive Family Preservation Services kept families safely together in one of the highest concentrations of crack cocaine use:  the Bronx, New York.  IFPS is an evidence-based practice that continues to be used today to keep families involved in substance abuse safely together.</p> <p>NFPN has numerous resources available on IFPS. Here are two of the most popular to start with for use in developing or strengthening IFPS programs:</p> <p>IFPS ToolKit : Comprehensive Resource Guide for the development and maintenance of strong and effective IFPS services    <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit</a></p> <p>IFPS Nationwide Survey (2014): Comparison of high-quality IFPS programs in 12 states  <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey</a></p> <p>Research indicates a close relationship between trauma and addiction.  About a third of all trauma survivors develop an addiction.  For those who experience trauma as children, two-thirds develop an addiction as an adult.  Thus, it’s critical that trauma be identified and treated as part of prevention and treatment of addiction.  NFPN has a tool specifically designed to assess trauma (note that this tool is used in conjunction with either the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tools).  NFPN’s assessment tools have been tested and found reliable with families involved in substance abuse.</p> <p>Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Assessment Tool: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a></p> <p>To view all assessment tools visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p>With substance abuse moving to the front burner of child and family-serving agencies, NFPN offers a video training on substance abuse and in-home services.  The video is designed to help train practitioners on interventions for families involved in substance abuse.  Highlights of the video include effective therapeutic techniques and an interview with a mother recovering from substance abuse and reunifying with her children.  A list of 25 supplemental materials for training is also included.  Pricing begins at $275.</p> <p>For more information and to order, email <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a> or phone 888-498-9047.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2018/01/24/resources-for-the-opioid-epidemic/feed/ 1 ifpscoasttocoast 2018-01-24 15:11 +00:00 2018-01-24 07:11 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=444 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/wrapping-up-2017/ Other Wrapping up 2017 This year marked the 25th anniversary of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN). During this year we released a training video for the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool, provided a web database for the assessment tools in cooperation with Integrated Imaging, produced a video on substance abuse and in-home services, and began planning for our next 25 &#8230; Thu, 21 Dec 2017 20:17:19 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/wrapping-up-2017/#respond admin <p>This year marked the 25th anniversary of the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN). During this year we released a training video for the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool, provided a web database for the assessment tools in cooperation with Integrated Imaging, produced a video on substance abuse and in-home services, and began planning for our next 25 years!</p> <p>We’re excited to have served as the primary national voice for the preservation of families for over two decades and to continue doing so in the future. Next year we will be working on a nationwide rural opioid project to find out how rural areas are addressing this issue and how we can help strengthen and preserve families caught up in this epidemic. </p> <p>The opioid epidemic has also created renewed interest in reunifying families and father involvement and NFPN has resources, training, and technical assistance available in those areas. In addition to substance abuse, blog posts in 2017 also addressed suicide and mental health as NFPN moves more into the behavioral and mental health arena. </p> <p>Thank you for everything you do on behalf of families.</p> <p> MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/12/21/wrapping-up-2017/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-12-21 20:17 +00:00 2017-12-21 12:17 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=442 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/mental-health-first-aid/ Other Mental Health First Aid The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently coordinated a training on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Developed in 2001, the goal of MHFA is to teach members of the public (“helpers”) how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress. Because the training is &#8230; Mon, 20 Nov 2017 14:22:35 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/mental-health-first-aid/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently coordinated a training on Mental Health First Aid (MHFA). Developed in 2001, the goal of MHFA is to teach members of the public (“helpers”) how to respond in a mental health emergency and offer support to someone who appears to be in emotional distress.</p> <p>Because the training is designed for members of the public, there are a number of generally-held myths that need to be addressed. Once thought to affect very few, it’s estimated that one in five Americans will experience a diagnosable mental disorder in any year. That means that most of us will have a family member, neighbor, colleague, friend, or others we encounter who face a mental health challenge. But we also need to keep in mind that many of these people lead productive and satisfying lives, sometimes with little or no access to formal mental health services.<br /> Recovery is defined as regaining physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional balance. The most important component of recovery is hope. This means that the most important role of the helper is to offer hope. The helper also provides support in order for the person to feel less distressed and to seek further assistance.</p> <p>The best way to help is to listen, to give the person your full attention. Listening may be the most effective link in helping a person to seek treatment. In order to listen well, the helper needs to:<br /> • Avoid premature conclusions based on your own life experiences.<br /> • Help the person understand self.<br /> • Permit the person to retain ownership of the challenge.<br /> • Listen without judging.<br /> • Maintain an optimistic attitude.</p> <p>The Mental Health First Aid Training includes a manual with the following:<br /> • Overview of mental health problems<br /> • Information on specific mental health problems including depression, suicide, anxiety disorders, psychosis, substance use, eating disorders, and crises<br /> • Action plan for help that includes assessment, listening, giving reassurance, and encouraging appropriate professional and self-help.</p> <p>A certified instructor provides the 8-hour training which is highly interactive. The training day that NFPN coordinated was offered in a rural area and attended primarily by first responders (police, firefighters, EMTs) along with a school counselor, pastors, professional mental health counselor, senior citizen center manager, and national organization administrator. The workplace cultural differences in the group were very apparent early on! However, in rural areas it’s critical to work across systems and the training was especially useful in that regard. There are no behavioral health services offered in this rural town so it’s essential to have this type of training.</p> <p>The training day (including lunch, snacks) was funded by the state behavioral health contracting organization. </p> <p>For more information visit <a href="https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/" rel="nofollow">https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/</a> </p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director </p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/11/20/mental-health-first-aid/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-11-20 14:22 +00:00 2017-11-20 06:22 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=440 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/principles-of-longevity/ Other Principles of Longevity Please be sure to read the Year-End Announcements at the end of this post. The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. For perspective, as few as 4% of businesses are in existence at 25 years. Nonprofits as a group are still relatively young with 90% of nonprofits having been &#8230; Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:34:45 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/principles-of-longevity/#respond admin <p><strong>Please be sure to read the Year-End Announcements at the end of this post.</strong></p> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is celebrating its 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year. For perspective, as few as 4% of businesses are in existence at 25 years. Nonprofits as a group are still relatively young with 90% of nonprofits having been created since 1950.</p> <p>What is the significance of 25 years? It so happens that 25 years is considered one generation: the length of time between the birth of an adult and the birth of this person’s child. In effect, NFPN is now a mature adult and ready to give birth..to another 25 years!</p> <p>In reviewing NFPN’s past and planning for our future, I believe that the following principles have contributed to our longevity and serve as a guide for the future:</p> <ol> <li>Mission Integrity: NFPN’s mission is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families. When NFPN was first established there were many national voices promoting family preservation because a major funder paid for staff of national organizations to do this. But when the funding dried up, so did most of the national voices advocating for family preservation. NFPN has adhered to its mission throughout its existence.</li> <li>Deep Dive on Initiatives: NFPN has initiatives in four areas: family preservation, reunification, father involvement, and assessment. We have focused on these areas because all of them are critical to our mission of preserving families.</li> <li>Evidence-Based: NFPN has conducted numerous research projects and then applied the findings to tools and training that lead to best practice. And best practice advances the field which leads to more effective and efficient resources to serve families.</li> <li>Collaboration: NFPN has had over 50 partnerships with other organizations. That has allowed us to leverage our small size and limited resources into big projects and outstanding outcomes.</li> <li>Working Board: There are no celebrities on NFPN’s Board of Directors! Board members contribute their time and expertise in the roles of organizational and financial oversight, ambassadors, trainers, salesforce, and encouragers.</li> <li>Self-Sufficiency: NFPN has moved from being totally dependent on grants in the early years to becoming self-sufficient through the sale of products, training, and technical assistance. While grants are certainly welcome and appreciated, NFPN would have ceased to exist if we had remained dependent on grants.</li> </ol> <p>These core principles have guided NFPN over the past 25 years and will serve as the anchor for our future!</p> <p><strong>Important Year-End Announcements</strong>: For those customers who have/plan to purchase a NCFAS-G/NCFAS-G+R/TWB assessment tool, free web database demos are scheduled for:</p> <p>Wed, Nov 15, at 4:00 p.m. ET     Fri, Nov 17, at 11:00 a.m. ET</p> <p>To reserve a space for the database demo, please email <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a></p> <p>Introductory pricing for the web database expires on December 20, 2017.</p> <p>In response to the opioid epidemic, NFPN is offering substance abuse video training. For information, please visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services">http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services</a>.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/principles-of-longevity/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-10-24 13:34 +00:00 2017-10-24 06:34 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=438 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/substance-abuse-video/ Other Substance Abuse Video In celebration of our 25th anniversary, The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to announce the release of a video training on Substance Abuse and In-Home Services. The new video training comes at a time when substance abuse, particularly opioids, is the most urgent health and social issue. The addictive power and potency of &#8230; Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:46:01 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/substance-abuse-video/#respond admin <p>In celebration of our 25th anniversary, The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to announce the release of a video training on Substance Abuse and In-Home Services. </p> <p>The new video training comes at a time when substance abuse, particularly opioids, is the most urgent health and social issue. The addictive power and potency of opioids have had devastating effects on families. These include a high number of fatalities due to overdose, high number of children removed from their homes and placed in foster care, and suicides of young children in families where a parent is addicted to opioids. Every agency that provides services to children and families is grappling with this issue. </p> <p>However, it does help to keep in mind that this is not the first drug epidemic. </p> <p>The crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980’s caused widespread panic due to fears of children being irreparably damaged from being born addicted through exposure in the womb to the mother’s drug use. But a study by the University of Florida showed that the babies determined safe to be left with their addictive mothers were more developmentally advanced at six months than babies removed from their mothers and placed in foster care. It is possible to provide treatment to the substance abusing parent(s) and protect children while keeping the family safely together. </p> <p>The purpose of NFPN’s video is to contribute to the resources and training for in-home services in order to help families involved with substance abuse. NFPN recommends at least two days of initial training for practitioners and ongoing training should also be provided.</p> <p>One way to begin is by viewing some free resources that are available online:<br /> For a brief overview of substance abuse and the child welfare system visit: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/parentalsubabuse/" rel="nofollow">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/factsheets/parentalsubabuse/</a> </p> <p>For a comprehensive overview of addiction including neurobiology, prevention, treatment, recovery and more view the Surgeon General’s Report at <a href="https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/" rel="nofollow">https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/</a>.</p> <p>To help motivate families to make needed changes, view “Listening and The Six Stages of Change” at <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products/247-nfpn-ifd-webcast-video" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/products/247-nfpn-ifd-webcast-video</a>. </p> <p>NFPN’s 90-minute substance abuse video was filmed in the state of Missouri and all presenters are from that state. There are seven segments with a presenter for each segment: Interviewer, State Child Welfare Administrator, Judge, Service Provider, Supervisor, Trainer, and Therapist/Client. Also included are 25 supplemental online resources with links provided for information and training.</p> <p>For quick reference, here is the link to the online information on the video: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/videos/substance-abuse-and-in-home-services</a></p> <p>Pricing for the video starts at $275 for up to 25 workers.</p> <p>To order, contact Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, director@nfpn.org Phone 888-498-9047.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/09/19/substance-abuse-video/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-09-19 13:46 +00:00 2017-09-19 06:46 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=436 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/comprehensive-family-assessment/ Other Comprehensive Family Assessment As we head into fall, this is the time of year when many agencies are looking at new programs and tools, including reliable and valid assessment tools. While the social services field has always sought to understand the families they are trying to assist, it has only been in the past two decades that there &#8230; Wed, 23 Aug 2017 13:40:58 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/comprehensive-family-assessment/#respond admin <p>As we head into fall, this is the time of year when many agencies are looking at new programs and tools, including reliable and valid assessment tools. While the social services field has always sought to understand the families they are trying to assist, it has only been in the past two decades that there has been an emphasis on comprehensive assessment of families.</p> <p>Pat Schene was among the first to define comprehensive family assessment which involves looking at the “big picture” of the family in terms of both strengths and weaknesses, not just symptoms or one incident. It further involves identifying, gathering, and weighing information and begins with the first contact with the family and continues until the case is closed. The purpose is to develop a service plan or intervention that addresses the major factors affecting a child’s well-being, safety, and permanency. The plan aims at helping the family get on the right track for improved functioning. Schene goes on to describe the steps involved in assessment and provides an excellent case example. Her article remains the best starting place to understand comprehensive family assessment and is available here <a href="https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/family_assessment.pdf" rel="nofollow">https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/family_assessment.pdf</a>.</p> <p>It so happens that an assessment tool for the “big picture” was in development about the same time that Schene wrote her article (it has since been updated). The original North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) included the domains of environment, parental capabilities, family interactions, safety, and child well-being. The initial ratings are completed at case opening are used to prioritize goals and services. The final ratings, completed at case closure, show the improvement in family functioning from the time of the initial ratings. The key to training on the tool is the case example that gives workers the opportunity to compare their ratings with the recommended ratings.</p> <p>Proliferation nationwide of assessment tools created a need for evaluating the instruments. The most comprehensive evaluation, involving 85 family assessment instruments, was conducted by a research team at the University of Berkeley in 2006. The NCFAS and NCFAS-R (for use with reunifying families) ranked at the top. The study is available here <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/top-assessment-tools-for-cws" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/articles/top-assessment-tools-for-cws</a>. </p> <p>The various versions of the NCFAS tools have been involved in dozens of studies and have consistently demonstrated reliability and validity across a wide variety of programs including family preservation, differential response, supportive housing, schools, etc. For an overview of the research visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report</a>. </p> <p>There have been two recent developments involving the NCFAS tools. The first is the addition of two domains to address trauma and healing from trauma, the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being tool. The tool was developed in response to mandates by the federal and state governments to include trauma-informed practice in all government funded services. Information on the trauma tool is available here <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a>. </p> <p>The second development is a web database for the NCFAS tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and Trauma). The web database is accessed through any internet-linked device and allows the worker to enter ratings and other information about the family. It produces aggregate reports that can be saved, printed, or exported to Excel with graph features also available. NFPN recommends that all current users of the NCFAS tools transition to the web database. More information is available here <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database" rel="nofollow">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database</a>. Free demos are available upon request and introductory pricing is in effect this calendar year.</p> <p>To schedule a demo of the web database or for any questions about the assessment tools, please contact Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, director@nfpn.org, 888-498-9047.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/comprehensive-family-assessment/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-08-23 13:40 +00:00 2017-08-23 06:40 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=434 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/suicide-prevention/ Other Suicide Prevention I recently attended the Western States Conference on Suicide.  No conference could be more timely or necessary as western states including Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming have the highest suicide rates in the nation. Knowledge about suicide is greatly lacking which also hinders its prevention.  Here are some quick facts: Suicide is the &#8230; Tue, 11 Jul 2017 13:44:22 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/suicide-prevention/#respond admin <p>I recently attended the Western States Conference on Suicide.  No conference could be more timely or necessary as western states including Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Oregon, and Wyoming have the highest suicide rates in the nation.</p> <p>Knowledge about suicide is greatly lacking which also hinders its prevention.  Here are some quick facts:</p> <ul> <li>Suicide is the 10<sup>th</sup> leading cause of death in the U.S and second leading cause of death for young people ages 15-24</li> <li>There are over 40,000 deaths annually from suicide, higher than the number of deaths from traffic accidents. And deaths through suicide are greatly underreported</li> <li>45% of those completing suicide have visited a primary health care provider within the past year</li> <li>Over 1,000 people complete suicide within 72 hours of discharge from the emergency room of the hospital</li> <li>It is impossible to predict which individuals will attempt suicide but it is possible to determine the risk by group (age, mental health) and reduce symptoms &amp; suffering</li> </ul> <p>Amazingly, health care providers frequently do not receive any training on suicide even though training is essential for screening and prevention.  Trained health care professionals can identify risk of suicide and then work with patients to develop a safety plan, counsel removal of lethal means, and make sure that patients are connected to ongoing assistance (personal hand-off rather than paper referral).</p> <p>Many people who complete suicide have a diagnosis of depression and take medication to treat it.  The problem is that some of the medications that treat depression activate a gene that causes suicide ideation.  The good news is that researchers are identifying drugs, such as lithium and ketamine, that can shut off the desire to commit suicide.</p> <p>Here are some resources that can help to prevent suicide:</p> <p>Training:  No one should embark on suicide prevention without first receiving training.  A good place to start is the QPR model which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer.  A variety of online training for individuals, organizations, and professionals is available at low cost.  For more information visit <a href="http://www.qprinstitute.com/">http://www.qprinstitute.com/</a>.</p> <p>Suicide Prevention Resource Center: SPRC is the only federally-funded suicide center, sponsored by SAMHSA.    The site contains information on programs, funding for states, and a curricula developed especially for Native Alaskans and American Indians youth and young adults.  For more information, visit <a href="http://www.sprc.org">www.sprc.org</a>.  To view the manual To Live to See the Great Day that Dawns, visit <a href="http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/migrate/library/Suicide_Prevention_Guide.pdf">http://www.sprc.org/sites/default/files/migrate/library/Suicide_Prevention_Guide.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Hope Squad:  Utah has a peer-to-peer suicide prevention program for youth that was developed through the joint efforts of a state legislator and high school principal.  There have been no youth deaths from suicide in the Provo School District since the curriculum was implemented.  For more information visit <a href="http://hopesquad.com/">http://hopesquad.com/</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/07/11/suicide-prevention/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-07-11 13:44 +00:00 2017-07-11 06:44 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=430 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/a-fathers-brain/ Other A Father’s Brain My father loved infants.  He was the most excited person in the family when my mom was pregnant and he always made the announcement.  I must have either missed or forgotten the announcement about an incoming sibling when I was five years old.  My mom disappeared one day and after a week I thought she &#8230; Tue, 13 Jun 2017 13:52:35 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/a-fathers-brain/#respond admin <p>My father loved infants.  He was the most excited person in the family when my mom was pregnant and he always made the announcement.  I must have either missed or forgotten the announcement about an incoming sibling when I was five years old.  My mom disappeared one day and after a week I thought she wasn’t coming back.  I was outside honing my survival skills by lighting matches when my folks drove up.  My mom carried something squirming in a yellow blanket.  My dad told me to put the matches away and come in the house to see the new baby.  I obeyed and put the matches away but the squirming thing looked like trouble so I passed on that.</p> <p>My father loved girls.  Four of his five children were girls.  One of the few times I saw him cry was when my youngest sister died from leukemia at the age of three. My father had to wait 40 years for another girl to arrive in the family, a great-granddaughter.  She had a close bond with my father and wrote a touching story about him when he died.</p> <p>My father loved story-telling. He would get a twinkle in his eye and commence telling a humorous story with a straight face while the rest of us roared with laughter.  In his last remaining years, he would ask me to drive him around the farm that has been in our family for 100 years.  He would tell me stories of what had happened during the early days.</p> <p>Every Father’s Day I recall my father’s stories, his character, and his deep love for his family.  This year I’ve also discovered some interesting research about a father’s brain. Consider the following:</p> <ul> <li>A study of expectant fathers showed that midpregnancy ultrasound is a key moment in connecting with the baby. However, while moms think about cuddling the baby, dads think about the child’s future.</li> <li>A father’s brain changes while caring for a baby, similar to brain changes in the mother, to reflect his new care-giving role.</li> <li>According to brain scans, fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to their daughters’ needs than fathers with toddler sons are to the needs of sons.</li> </ul> <p>If my father were still here, I would share the brain research findings with him. But I already know how he would respond.  He would just laugh.  Because he already knew that.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>NFPN has many resources on father involvement.  For an overview visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement</a></p> <p>In honor of Father’s Day, NFPN is offering <em>The Complete Guide to Father Involvement </em>(<a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv</a>) FREE with purchase of:</p> <p><em>Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package: </em><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package"><em>http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package</em></a></p> <p><em>Advanced Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package: </em><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack"><em>http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack</em></a></p> <p>Pricing begins at $150 per training package for up to 25 workers or $275 for both.  For ordering and more info contact Priscilla Martens, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/06/13/a-fathers-brain/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-06-13 13:52 +00:00 2017-06-13 06:52 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=428 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/mothers-day/ Other Mother’s Day In the 25 years of National Family Preservation Network’s (NFPN) existence, there has never been a News Notes about Mother’ Day.  Let’s remedy that now! I vividly recall Mother’s Day 2013.  At 5:30 a.m. that morning, my sister called.  When you have elderly parents, the phone calls always come between midnight and 6:00 a.m. and &#8230; Wed, 10 May 2017 13:46:08 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/mothers-day/#respond admin <p>In the 25 years of National Family Preservation Network’s (NFPN) existence, there has never been a News Notes about Mother’ Day.  Let’s remedy that now!</p> <p>I vividly recall Mother’s Day 2013.  At 5:30 a.m. that morning, my sister called.  When you have elderly parents, the phone calls always come between midnight and 6:00 a.m. and they are never good.  She said my mom was on the way to the hospital in an ambulance.  By the time I arrived, my mom was regaining consciousness and was able to give a big smile to her two daughters, perhaps thinking she would be able to spend Mother’s Day with most of her family which turned out to be the case.</p> <p>The attending doctor was less cheerful and said there were so many things wrong with my mom that he gave her only a 50-50 chance of surviving the day.  After he left the room, we pondered that for a while and then my sister said, “I don’t know&#8212;Mom’s color is good now—I think she’ll be okay.”  Since my sister had known my mom for a lot longer time than the doctor, I decided to go with her prognosis.  And she was right!  But that was the beginning of a 17-day hospital odyssey.</p> <p>During those 17 days I learned every nook and cranny in the hospital, the personalities of all the nursing staff, and the healthy choices menu in the cafeteria.  I had 5 meals of fish in a row!  I also learned the names of every disease that you can get during a hospital stay.  For a while, they thought my mom had “C-diff” and everyone had to wear a gown, mask, and gloves.  Fortunately, that only lasted for a day until the test came back negative…or I would have suffocated wearing the mask!  I had a horrible sore throat the first couple of days but a quick trip to quick care ruled out anything serious or contagious, again sparing me from the mask.</p> <p>The main thing I noticed during that long period of time was that time stops as soon as you enter the hospital doors.  Sometimes I would be there for 4 hours and it would seem like 15 minutes…or the reverse!  Listening to the machines that my mom was hooked up to gurgle, buzz, and shriek was the only way to gauge the passing of time.  Eventually, the nurses would come and turn off the shrieking and say they didn’t know why the alarm went off.   Mostly you wait. You wait for the blood test to be taken because they can’t find a vein, you wait for the test results, you wait for the doctor to come and make another prognosis, and you wait to find out when your mom can leave.</p> <p>Meanwhile, your mom is enjoying all the attention and constant care.  Other than the blood-drawing, it was quite pleasant for her.  My mom loved the Care Channel on TV that has an infinite loop of nature scenes accompanied by soft music although she sometimes asked who was in bed with her due to the audio coming through her remote.   She was well-rested by the end of the 17 days while I was completely exhausted.</p> <p>Then, suddenly, all the waiting and prognoses aligned and my mom was dismissed to enter a nursing home, a four-month odyssey with a sad ending and a story for another time.</p> <p>My mom loved cats, dogs, small children, pizza, God, family, and nature programs.  If she were here on this Mother’s Day, would I be willing to repeat the 2013 odyssey?  In a heartbeat!  But, I would want to have a more extensive healthy choices menu.</p> <p>Happy Mother’s Day to all moms everywhere.  We’ll never forget you.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/05/10/mothers-day/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-05-10 13:46 +00:00 2017-05-10 06:46 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=425 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/evidence-based-practice-2/ Other Evidence-Based Practice When the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was founded 25 years ago, there were no standards for Evidence-Based Practice.  However, since its inception NFPN has supported evidence-based practice including one of the first child welfare programs demonstrating effectiveness through research: Intensive Family Preservation Services. What is the definition of Evidence-Based Practice? The gold standard comes &#8230; Thu, 20 Apr 2017 13:40:20 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/evidence-based-practice-2/#respond admin <p>When the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was founded 25 years ago, there were no standards for Evidence-Based Practice.  However, since its inception NFPN has supported evidence-based practice including one of the first child welfare programs demonstrating effectiveness through research: Intensive Family Preservation Services.</p> <p>What is the definition of Evidence-Based Practice? The gold standard comes from the field of medicine with the Institute of Medicine defining it as:</p> <ul> <li>Best Research Evidence</li> <li>Best Clinical Experience</li> <li>Consistent with Family/Client Values</li> </ul> <p>Today all fields, including social work, have adopted standards for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). More narrowly, the field of child welfare has a searchable registry of EBP available through the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare. The Clearinghouse uses a scientific rating scale of 1-5 to determine the level of research evidence and the following is a description of each level:</p> <ul> <li>Well-supported by research evidence: Two rigorous randomized controlled trials (RCT), with sustained effect for at least one year post-treatment, and published in peer-reviewed literature</li> <li>Supported by research evidence: One RCT, with sustained effect for at least six months post-treatment, and published in peer-reviewed literature</li> <li>Promising research evidence: One study using a control group and published in peer-reviewed literature</li> <li>Evidence fails to demonstrate effect: Two RCT studies have found the practice has not resulted in improved outcomes and published in peer-reviewed literature</li> <li>Concerning practice: Multiple outcome studies suggest the intervention has a negative effect and/or risk of harm</li> <li>Not able to be rated: Does not meet criteria for any other level and is generally accepted in clinical practice as appropriate and there is no known risk of harm</li> </ul> <p>All ratings also require a written description of the components of the practice protocol and how to administer it, and the program must be replicable. The list of descriptions have been abbreviated; to view the complete descriptions visit <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/ratings/scientific-rating-scale/">http://www.cebc4cw.org/ratings/scientific-rating-scale/</a></p> <p>The CEBC was launched in 2006 and has over 40 topic areas with over 300 programs plus a special section for measurement tools.  The complete list of topics is available here: <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/search/by-topic-area/">http://www.cebc4cw.org/search/by-topic-area/</a>.  Suppose that  you wish to find evidence-based programs for Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents.  Programs, beginning with the top level rating, are listed on one web page to allow a quick review: <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/topic/trauma-treatment-client-level-interventions-child-adolescent/">http://www.cebc4cw.org/topic/trauma-treatment-client-level-interventions-child-adolescent/</a>.  You can then select a specific program to obtain a detailed report.</p> <p>For a webinar overview of the CEBC, visit: <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/cebc-webinars/cebc-sponsored-webinars/looking-beyond-the-numbers/">http://www.cebc4cw.org/cebc-webinars/cebc-sponsored-webinars/looking-beyond-the-numbers/</a>.The CEBC is not an exhaustive resource and it is not recommended for use as the sole source of evidence-based practice.</p> <p>There are other evidence-based clearinghouses such as the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices with more than 350 mental health and substance use interventions.  Programs listed must have a random control trial or control/comparison group study published in peer-reviewed literature. Programs are not rated effective or ineffective but are rated on the quality of research. Evidence ratings are based on outcomes. An outcome rating instrument is used to review each program with four levels of outcome ratings: effective, promising, ineffective, and inconclusive.  For example, entering “trauma” into “Find an Intervention” lists all of the reviewed programs and a color-coded rating for each outcome that was tested.</p> <p>For more information on this registry visit <a href="http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/landing.aspx">http://www.nrepp.samhsa.gov/landing.aspx</a>.</p> <p>NFPN recommends checking EBP registries when EBPs are required by government contracts or when considering design and implementation of a new program.  If there is a program listed that could meet the need, it will save you a tremendous amount of time and resources.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/04/20/evidence-based-practice-2/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-04-20 13:40 +00:00 2017-04-20 06:40 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=422 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/q-and-a/ Other Q and A The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) receives inquiries on a regular basis. Here are some of the most frequent questions….and answers: How can my agency establish effective family preservation services? NFPN has conducted six research studies on Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) with all demonstrating its effectiveness. The studies included both placement prevention and reunification &#8230; Wed, 29 Mar 2017 13:51:46 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/q-and-a/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) receives inquiries on a regular basis. Here are some of the most frequent questions….and answers:</p> <p><strong>How can my agency establish effective family preservation services?</strong></p> <p>NFPN has conducted six research studies on Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) with all demonstrating its effectiveness. The studies included both placement prevention and reunification services.   NFPN has also conducted three nationwide surveys of IFPS in the past 10 years. The studies and surveys tell us that key characteristics of effective IFPS programs include 24/7 availability of staff, low caseloads (2-4), brief duration (4-6 weeks), intensive services (40 hours or more of face-to-face contact), high rate of keeping families together (90% or higher at case closure), and an annual program evaluation.</p> <p>A good starting place for developing an effective family preservation program is the IFPS ToolKit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit</a></p> <p>For examples of state RFPs, standards, and annual evaluation reports, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/state-resources">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/state-resources</a></p> <p>A fidelity/quality improvement tool, CQI-IFPS Instrument, is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument</a><u>  </u></p> <p><strong>How can I find a reliable and valid assessment tool to meet the requirements of my agency’s government-contracted services?</strong></p> <p>The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare has rated 20 measurement tools. You can view the list of tools and ratings here: <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/assessment-tools/measurement-tools-highlighted-on-the-cebc/">http://www.cebc4cw.org/assessment-tools/measurement-tools-highlighted-on-the-cebc/</a>.</p> <p>The Clearinghouse has given the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) an “A” rating. The NCFAS scales measure family functioning. NFPN has conducted 6 research projects involving the assessment tools, all of them confirming the reliability and validity of the tools. A summary of research studies on the tools is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfases-scale-development-report</a></p> <p>NFPN most recently released the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool (TWB). Designed for use with either the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tools, the TWB tool assists workers to identify symptoms and indicators of trauma and the extent of healing following services. Detailed information is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a></p> <p><strong>Is a web-based data entry system available for the assessment tools?</strong></p> <p>YES!   NFPN has worked with a developer, Integrated Imaging, to design a web database specifically for the NCFAS tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and TWB). The web database includes demographics, reasons for referral, case plan forms, print/save features, research-caliber reports, and technical assistance.</p> <p>Take a test drive by participating in a free <strong>web database demo</strong> scheduled for:</p> <p><strong>Wednesday, April 12, at 11:30 ET OR</strong></p> <p><strong>Thursday, April 20, at 4:00 ET</strong></p> <p><strong>Register by emailing Priscilla Martens, </strong><a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org"><strong>director@nfpn.org</strong></a></p> <p>For more details on the web database visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database</a></p> <p><strong>Are there any videos or printed materials to train agency staff on father involvement?</strong></p> <p>NFPN has two videos on father involvement. Each video is part of a training curriculum on father involvement that also includes a manual, training script, handouts, and other resources.</p> <p>Information on the <em>Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package </em>is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package</a> while information on the <em>Advanced Fatherhood Training Curriculum Package </em>is available here: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack</a></p> <p>Pricing begins at $150 per training package for up to 25 workers or $275 for both. To order contact Priscilla Martens, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a> Note: the fatherhood training is not designed for use with fatherhood groups.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/03/29/q-and-a/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-03-29 13:51 +00:00 2017-03-29 06:51 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=420 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/web-database-for-ncfas-tools/ Other Web Database for NCFAS Tools The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has always provided an electronic database system for the NCFAS assessment tools. The current electronic database was built on a Microsoft Access platform, runs on Windows only, and replicates the hard copy of the rating forms. It’s designed for installation on individual computers with aggregate data exported to Excel. &#8230; Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:59:21 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/web-database-for-ncfas-tools/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has always provided an electronic database system for the NCFAS assessment tools. The current electronic database was built on a Microsoft Access platform, runs on Windows only, and replicates the hard copy of the rating forms. It’s designed for installation on individual computers with aggregate data exported to Excel. It is included with purchase of a NCFAS tool/training package and is accessed through digital download. While customers may continue to use the Access database for as long as they wish, technical assistance is no longer available.</p> <p>NFPN is now offering a web database that is faster, more user-friendly, and has many more features than the current database. The web database developer, Integrated Imaging, worked with NFPN to design the database specifically for use with the NCFAS assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, Trauma/Post Trauma Well-Being). The database includes the following features to meet the needs of workers:</p> <ul> <li>Accessible through the internet</li> <li>Unique identifier in order to easily track families</li> <li>Demographics on caregivers and children (age, gender, race, ethnicity, living situation at case opening/closure, reasons for referral, etc.)</li> <li>Quick access to definitions to assist in completing ratings</li> <li>Indicators/graphs to inform workers of status of completion of ratings on assigned families</li> <li>Case plan form that guides the worker in developing goals and services</li> <li>Immediate access to reports on progress of any family or all families</li> <li>Ability to print/save data and reports or export to Excel</li> </ul> <p>The following features meet the needs of supervisors and administrators</p> <ul> <li>Unique family code to ensure confidentiality</li> <li>Ability to track each worker’s progress with families</li> <li>Requirement for 100% entry of opening/closing ratings (no missing ratings)</li> <li>Reporting features on completed cases that show the number and the percent of families at each domain, percent of families that are at baseline/above, percent of families with problem ratings (mild, moderate, serious)</li> <li>Immediate access to reports and status of completion of ratings on families</li> <li>Conversion of reports to graphs for visuals</li> <li>Customizable to meet additional needs of an agency</li> </ul> <p>The web database is available with past purchase or current purchase of the NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and Trauma tools. If your agency currently uses either the NCFAS or NCFAS-R tools, you can upgrade at a discounted price. The annual fee, paid to the vendor, will include technical assistance and other support for use. The activation fee will be waived this year so sign up early for the most savings!</p> <p><strong>Free demonstrations of the new database are scheduled for (choose one):</strong></p> <p><strong>Thurs, Feb 23, 11:00 a.m. ET                                                                               </strong></p> <p><strong>Wed, March 1, 4:00 p.m. ET</strong></p> <p>To register for the demonstration, and to obtain additional information and fees contact Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/web-database-for-ncfas-tools/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-02-07 19:59 +00:00 2017-02-07 11:59 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=418 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/two-new-resources/ Other Two New Resources The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!  Throughout the year we will be sharing tidbits from our history, plans for the present, and visions for the future.  For our first historical tidbit, did you know that NFPN was originally named the Intensive Family Preservation Services National Network, Inc.?  The &#8230; Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:32:27 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/two-new-resources/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is celebrating its 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary this year!  Throughout the year we will be sharing tidbits from our history, plans for the present, and visions for the future.  For our first historical tidbit, did you know that NFPN was originally named the Intensive Family Preservation Services National Network, Inc.?  The reason for that long name is that NFPN was founded to promote Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). For a more detailed description of how we have fulfilled that purpose, please visit the Preserving Families Blog at <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a>.</p> <p>NFPN customarily releases new resources at the beginning of every year.  <strong>To kick off 2017, NFPN is releasing the NCFAS-G+R Video Training in January and a new web database for the NCFAS tools in February.</strong></p> <p>The 90-minute NCFAS-G+R video includes the following:</p> <ul> <li>Presenter’s overview of the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool and how it works</li> <li>Participants’ discussion of ratings on the case example</li> <li>Completing the case plan form and FAQs</li> </ul> <p>The small group discussion is especially rich in terms of addressing issues that frequently arise during training such as:</p> <ul> <li>rating the family as a whole</li> <li>professional and personal values and assumptions that affect ratings</li> <li>historical vs. current issues in the family</li> <li>tool vs. diagnostic test</li> <li>definitions as guiding language</li> </ul> <p>In addition to the video content, the following supplemental materials are included in a zip file:</p> <ul> <li>NCFAS-G+R Video Guide Overview</li> <li>NCFAS-G+R Video PowerPoint</li> <li>NCFAS-G+R Scale and Definitions</li> <li>NCFAS-G+R Case Study</li> <li>NCFAS-G+R Case Plan Form</li> <li>NCFAS-G+R FAQs</li> </ul> <p>The video training was conducted with participants who had never before used any of the NCFAS tools.  These participants were learning to use the NCFAS-G+R while at the same time learning how to train others to use the tool.  Thus, the video training does not assume any familiarity with the tool.</p> <p>The video training is intended to replace most onsite training at a fraction of the cost and can be used multiple times.  For agencies that still desire onsite training on the NCFAS-G+R, the video training will be included in the fee.</p> <p>While those who train on the NCFAS-G+R will find the video training most useful, it is available to any licensed user of the NCFAS-G+R.  The price is $275 with download delivery.  For more information and to purchase, contact Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.</p> <p><strong>The NCFAS web database is coming in February!</strong>  The web database developer, Integrated Imaging, worked with NFPN to design the database specifically for use with the NCFAS assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, Trauma/Post Trauma Well-Being).  While preserving some features of the current Microsoft Access database, the new web database will be accessible from any internet device, will be user-friendly with quick and easy data entry, and will produce immediate reports for use by workers, supervisors, administrators, and evaluators.</p> <p>If you’re interested in purchasing the new web database, you may sign up in advance by contacting Priscilla Martens, Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.  You also save money by signing up early as activation fees are waived this year.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/two-new-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2017-01-25 14:32 +00:00 2017-01-25 06:32 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=415 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/highlights-of-2016/ Other Highlights of 2016 Here are some of the highlights of 2016 and a peek into 2017: Assessment Tools During 2016, 120 agencies purchased one or more assessment tools and training packages to train over 2,000 workers. In turn, these workers will use the tools with over 40,000 families.  Approximately one-third of agencies purchasing assessment tools were from countries &#8230; Mon, 19 Dec 2016 16:22:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/highlights-of-2016/#respond admin <p>Here are some of the highlights of 2016 and a <strong>peek</strong> into 2017:</p> <p><em><strong>Assessment Tools</strong></em></p> <p>During 2016, 120 agencies purchased one or more assessment tools and training packages to train over 2,000 workers. In turn, these workers will use the tools with over 40,000 families.  Approximately one-third of agencies purchasing assessment tools were from countries outside the U.S.</p> <p>There is still time this year to purchase an assessment tool or other resource from NFPN.  To get started visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a>.</p> <p><strong><em>Training and Technical Assistance</em></strong></p> <p>NFPN provided a series of three webinar trainings on family preservation and in-home services.  Four additional webinars/conference calls were provided on the assessment tools, and four onsite trainings were provided on the assessment tools.</p> <p>One of the training sites participated in the development of a video for training-of-trainers on the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool. <strong>The video and training package will be released in January.  </strong></p> <p><strong>NFPN worked with a developer on a web database for the assessment tools with release planned early next year.</strong></p> <p><strong><em>Research</em></strong><strong>                                                                                                     </strong>NFPN collaborated with other agencies to develop four research proposals this year.  One proposal, starting in January, involves school social workers using the NCFAS-G with students and their families in a large school district in Idaho.</p> <p><strong><em>Social Media</em></strong></p> <p>NFPN publishes two blogs, <em>Preserving Families</em> and <em>News Notes </em>with monthly posts.</p> <p><strong><em>Farewell to 2016</em></strong></p> <p>NFPN has enjoyed a busy, productive year. It’s a privilege to serve you as you serve families.</p> <p><strong>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!</strong></p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/highlights-of-2016/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-12-19 16:22 +00:00 2016-12-19 08:22 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=413 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/neglect/ Other Neglect When people think about child maltreatment, they often think of it in terms of physical and sexual abuse. In reality, these two categories constitute only a quarter of maltreatment while incidents of neglect make up three quarters of maltreatment. Despite being the overwhelming reason for child maltreatment, neglect has not received the attention and focus &#8230; Tue, 15 Nov 2016 14:28:11 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/neglect/#respond admin <p>When people think about child maltreatment, they often think of it in terms of physical and sexual abuse. In reality, these two categories constitute only a quarter of maltreatment while incidents of neglect make up three quarters of maltreatment. Despite being the overwhelming reason for child maltreatment, neglect has not received the attention and focus necessary for effective identification, prevention, and treatment.</p> <p>Let’s begin with identification. Federal law defines neglect as any recent act or failure to act on the part of the parent which results in harm to the child or an imminent risk of serious harm. State laws commonly define neglect as the failure of a parent/caretaker to provide basics such as food, clothing, medical care, and supervision to the degree that the child’s health, safety, and well-being are threatened with harm. Research shows that the consequences of neglect may be even more serious than the consequences of abuse. They include impaired brain development that can result in impaired intellectual and cognitive development, deficient emotional and psychological development, and problems with social and behavioral development.</p> <p>Here are three family factors that can impact neglect:</p> <ol> <li>Poverty: Families living in poverty are 40 times more likely to be referred to the child welfare system than higher-income families</li> <li>Parental substance abuse: this factor is more closely related to neglect than other forms of maltreatment due to the parent’s impaired reason, failure to keep the child safe, and not meeting the child’s basic needs.</li> <li>Domestic violence: the non-offending parent is sometimes charged with the neglect of “failure to protect” and thus is in need of safety and resources to meet the children’s needs</li> </ol> <p>This overview of neglect is summarized from a Child Welfare Information Gateway bulletin available here: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/focus/acts/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/focus/acts/</a></p> <p>A new book, <em>Tackling Child Neglect, </em>edited by my friend and colleague Ruth Gardner in London, England, greatly contributes to our understanding of neglect. The book contains a broad review of the literature, the most recent research, and best practice in addressing neglect. Especially compelling are the chapters on best practice that include a discussion of the following interventions:</p> <ul> <li>Triple P (Positive Parenting Program)</li> <li>Incredible Years</li> <li>Nurse-Family Partnership</li> <li>Family Connections</li> <li>Parents as Teachers</li> <li>SafeCare</li> <li>Video Interaction Guidance</li> </ul> <p>Family Connections, SafeCare, and Video Interaction Guidance explicitly focus on neglect. Families participating in a SafeCare program in England that was implemented through the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) were successful in reducing the need for legal intervention for neglect. Even families that did not complete the program had positive outcomes.</p> <p>Video Interaction Guidance engages parents in a change process through video showing the parent interacting well with the child. Then, the practitioner and parent discuss how to build on that interaction to create many more successful interactions with the child. Although initially reluctant to participate, parents quickly learn to appreciate the immediate feedback of the video and the motivation it provides to improve parenting skills.</p> <p>The book <em>Tackling Child Neglect </em>is available through Amazon.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/11/15/neglect/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-11-15 14:28 +00:00 2016-11-15 06:28 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=411 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/faith-based-social-services/ Other Faith-Based Social Services Americans donate about $120 billion a year to religious organizations which reflects one-third of all charitable contributions.  Faith-based organizations, including churches, provide numerous social services. In A History of Charity and the Church presented by Nicholas Placido at the North American Christians in Social Work 2015 convention, we learn that almost all modern social services &#8230; Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:44:42 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/faith-based-social-services/#respond admin <p>Americans donate about $120 billion a year to religious organizations which reflects one-third of all charitable contributions.  Faith-based organizations, including churches, provide numerous social services.</p> <p>In <em>A History of Charity and the Church </em>presented by Nicholas Placido at the North American Christians in Social Work 2015 convention, we learn that almost all modern social services can be traced back to religious organizations.  Religious organizations in American established orphanages, the Salvation Army, YMCA, YWCA, and Volunteers of America. To read the full paper visit <a href="http://www.nacsw.org/Convention/PlacidoNAHistoryFINAL.pdf">http://www.nacsw.org/Convention/PlacidoNAHistoryFINAL.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Two of the largest faith-based organizations currently providing social services are:</p> <ul> <li>Lutheran Social Services in America composed of 300 Lutheran nonprofit organizations serving 6 million people annually (1 in 50 Americans)</li> <li>Catholic Charities USA, the national office for over 160 local agencies, serving 9 million people annually</li> </ul> <p>The United States Senate Caucus on Foster Youth held a briefing on September 28 that featured faith-based organizations.  Jason Weber, National Director of Foster Care Initiatives for the Christian Alliance for Orphans, presented on Family Preservation, Support, and Reunification.  Communities of faith are uniquely positioned for preservation and reunification because of</p> <ul> <li>A existing worldview that celebrates redemption and reconciliation</li> <li>An existing supportive community and</li> <li>An existing set of uniquely suited programs and structures including <ul> <li style="text-align:left;">Recovery</li> <li style="text-align:left;">Marriage</li> <li style="text-align:left;">Parenting</li> <li style="text-align:left;">Mentoring</li> <li style="text-align:left;">Personal finance</li> <li style="text-align:left;">Benevolence</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>Let’s take a closer look at two of the “uniquely suited programs” that faith-based organizations provide.  Safe Families for Children was founded in 2003 in Chicago to help families in crisis by providing host families for short-term care of children.  Host families provide this care at no cost.  This service also prevents children from  entering state-funded foster care.  Now located in 70 cities, the program has over 4,600 host families that have provided care for over 24,000 children.   To see how the program works in action, watch the four-minute video here: <a href="https://vimeo.com/184369988">https://vimeo.com/184369988</a></p> <p>For more information on Safe Families for Children, visit <a href="http://safe-families.org/">http://safe-families.org/</a></p> <p>Another program, the CarePortal, matches needs of children in the child welfare system with the resources of local churches.  A child welfare caseworker emails the need to the network of churches.  If a church can meet the need, it responds and then provides the resource.  Some of the needs that churches meet are providing beds, bus passes, groceries, assistance with rent and utilities, and school clothing.</p> <p>A foster mom found herself on the side of the road with a blown car engine and two foster children missing needed appointments.  She had been saving money for a car but did not have a sufficient amount to rent a car.   She had to walk the toddler to day care in the mornings before walking to work.  When a church was informed of the need, they provided a car at no cost to the foster mom.  Over 875 churches are helping 5,000 children this year.  For more information visit <a href="https://careportal.org/">https://careportal.org/</a>.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens</p> <p>NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/10/25/faith-based-social-services/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-10-25 13:44 +00:00 2016-10-25 06:44 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=409 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/opiates/ Other Opiates In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance earlier this year, Dr. Nancy K. Young, the Director of Children and Family Futures, paints a grim portrait of opiate use. Over a seven-year period of time, heroin dependency has doubled and overdose rates have nearly tripled. Over 10 million people report non-medical use of prescription &#8230; Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:33:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/opiates/#respond admin <p>In testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance earlier this year, Dr. Nancy K. Young, the Director of Children and Family Futures, paints a grim portrait of opiate use.</p> <ul> <li>Over a seven-year period of time, heroin dependency has doubled and overdose rates have nearly tripled.</li> <li>Over 10 million people report non-medical use of prescription painkillers.</li> <li>About half of infants born with exposure to opioids (NAS) during the mother’s pregnancy will experience withdrawal.</li> <li>Children placed in out-of-home care due to parental substance abuse is fast becoming the main reason for removal, with infants making up the largest share.</li> </ul> <p>What can be done to help families affected by opiate use?  The federal government has funded two grant programs that include evaluation.  Regional Partnerships  have been funded since 2006 with a total of 82 grants (including extensions).  Here are the key outcomes:</p> <ul> <li>With services, most children were able to remain safely at home.</li> <li>83% of children in out-of-home placement were reunified with their family.</li> <li>Only 4% of children had substantiated mistreatment within 6 months of returning home.</li> </ul> <p>One of the Regional Partnership programs uses a model of Intensive Family Preservation Services to help families of NAS infants, with the following outcomes:</p> <ul> <li>Mean scores on family functioning as measured by the NCFAS assessment tools showed improvement in all 10 domains.</li> <li>91% of children have remained in their homes following services.</li> <li>91% of families have had no additional substantiated maltreatment.</li> </ul> <p>The federal government has also funded meth grants which have been used to support 12 drug courts (about 350 drug courts nationwide serve 19,000 families annually).  Here are the outcomes from the 12 meth drug courts:</p> <ul> <li>90% of children were able to remain in their own home.</li> <li>Keeping children safely at home saved over $34,000 per child in placement costs at one site.</li> <li>68% of children in out-of-home placement were reunified within 12 months.</li> <li>Under 6% of children re-entered foster care.</li> </ul> <p>To read the complete testimony, visit: <a href="http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/23feb2016Young.pdf">http://www.finance.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/23feb2016Young.pdf</a></p> <p>The federal government has just issued a publication, “A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders,” that provides guidance to child welfare professionals and service providers as they work to address this population&#8217;s unique needs.  The report recommends building a collaborative team with a comprehensive framework for intervention.</p> <p>To view the report, visit: <a href="https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/opioid-use-disorders-and-medication-assisted-treatment/default.aspx">https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/resources/opioid-use-disorders-and-medication-assisted-treatment/default.aspx</a></p> <p>New federal legislation (H.R. 5456) would fund substance abuse prevention and treatment services to keep families together.  The Family First Prevention Services Act is supported by over 400 organizations, including NFPN, and was passed by the House of Representatives in June.  It is awaiting action in the Senate.</p> <p>To view the legislation, visit: <a href="https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5456/text">https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/house-bill/5456/text</a>.</p> <p>For a summary of the legislation, visit: <a href="http://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Family-First-Prevention-Services-Act-Summary-061016.pdf">http://waysandmeans.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Family-First-Prevention-Services-Act-Summary-061016.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/09/13/opiates/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-09-13 13:33 +00:00 2016-09-13 06:33 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=407 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/father-involvement/ Other Father Involvement The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) would like to introduce you to some organizations and programs that are doing excellent work in the area of father involvement. The Birth Parent National Network was initially funded by Casey Family Programs.  It is part of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.  The Network champions &#8230; Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:23:38 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/father-involvement/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) would like to introduce you to some organizations and programs that are doing excellent work in the area of father involvement.</p> <p><strong>The Birth Parent National Network</strong> was initially funded by Casey Family Programs.  It is part of the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds.  The Network champions parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform.  Programs help fathers navigate the child welfare system, work cooperatively with mothers for the well-being of children, and provide input for child welfare case staffings.</p> <p>For more information on the Birth Parent National Network visit: <a href="http://bpnn.ctfalliance.org/">http://bpnn.ctfalliance.org/</a></p> <p>The mission of the <strong>Native American Fatherhood and Families Association</strong> (NAFFA) is to strengthen families by responsibly involving fathers in the lives of their children, families and communities, and partnering with mothers to provide happy and safe families. The programs emphasize linking generations through relationships, addressing family violence/abuse, and teaching that fatherhood and motherhood are sacred.  NAFFA is one of the most effective organizations that you’ve likely never heard of:  the organization has served 185 tribes without ever receiving a federal grant.</p> <p>For more information on the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association visit: <a href="http://nativeamericanfathers.org/">http://nativeamericanfathers.org/</a></p> <p>Over 9,000 fathers have participated in <strong>Project Fatherhood, </strong>this year celebrating 20 years of operation in Los Angeles.  Program components include support groups for men, job club, children’s groups, and significant others groups.  The programs address stress, separation and loss, child abuse and neglect, poor self-esteem, and generational issues to help fathers become better parents so that their children can grow up to become healthy adults.</p> <p>For more information on Project Fatherhood visit: <a href="http://www.projectfatherhood.org/">http://www.projectfatherhood.org/</a></p> <p><strong>Fathers for Change</strong> is an intervention program for fathers involved in substance abuse and domestic violence.  About half of domestic violence incidents also include substance abuse and child abuse.  Domestic violence in the home is the strongest risk factor for next generation violence.  However, two-thirds of mothers say that their child is attached to the perpetrator father and regularly see their father at six months following an incident.  There are few effective treatment programs for domestic violence.</p> <p>The goals of Fathers for Change are:<br /> 1) Cessation of violence and aggression</p> <p>2) Abstinence from substances</p> <p>3) Improved co-parenting</p> <p>4) Decreased negative parenting behaviors</p> <p>5) Increased positive parenting behaviors</p> <p>Fathers for Change is currently offered in Florida and Connecticut and initial studies have showed positive results in reduction of fathers’ anger and aggression. With additional studies, Fathers for Change is positioned to become an Evidence-Based Practice that includes a manual and training curricula.</p> <p>For more information on Fathers for Change visit: <a href="http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/newsEvents/mhlpnewsitem.cfm?item=316">http://mhlp.fmhi.usf.edu/newsEvents/mhlpnewsitem.cfm?item=316</a></p> <p>To read NFPN’s report on <em>Integrating and Sustaining Father Involvement</em> visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/sustaining-father-inv">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/sustaining-father-inv</a></p> <p>For training curricula and resources on father involvement visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=48:basic-fatherhood-training-curriculum&amp;catid=24&amp;Itemid=124">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=48:basic-fatherhood-training-curriculum&amp;catid=24&amp;Itemid=124</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Posted by Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/08/24/father-involvement/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-08-24 13:23 +00:00 2016-08-24 06:23 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=404 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/helping-our-communities/ Other Helping Our Communities During the summertime when work nationwide slows down a bit, I can give more attention to my local community.  This summer the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) convened a meeting of leaders in the community to discuss critical needs and how we could work together to address them. I live in a rural community in &#8230; Wed, 13 Jul 2016 15:42:09 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/helping-our-communities/#respond admin <p>During the summertime when work nationwide slows down a bit, I can give more attention to my local community.  This summer the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) convened a meeting of leaders in the community to discuss critical needs and how we could work together to address them.</p> <p>I live in a rural community in Idaho with about 4,000 people.  Here are some of the issues in this community as reflected in statistics from the entire state of Idaho:</p> <ul> <li>Idaho has the 9<sup>th</sup> highest suicide rate in the nation</li> <li>Idaho ranks 4<sup>th</sup> nationwide for the non-medical use of prescription opioid painkillers</li> <li>Idaho ranks 3<sup>rd</sup> for criminal child pornography offenses</li> <li>Traffic accidents/injuries/deaths in this community frequently involve not stopping at stop signs and not wearing seat belts</li> </ul> <p>Those are harsh statistics and hard issues to address. Here are some positive statistics about the community and state:</p> <ul> <li>Idaho is the third most charitable state in the nation in terms of volunteerism and donating money</li> <li>Idaho rates first in the nation in child welfare systems (Right for Kids Ranking)</li> <li>Idaho has the 9<sup>th</sup> highest employment rate in the nation</li> </ul> <p>What do the statistics tell us about this community and state?  We’re generous, work hard, and take care of our families.  But we’re also stubborn and independent and don’t ask for help when we really need it!  How do we address these issues?</p> <p>The community leaders decided to begin by identifying the resources that we already have.  For example, we have three free resources for people with addictions but the resources are mostly invisible.  We need to make sure that they’re visible!  We can do that by widely disseminating information about resources.  We are also looking at raising money to fund a position to connect people needing help to the resources.</p> <p>The faith-based community is stepping up to provide resources.  Last year NFPN and local churches sponsored a Celebrate Families Day, providing free food, fun activities, and educational materials to children and parents.  We also sought donations for the local elementary school and everyone pitched in to fill a bus with backpacks and school supplies.</p> <p>This year we want to emphasize safety when students return to school.  We will do a kick-off in the fall that includes slogans such as Stop…in the name of love!</p> <p>My long-term vision for this community is to have a multi-purpose family center that includes activities for families, connection to services, counseling for individuals and the family as a whole, support groups, educational resources, etc.  Families are important and need a place to call their own!</p> <p>So, this summer, take a look at your community’s needs and see how you, your organization, other helping organizations, churches, etc. can join together to help meet the needs.  It will benefit both your community…and you!</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/helping-our-communities/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-07-13 15:42 +00:00 2016-07-13 08:42 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=402 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/building-resilience/ Other Building Resilience Last month the NFPN News Notes Blog featured the remarkable story of Terry Morris and how his resilience took him from a horribly abusive childhood to becoming a rocket engineer at NASA.  This month we look at how to build resilience. On the Harvard Business Review blog, John McKinley writes that when it comes to identifying leaders who &#8230; Tue, 21 Jun 2016 13:48:53 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/building-resilience/#respond admin <p>Last month the <em>NFPN News Notes Blog</em> featured the remarkable story of Terry Morris and how his resilience took him from a horribly abusive childhood to becoming a rocket engineer at NASA.  This month we look at how to build resilience.</p> <p>On the <em>Harvard Business Review</em> blog, John McKinley writes that when it comes to identifying leaders who can effect lasting social change, what matters most is resilience. According to McKinley, the three key characteristics of resilient leaders are:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Grit</strong>: Short-term focus on tasks at hand, a willingness to slog through broken systems with limited resources, and pragmatic problem-solving skills.</li> <li><strong>Courage</strong>: Action in the face of fear and embracing the unknown.</li> <li><strong>Commitment</strong>: Long-term optimism and focus on big-picture goals.</li> </ol> <p>To view the entire article, visit: <a href="https://hbr.org/2013/02/want-to-change-the-world-be-resilient">https://hbr.org/2013/02/want-to-change-the-world-be-resilient</a></p> <p>John McKinley says that &#8220;resilience can be trained.&#8221;  How might we go about training for resilience in our lives?</p> <p>The American Psychological Association lists 10 ways to build resilience and here are four of them:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Make connections.</strong> Good relationships with close family members, friends or others are important. Accepting help and support from those who care about you and will listen to you strengthens resilience.</li> <li><strong>Avoid seeing crises as insurmountable problems.</strong> You can&#8217;t change the fact that highly stressful events happen, but you can change how you interpret and respond to these events.</li> <li><strong>Accept that change is a part of living.</strong> Accepting circumstances that cannot be changed can help you focus on circumstances that you can alter.</li> <li><strong>Move toward your goals.</strong> Instead of focusing on tasks that seem unachievable, ask yourself, &#8220;What&#8217;s one thing I know I can accomplish today that helps me move in the direction I want to go?&#8221;</li> </ul> <p>To view the entire list, visit: <a href="http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx">http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/road-resilience.aspx</a></p> <p>With resilience in our own lives, we are then in a position to help others build resilience. Kelly Wilson, a clinician with expertise in trauma treatment, says that to foster resilience in children, the primary factor is having caring and supporting relationships. There must be an environment of love, trust, and acceptance, and role models who offer encouragement and assistance.</p> <p>Factors that foster resilience in trauma-exposed children include:</p> <ul> <li>Able to ask adults for help</li> <li>Stable, nurturing parent or caretaker and extended family</li> <li>Supportive, positive school experiences</li> <li>Consistent family environment (structured routine, family traditions, etc.)</li> <li>Strong cultural connections and cultural identity</li> </ul> <p>To view Kelly’s PowerPoint (with excellent illustrations) on building resiliency so that children can thrive, visit <a href="http://helpkidsthrive.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Building-Resiliency-Thrive.pdf">http://helpkidsthrive.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/Building-Resiliency-Thrive.pdf</a></p> <p>One measure of resiliency is the positive change experienced as a result of the struggle with a traumatic event.  The Post-traumatic Growth Research Group lists five factors of posttraumatic growth:</p> <ul> <li>Relating to others</li> <li>New possibilities</li> <li>Personal strength</li> <li>Spiritual change</li> <li>Appreciation for life</li> </ul> <p>A Posttraumatic Growth Inventory reflects these changes and is available here: <a href="http://www.emdrhap.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/VIII-B_Post-Traumatic-Growth-Inventory.pdf">http://www.emdrhap.org/content/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/VIII-B_Post-Traumatic-Growth-Inventory.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>Finally, check out the <em>Preserving Families Blog </em>that provides information on ground-breaking legislation for prevention services: <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a></strong></p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/building-resilience/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-06-21 13:48 +00:00 2016-06-21 06:48 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=398 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/resilience/ Other Resilience The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently participated in a mental health summit in Jackson, MS. The theme was resilience and I have never seen a better match between theme and keynote speaker. Terry Morris was born in Chicago.  When Terry was 4 years old, his father deserted the family.  Terry was the spitting image &#8230; Thu, 19 May 2016 13:39:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/resilience/#respond pmartens <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) recently participated in a mental health summit in Jackson, MS. The theme was resilience and I have never seen a better match between theme and keynote speaker.</p> <p>Terry Morris was born in Chicago.  When Terry was 4 years old, his father deserted the family.  Terry was the spitting image of his father and Terry’s mother immediately began to blame her young son for all of her problems.  She beat Terry, calling him by his father’s name while doing so, often withheld food, and once pushed him off a three-story building.  If Terry brought home a B grade in school, his mother would force him to sleep outside in the cold for weeks at a time.  She did not treat Terry’s four siblings in the same way&#8212;Terry was the scapegoat for anything bad that happened in the family.</p> <p>As Terry began his teenage years, his mother decided to get rid of the cause of all her problems.  She drove Terry to Tupelo, MS, and dropped him off.  Terry lived in abandoned cars and foraged for food until he was finally discovered and placed in a boys’ home.</p> <p>Terry then began to attend school regularly.  He was given an IQ test which included recall of numbers.  Terry could recall a sequence of 54 numbers.  While he was still in high school, NASA called him.  He was placed in a special academy, graduated from college, and has worked as a rocket engineer at NASA for 30 years.  Terry is also a national speaker with numerous speaking engagements including the White House, Pentagon, FBI, CIA, National Institutes of Health, and many other venues.</p> <p>Throughout his childhood, Terry always believed that a better life awaited him. Here is what Terry shared about how he achieved resilience:</p> <ul> <li>Forgive: let go of past hurts</li> <li>Guard your heart from negative influence: don’t carry heavy baggage</li> <li>Let go of things that you cannot control</li> <li>There is a difference between striving and thriving</li> <li>Resilience is a mindset</li> </ul> <p>Terry credits God and the kindness of counselors with helping him obtain the better life that he so earnestly desired.  He is a humble man, quick to express gratitude to the people, programs, and the state that gave him a new life.  If you hear him speak, you will come away with a profound understanding of resilience and a different view of Mississippi!</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>FREE RESOURCE!</strong></p> <p>The <em>Journal of Public Child Welfare </em>has produced a special issue on in-home services.  The issue has 7 articles and is available free until June 30 at this link: <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpcw20/9/5">http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/wpcw20/9/5</a>.    Two of the articles report on research findings on the NCFAS tools, including the initial field study of the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being tool (see the articles by Kirk and Olsen, et. al.).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/resilience/feed/ 0 pmartens1 2016-05-19 13:39 +00:00 2016-05-19 06:39 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=394 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/fast-facts-about-nfpn/ Other Fast Facts about NFPN The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was established in 1992.  Here are some fast facts about NFPN and where to find resources: The mission of NFPN is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families. Our mission is achieved through initiatives in the areas of family preservation, reunification, father-involvement, and, more &#8230; Wed, 20 Apr 2016 15:30:24 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/fast-facts-about-nfpn/#respond pmartens <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was established in 1992.  Here are some fast facts about NFPN and where to find resources:</p> <ul> <li>The mission of NFPN is to serve as the primary national voice for the preservation of families. Our mission is achieved through initiatives in the areas of family preservation, reunification, father-involvement, and, more recently, prevention and in-home services.</li> </ul> <p>For a detailed overview of NFPN and printable brochure, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn">http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>NFPN has offered family functioning assessment tools/training packages since 2002. For the past 10 years, sales of the NCFAS tools/training packages have been the primary source of revenue for NFPN.</li> </ul> <p>To view a list of all assessment tools, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>In 2015 there were 180 inquiries on NCFAS assessment tools through the website’s automated price quote form.</li> </ul> <p>To receive an automated price quote on any of the assessment tools, complete the form at <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/assessment-tool-price-quote">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/assessment-tool-price-quote</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>NFPN has conducted 9 research studies in the past 15 years, developed a dozen training curricula and supporting resources, conducted 3 nationwide surveys of IFPS, and is providing online courses on family preservation/in-home services.</li> </ul> <p>To view the most recent research report, the successful field test of the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being tool, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/trauma-report">http://www.nfpn.org/articles/trauma-report</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>NFPN’s website has averaged 13,500 visits annually  the past 5 years. NFPN offers over 60 resources on its website.</li> </ul> <p>For a birds-eye view of the resources on NFPN’s website, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/nfpn-site-map">http://www.nfpn.org/nfpn-site-map</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Since 2010 NFPN has provided fee-based training/technical assistance (T/TA) on assessment tools, IFPS, in-home services, and father-involvement.</li> </ul> <p>To arrange for T/TA contact <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>International sales have increased over the years, and there are now customers in 20 countries. One-third of assessment tool sales in 2015 were from international customers. The translation of the assessment tools/training packages into Spanish by a Chilean professor has resulted in numerous sales in Chile and some sales in other Spanish-speaking countries.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For information on the Spanish version assessment tools, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products/spanish-training">http://www.nfpn.org/products/spanish-training</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>NFPN publishes a Preserving Families Blog and a News Notes blog.</li> </ul> <p>Links to both blogs are on the website at <a href="http://www.nfpn.org">www.nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We’re here to serve&#8212;let us know how we can help meet your needs!</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/04/20/fast-facts-about-nfpn/feed/ 0 pmartens1 2016-04-20 15:30 +00:00 2016-04-20 08:30 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=391 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/resources-for-parents/ Other Resources for Parents The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) regularly hears from frantic parents who are facing termination of parental rights.  Generally, there is nothing that can be offered except a listening ear. What can we do to help parents earlier in the process before they face termination of their rights?  Let’s look at some resources that parents &#8230; Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:44:36 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/resources-for-parents/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) regularly hears from frantic parents who are facing termination of parental rights.  Generally, there is nothing that can be offered except a listening ear.</p> <p>What can we do to help parents earlier in the process before they face termination of their rights?  Let’s look at some resources that parents and those who help parents may find helpful.</p> <p>Many states have an ombudsman’s office that investigates complaints from families receiving child protective, foster care, adoption, and juvenile justice services.  You can access a list of the child welfare state complaint/ombudsman offices here:</p> <p><a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/?CWIGFunctionsaction=rols:main.dspROL&amp;rolType=Custom&amp;RS_ID=%2031">https://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/?CWIGFunctionsaction=rols:main.dspROL&amp;rolType=Custom&amp;RS_ID=%2031</a></p> <p>Parents Anonymous sponsors the National Parent Helpline with this description:</p> <p>The National Parent Helpline® is here for you and is open to parents and caregivers of children and youth of all ages.</p> <p>1-855- 4A PARENT (1-855-427-2736)<br /> HOURS OF OPERATION:<br /> Monday through Friday<br /> 10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST</p> <p>A trained National Parent Helpline® Advocate is ready to:</p> <ul> <li>listen to you</li> <li>offer emotional support</li> <li>help you problem-solve</li> <li>support you in creating your own solutions</li> <li>encourage you to take care of yourself</li> <li>work with you to get connected to local services</li> <li>explore new resources for your family</li> <li>help you build on your own strengths and continue to be a great parent!</li> <li>visit the Helpline website at: <a href="http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/">http://www.nationalparenthelpline.org/</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For parents whose children are in foster care with the goal of reunification, a half-dozen resources are available here: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/parents/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/fostercaremonth/resources/parents/</a></p> <p>A new resource, the Birth Parent National Network, is working to promote and champion birth parents as leaders and strategic partners in prevention and child welfare systems reform.  You can find more information here:  <a href="http://bpnn.ctfalliance.org/">http://bpnn.ctfalliance.org/</a></p> <p>The Child Welfare Information Gateway has numerous resources for parents and those helping parents including tips for parents, understanding developmental stages, child safety, nutrition, finding help, etc.   Here’s the place to start:  <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/promoting/parenting/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/preventing/promoting/parenting/</a></p> <p>Finally, there is a magazine and a book that will be of interest to both parents and their advocates.  <em>Rise </em>magazine gives voice to parents. For 10 years Rise has worked with parents to write and share their stories in order to deepen understanding of fragile families, provide information, healing and encouragement to parents, and guide child welfare professionals in becoming more responsive to the families and communities they serve.  Visit the website: <a href="http://www.risemagazine.org/rise-magazine/">http://www.risemagazine.org/rise-magazine/</a></p> <p>David Tobis, a prior board member of the National Family Preservation Network, has published a book, <em>From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and their Allies Changed New York City’s Child Welfare System. </em>New York City had one of the worst child welfare systems in the United States: 50,000 children were in foster care; they and their families were often neglected or abused by the system; parents had no voice; and the services designed to protect children were more often harming, rather than helping, them.  <em>From Pariahs to Partners</em> tells for the first time the inspiring story of the parents and their allies&#8211;child welfare commissioners, social workers, lawyers, and foundation officers&#8211;who joined together to change the system.  You can order the book here:</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Pariahs-Partners-Parents-Changed-Welfare/dp/0195099885/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1458741556&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=from+pariahs+to+partners">http://www.amazon.com/Pariahs-Partners-Parents-Changed-Welfare/dp/0195099885/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1458741556&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=from+pariahs+to+partners</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/03/29/resources-for-parents/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-03-29 13:44 +00:00 2016-03-29 06:44 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=388 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/predicting-risk/ Other Predicting Risk Predictive analytics is a current hot topic.  In simplest terms, it’s a method for predicting the future based on past data.  Predictive analytics is used in insurance, banking, marketing, telecommunications, travel, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and, increasingly, social services as large amounts of data are becoming more available. The most challenging use of predictive analytics is predicting &#8230; Wed, 24 Feb 2016 15:37:27 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/predicting-risk/#respond admin <p>Predictive analytics is a current hot topic.  In simplest terms, it’s a method for predicting the future based on past data.  Predictive analytics is used in insurance, banking, marketing, telecommunications, travel, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, and, increasingly, social services as large amounts of data are becoming more available.</p> <p>The most challenging use of predictive analytics is predicting risk of child abuse and neglect.</p> <p>Over 1500 children die each year from child abuse and neglect.   About 70% are children under the age of 3 with almost three-quarters of the deaths resulting from neglect.  Identified risk factors include substance abuse by parents and prior contact with child welfare system. More details are available in the report <em>Child Maltreatment 2014.  </em>The report also includes a helpful chart showing the disposition of the 3.6 million annual referrals for child abuse and neglect.</p> <p>U.S. Department of Health &amp; Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau. (2016). <em>Child maltreatment 2014</em>. Available from <a href="http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment">http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/research-data-technology/statistics-research/child-maltreatment</a></p> <p>The <em>Chronicle of Social Change </em>is a top source of information on predictive analytics in the child welfare system.  The <em>Chronicle </em>has reported on the following tools that are used to predict risk with child abuse and neglect cases:</p> <p>In Florida, Eckerd’s Rapid Safety Feedback (ERSF) tool was developed as a result of child deaths in open child welfare cases.  Cases often involved small children and substance abuse. Analytics now identify a high risk case which is reviewed by a person not assigned to the case.  Critical protective factors include information sharing across systems, supervisory reviews, safety plans, and quality of contacts with families.  There have been no child deaths since implementation three years ago while there were 9 deaths in the three years before.  Use of the tool is being expanded to 5 other states.</p> <p>Los Angeles County has the largest child welfare system in the world with 220,000 complaints annually.  The county contracted with SAS to develop risk modeling. Dubbed AURA, or Approach to Understanding Risk Assessment, the model tracked child deaths, near fatalities, and “critical incidents” in 2011 and 2012.  Risk scores were assigned from 1-1,000.  AURA could identify child deaths and near child deaths that had occurred but also identified false positives in which there were no subsequent critical events.  Use of the model has become very controversial.  In addition to false positives, opponents also base objections on concerns of profiling and disproportionality.</p> <p>Allegheny County, PA, has one of the most effective child welfare systems in the nation (see <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/monograph-an-effective-child-welfare-system">http://www.nfpn.org/articles/monograph-an-effective-child-welfare-system</a>) and is also one of the most advanced in terms of predictive analytics.  The county integrates data from other systems along with the child welfare system   based on a tool developed in New Zealand.  The findings are not the sole determinant of risk but one of the tools used by social workers in decision-making.</p> <p>For more information on the development and use of predictive analytics in the child welfare system, see a sampling of articles at: <a href="https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/?s=predictive+analytics">https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/?s=predictive+analytics</a>.</p> <p>Over on the <em>Preserving Families Blog</em> the conversation is about safety.  Visit: <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p><strong>NFPN’s online courses for in-home services will include training on risk and safety.  The three courses are scheduled for March 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. The cost is $50 per course or all three courses for $100. You can register by contacting NFPN’s Executive Director, Priscilla Martens, director@nfpn.org. One prerequisite is current use (or purchase) of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tool. Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion.</strong><strong>  </strong></p> <p>Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/02/24/predicting-risk/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-02-24 15:37 +00:00 2016-02-24 07:37 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=386 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/new-year-new-resources/ Other New Year–New Resources The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is kicking off the new year with some new resources in addition to our ongoing resources: NFPN has a new blog, Preserving Families.  The content will differ from the NFPN News Notes so readers are encouraged to follow both blogs.  You can access the blogs from the home page &#8230; Wed, 20 Jan 2016 14:46:08 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/new-year-new-resources/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is kicking off the new year with some new resources in addition to our ongoing resources:</p> <p><strong>NFPN has a new blog, <em>Preserving Families.</em></strong><em>  </em>The content will differ from the <em>NFPN News Notes </em>so readers are encouraged to follow both blogs.  You can access the blogs from the home page of the website, <a href="http://www.nfpn.org">www.nfpn.org</a>. Use this link to directly access <em>Preserving Families Blog: </em> <a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a></p> <p>The new blog will cover all in-home services, including preventive services, as well as services to avert out-of-home placement and to reunify families following placement.</p> <p><em>Preserving Families</em> begins the year with a focus on practitioner training.  NFPN is offering online courses on family preservation and in-home services. The trainer, Sheila Searfoss, has a wealth of knowledge and experience providing training in the state of Missouri on Intensive Family Preservation Services and in-home services.</p> <p>A series of three courses will be offered with the first set scheduled for March 10, 17, and 24 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time.  The cost will be $50 per course or you can take all three courses for $100.  Register by contacting NFPN’s Executive Director, Priscilla Martens, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>.  For a description of courses, visit the <em>Preserving Families Blog, </em><a href="https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/">https://preservingfamiliesblog.wordpress.com/</a>.</p> <p><strong>NFPN has published a new fatherhood report</strong>, <em>Integrating and Sustaining Father Involvement. </em>This is NFPN’s 7<sup>th</sup> publication on father involvement.  It summarizes 15 years of observations and review of research findings, and culminates in the urgent call to integrate and sustain father involvement in programs, policies, and practice.  NFPN is seeking agencies that would like to partner with us to develop a model for integrating and sustaining father involvement in best practice.  To read the report, visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/sustaining-father-inv">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/sustaining-father-inv</a>.   If you’re interested in partnering with NFPN on this issue, contact <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p>To view <em>all </em>of NFPN’s father involvement resources visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement</a>.</p> <p><strong>NFPN continues to offer top-ranked assessment tools</strong> that measure family functioning.  The NCFAS family of tools are in use by over 1,000 agencies in 20 countries.  Last year one-third of the agencies purchasing the tools were from outside the U.S. The most recent version of the tool, Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being was released in 2015, and a research report on the findings has been published in the <em>Journal of Public Child Welfare.  </em>To obtain information on all of the assessment tools visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a>.</p> <p><strong>Training and Technical Assistance are available </strong>on all of NFPN’s products.  NFPN is moving to online training to expand our reach and to meet the demands of agencies for a quick response to training needs.  Please let us know if we can be of assistance for training and technical assistance.</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2016/01/20/new-year-new-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2016-01-20 14:46 +00:00 2016-01-20 06:46 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=382 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/highlights-of-2015/ Other Highlights of 2015 &#160; The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) accomplished the following during the past year: Released a new assessment tool, Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being, to assist workers to identify symptoms and indicators of trauma and to determine the level of recovery and healing following services. In the field test, trauma was identified in 80% of the &#8230; Wed, 16 Dec 2015 14:27:07 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/highlights-of-2015/#respond admin <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) accomplished the following during the past year:</p> <ul> <li>Released a new assessment tool, Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being, to assist workers to identify symptoms and indicators of trauma and to determine the level of recovery and healing following services. In the field test, trauma was identified in 80% of the families referred through the child welfare system.  Parents had more trauma symptoms and indicators than children.  Both parents and children showed significant improvement following services.</li> </ul> <p>For more information about the tool and to read the field test report, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Released a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) instrument for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). The CQI instrument allows states and contracted providers, through the case review process, to determine if they are meeting best practice standards for IFPS, including safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families.  The instrument is low-priced and includes supporting materials.  For more information, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument</a>.</li> <li>Sent the assessment tools to schools. NFPN worked with a number of school programs to introduce or expand use of the NCFAS assessment tools.  The state of Alabama will use the NCFAS-G statewide in their Helping Families Initiative to address student truancy and behavior problems. For more information on this program, visit: <a href="http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/progress/2014/10/25/helping-families-celebrates-years-schools/17912589/">http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.com/story/news/local/progress/2014/10/25/helping-families-celebrates-years-schools/17912589/</a>.</li> <li>Began development of online courses for in-home services. NFPN has received many requests for low-cost training on family preservation and in-home services.  We will begin offering courses online early next year.  Stay tuned!</li> </ul> <p>There is still time to make end-of-year purchases of any of NFPN’s products. For a complete list and description, visit: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx">http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx</a>.</p> <p>Last, but most important, thank you for serving families, supporting NFPN, and standing for those who cannot stand alone.</p> <p>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/12/16/highlights-of-2015/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-12-16 14:27 +00:00 2015-12-16 06:27 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=379 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/federal-resources/ Other Federal Resources With Thanksgiving approaching, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is sharing a list of federal resources for which we can all be grateful! Child Welfare Information Gateway (https://www.childwelfare.gov):  This resource, a service of the Children’s Bureau, connects professionals and the public to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child &#8230; Wed, 18 Nov 2015 15:14:17 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/federal-resources/#respond admin <p>With Thanksgiving approaching, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is sharing a list of federal resources for which we can all be grateful!</p> <p><strong>Child Welfare Information Gateway (</strong><a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov">https://www.childwelfare.gov</a>)<strong>:  </strong>This resource, a service of the Children’s Bureau, connects professionals and the public to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice.</p> <p>There are seven free subscriptions available at the Gateway, including a daily listing of news articles that are of interest to the child welfare field: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/subscribe/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/subscribe/</a>.    Another useful resource is the issue briefs that provide information in a nutshell on a variety of topics including in-home services, reunification, trauma-informed practice, parent education, etc.: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/catalog/serieslist/?CWIGFunctionsaction=publicationCatalog:main.dspSeriesDetail&amp;publicationSeriesID=8">https://www.childwelfare.gov/catalog/serieslist/?CWIGFunctionsaction=publicationCatalog:main.dspSeriesDetail&amp;publicationSeriesID=8</a>.</p> <p><strong>Federal funding</strong> is critically important as a driver of philosophy, policies, and programs at the state and local level. For many years federal funding has been targeted primarily to services following removal of a child from the home.  In recent years the federal government has sought ways to target more dollars to keeping children safely in their own homes.  One way of moving more dollars to the front end of the system is temporary waivers that 29 states have been using to help families stay together.  A more comprehensive approach is legislation (S.1964, H.R. 3781) introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon which would be a permanent source of funding for front-end services.</p> <p>The services would be time-limited (12 months), evidence-based, and include two nationwide performance measures: prevention of placement and permanent placement as measured by the number of children in foster care who are returned to their parents, adopted, or placed with kin.  The bill also provides for mandatory funding of Title IV-B (discretionary amounts currently determined by Congress) and increases the total amount to $1 billion annually which includes funding for family preservation programs. Thus, this legislation fits well with family preservation and reunification policies and programs.  For an excellent summary of the legislation prepared by the Children’s Defense Fund, visit: <a href="http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/data/summary-of-the-family.pdf">http://www.childrensdefense.org/library/data/summary-of-the-family.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Members of Congress will be home soon for the holiday break and you can let your senator and representatives know how this legislation would impact your agency and the families that you serve.</p> <p>The <strong>Capacity Building Center for States </strong>has replaced the federal national resource centers.  Its purpose is to help public child welfare organizations and professionals build the capacity necessary to strengthen, implement, and sustain effective child welfare practice and achieve better outcomes for children, youth, and families.  For more information visit <a href="https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/states/">https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/states/</a>.</p> <p>The final resource is an <strong>Implementation Guidebook </strong>whose stated purpose is to provide an easy-to-use tool for implementing a parenting intervention.  But it’s actually a tool for implementation of many kinds of programs as it’s one of the clearest and most detailed guides on implementation that has been published.  You can read it here: <a href="http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/implementing-parenting-interventions-in-early-care-and-education-settings-a-guidebook-for-implementation">http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/opre/resource/implementing-parenting-interventions-in-early-care-and-education-settings-a-guidebook-for-implementation</a>.</p> <p>In closing <strong>Happy Thanksgiving to All </strong>and here is a link to the history of Thanksgiving that includes a nifty video: <a href="http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving">http://www.history.com/topics/thanksgiving/history-of-thanksgiving</a>.</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/federal-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-11-18 15:14 +00:00 2015-11-18 07:14 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=377 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/a-tale-of-two-children/ Other A Tale of Two Children Meet Tony and Kylie.  We’re going to look in on them at various stages of their lives ranging from birth to age 26: Tony (infancy): Following birth, Tony goes home with his mom and dad.  He is breastfed and grows quickly.  By the age of one, tests show that Tony has advanced cognitive skills.  He &#8230; Wed, 28 Oct 2015 15:54:19 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/a-tale-of-two-children/#respond admin <p><strong>Meet Tony and Kylie.  We’re going to look in on them at various stages of their lives ranging from birth to age 26:</strong></p> <p><strong>Tony (infancy):</strong> Following birth, Tony goes home with his mom and dad.  He is breastfed and grows quickly.  By the age of one, tests show that Tony has advanced cognitive skills.  He shows no fear and learns quickly.  His mom says that Tony’s dad is a good father. Tony enjoys nightly wrestling with his dad.</p> <p><strong>Kylie (infancy):</strong> Following birth, Kylie goes home with her mom.  Kylie’s mom and dad dated for a few months prior to the pregnancy.  Kylie’s dad moved out of town before Kylie was born.  He has never had contact with Kylie and does not pay child support.  Kylie’s mom is depressed following the birth.  She bottle-feeds Kylie who cries a lot and seems distressed and anxious.  By the age of one, Kylie has been to the emergency room several times for injuries related to falls and burns.</p> <p><strong>Tony (elementary school):</strong> Tony loves school and earns mostly “A” grades.  He is a self-starter and behaves well.  He has many friends.</p> <p><strong>Kylie (elementary school):</strong> Kylie misses a lot of school due to asthma attacks and dislikes school when she is there.  She has low self-esteem, is impulsive, and frequently misbehaves.  She earns mostly “C” grades along with a few “D” grades.  She has few friends.</p> <p><strong>Tony (high school):</strong> Tony takes advanced placement classes.  He enjoys playing sports and is well-liked.  By his junior year, Tony is trying to decide which college he would like to attend.</p> <p><strong>Kylie (high school):</strong>  Kylie is a year behind, having flunked fourth grade.  She is aggressive and has had several suspensions for fighting.  Kylie steals her mom’s prescription drug that her mom takes for depression.  Kylie enjoys partying with her friends and frequently skips school with them.  By her junior year, Kylie is pregnant and drops out of school.</p> <p><strong>Tony (age 26):</strong> Tony has graduated from college at the top of his class.  He has a good-paying job in finance.  He has many friends and enjoys recreational sports.  Tony volunteers as a Big Brother once a week.  Tony is engaged to be married and plans to buy a house within a year.</p> <p><strong>Kylie (age 26):</strong> Kylie lives with her mom who helps care for Kylie’s now 10-year old daughter.  Kylie still struggles with low self-esteem. She has held a series of fast-food restaurant jobs but clashes frequently with other employees and her boss.  Kylie has just learned that she is pregnant. She plans to marry the father, a high-school dropout, who works at a fast-food restaurant.</p> <p>Do you know what factor is most highly associated with the good outcomes for Tony and the poor outcomes for Kylie?</p> <p>Is there any intervention that might have changed the poor outcomes for Kylie?</p> <p>Is there anything that you can do now to prevent future Kylies from having the same poor outcomes?</p> <p>While you’re thinking about these questions, here’s the source of the outcomes for Tony and Kylie: <a href="http://www.fira.ca/cms/documents/29/Effects_of_Father_Involvement.pdf">http://www.fira.ca/cms/documents/29/Effects_of_Father_Involvement.pdf</a></p> <p>And, here are some resources that practitioners can use to help future Kylie’s: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/10/28/a-tale-of-two-children/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-10-28 15:54 +00:00 2015-10-28 08:54 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=374 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/schools-and-social-work/ Other Schools and Social Work September is back-to-school month. All of us are invested in the goal of teachers, students, administrators, and support staff being successful at school!  While the fields of education and social work may not always be viewed as interrelated, let’s take a closer look to see if they are: Did you know that the Child Abuse &#8230; Wed, 16 Sep 2015 13:55:52 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/schools-and-social-work/#respond admin <p>September is back-to-school month. All of us are invested in the goal of teachers, students, administrators, and support staff being successful at school!  While the fields of education and social work may not always be viewed as interrelated, let’s take a closer look to see if they are:</p> <p>Did you know that the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA-Part C) requires states to refer all children under age 3 involved in a substantiated case of child abuse/neglect to early intervention services?  About 3% of all children under age 3 in the U.S. are referred for these services.  The child is first assessed to determine if there are factors that would contribute to developmental delay. If so, a family assessment is completed along with a plan for appropriate services. Schools are involved in providing the services. For more detailed information on CAPTA-Part C visit <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/partc.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/partc.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Did you know that there is a school targeted to the child welfare system?  Two-thirds of the students at Mott Haven Charter Academy in the Bronx are actively involved in the child welfare system.  There are two social workers available to meet the needs of both the student and the family. The Interdisciplinary Social Emotional Behavior Intervention Team assesses the potential causes of academic difficulty and then institutes an action plan for success.  In addition, the student/teacher ratio of 12:1, extra time devoted to reading and math, and after-school instruction all contribute to high proficiency in reading and math.  For more information, visit <a href="https://www.nyfoundling.org/program/haven-academy/">https://www.nyfoundling.org/program/haven-academy/</a>.</p> <p>Did you know that an estimated 15-20% of students have a clinically significant behavioral and/or emotional disorder?  So, in a classroom of 25 students, up to 5 of the students are struggling with barriers to learning that affect not only these students but other students and the teacher as well.  Best practice today is to address these issues with a multidisciplinary team that includes social workers.  A functional behavioral assessment is conducted and then an intervention plan is developed.  Specific interventions are targeted to teaching strategies that will produce desired behavior.  For example, pictures may be used to help students identify emotions and how to express and cope with them.  For excellent overviews of school behavior/emotional issues and effective programs, visit</p> <p><a href="https://www.district287.org/uploaded/A_Better_Way/EffectiveProgramsforEmotionalandBehavioralDisordersHanover2013.pdf">https://www.district287.org/uploaded/A_Better_Way/EffectiveProgramsforEmotionalandBehavioralDisordersHanover2013.pdf</a>  and  <a href="http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6AA00136-AE40-4976-947C-CF10EB3D5C20/0/InterventionGuide.pdf">http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6AA00136-AE40-4976-947C-CF10EB3D5C20/0/InterventionGuide.pdf</a>.</p> <p>Did you know that attendance in the first 20 days of an academic period serves as a good indicator for students who are likely to drop out or fail to graduate?  Research shows that the following contribute to reducing absenteeism:</p> <ul> <li>Making home visits to families of chronically absent students;</li> <li>Rewarding students for improved attendance;</li> <li>Establishing a contact person at school for parents to work with;</li> <li>Calling home when students are absent;</li> <li>Conducting workshops for families about attendance;</li> <li>Referring chronically absent students to counselors;</li> <li>Offering after-school programs</li> <li>Using a truant officer to work with problem students and families.</li> </ul> <p>For an overview on prevention of truancy and absenteeism, visit <a href="http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/attendance/preventing-chronic-absenteeism-truancy">http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/attendance/preventing-chronic-absenteeism-truancy</a>.</p> <p>Did you notice from these examples that there is a lot of intersecting of social work with schools?  Another theme that has been repeated in the examples is <em>assessment</em> of students/families.  The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is working to expand use of the NCFAS-G assessment tool into schools.  There are a number of schools nationwide that use the tool and there have been several evaluations on use of the tool in schools.  NFPN is seeking partners to conduct additional evaluations and to develop a protocol for use of the assessment tool in schools.  If you are currently using or plan to use the NCFAS-G with school programs, please contact NFPN.</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/schools-and-social-work/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-09-16 13:55 +00:00 2015-09-16 06:55 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=370 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/free-resources/ Other Free Resources Periodically, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) compiles a list of free resources on cutting-edge topics.  Even in an age when every topic can be googled, it’s still handy to have a quick reference guide! It is challenging to decide which resources will be of the most interest and benefit to our constituency.  Because many &#8230; Wed, 26 Aug 2015 14:14:32 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/free-resources/#respond admin <p>Periodically, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) compiles a list of free resources on cutting-edge topics.  Even in an age when every topic can be googled, it’s still handy to have a quick reference guide!</p> <p>It is challenging to decide which resources will be of the most interest and benefit to our constituency.  Because many of our readers serve families in the child welfare system, that was selected as the basic category. Within the overarching category of child welfare, recurring themes are trauma, well-being, underlying issues affecting child abuse/neglect (substance abuse, mental health, domestic violence), and intervention (engagement, parenting skills). Those themes make up the bulk of the resources listed along with some very current related topics on trafficking of vulnerable children, federal funding policy, and quality assurance.</p> <p>All of the resources can be found on the internet and links are provided.  Keep in mind that links frequently work for only a limited time, so be sure to save documents to your computer that you want to keep for long-term reference.</p> <p>It is NFPN’s hope that you will find these resources useful.  We also hope that you regularly share resources with your colleagues at work, through social media, and at every opportunity.  We all benefit from sharing!</p> <p>Here is the list divided into categories. Note that the Child Welfare Information Gateway is often included in links as it’s a prime source of connecting professionals to comprehensive resources to help protect children and strengthen families: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/">https://www.childwelfare.gov/</a></p> <p><strong>Trauma</strong></p> <p>Developing a trauma-informed child welfare system: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trauma_informed.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trauma_informed.pdf</a></p> <p>Parenting a child who has experienced trauma: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/child-trauma.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/child-trauma.pdf</a></p> <p>Trauma-informed practice (13 hours of free online training-Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit): <a href="http://www.nctsnet.org/products/child-welfare-trauma-training-toolkit-2008">http://www.nctsnet.org/products/child-welfare-trauma-training-toolkit-2008</a></p> <p><strong>Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Domestic Violence</strong></p> <p>Parental substance abuse and the child welfare system: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/parentalsubabuse.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/parentalsubabuse.pdf</a></p> <p>Effective policies for parental substance abuse: <a href="http://childwelfaresparc.org/brief-state-level-policy-advocacy-for-children-affected-by-parental-substance-use/">http://childwelfaresparc.org/brief-state-level-policy-advocacy-for-children-affected-by-parental-substance-use/</a></p> <p>Supporting infants, toddlers, and families impacted by mental health problems substance abuse, and trauma: <a href="http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4726/SMA12-4726.pdf">http://store.samhsa.gov/shin/content/SMA12-4726/SMA12-4726.pdf</a></p> <p>Domestic violence and the child welfare system: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/domestic-violence.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/domestic-violence.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>Child Well-Being and Youngest Children</strong></p> <p>Are the children well? Promoting mental wellness: <a href="http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2014/07/are-the-children-well-.html">http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2014/07/are-the-children-well-.html</a></p> <p>Best Practice and research on the youngest children (Zero to Three): <a href="http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/">http://www.zerotothree.org/public-policy/</a></p> <p><strong>Family Engagement and Parenting</strong></p> <p>Family engagement overview: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/f_fam_engagement.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/f_fam_engagement.pdf</a></p> <p>Parent education to strengthen families and reduce risk of maltreatment: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/parented.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/parented.pdf</a></p> <p>Coparenting: <a href="http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1000">http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1000</a></p> <p><strong>Cultural Competence</strong></p> <p>Culturally responsive child welfare practice: <a href="http://cascw.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CW360-Winter2015.pdf">http://cascw.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/CW360-Winter2015.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>Trafficking</strong></p> <p>Child welfare and human trafficking: <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trafficking.pdf">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/trafficking.pdf</a></p> <p><strong>Federal funding</strong></p> <p>Newly proposed federal funding policy for prevention: <a href="http://citylimits.org/2015/08/19/turnaround-looms-in-federal-funding-to-prevent-child-abuse-neglect/">http://citylimits.org/2015/08/19/turnaround-looms-in-federal-funding-to-prevent-child-abuse-neglect/</a></p> <p><strong>Quality Service Reviews</strong></p> <p>Steps to determining the quality of case practice (note especially the appendices):  <a href="http://www.cssp.org/publications/child-welfare/document/quality-service-reviews-mechanism-for-case-level-advocacy-system-reform-web.pdf">http://www.cssp.org/publications/child-welfare/document/quality-service-reviews-mechanism-for-case-level-advocacy-system-reform-web.pdf</a></p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>National Family Preservation Network</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/08/26/free-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-08-26 14:14 +00:00 2015-08-26 07:14 -07:00