Family Engagement Inventory


Family engagement is recognized as a foundation for success across the human services and education fields. The Family Engagement Inventory (FEI) is designed to assist professionals in child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, early education, and education to learn how family engagement is defined and implemented across these fields of practice. The FEI enables professionals to access information on family engagement organized by discipline and domain.

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Knowing the Numbers: Accessing and Using Child Welfare Data

September 3, 2014

Data can be an incredibly powerful tool for child welfare advocates, policymakers, and program administrators in their work to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. From identifying target population characteristics and needs, to documenting program or service outcomes, to assessing a policy’s effect, using data to inform efforts to help children and families thrive is critical. Data can play an invaluable role in helping to highlight the need for a program, service, or policy, or to communicate about how a particular population is faring. They provide objective evidence to “make the case.”This brief, authored by Sharon Vandivere and Kerry DeVooght at Child Trends,  provides an overview of data sources that are useful to the child welfare community specifically and answers the following questions: What are the major data sources? What can I do with the data/what can they tell me? How do I access them both the public-use datasets with child-level information, as well as summary data?

Source: State Policy Advocacy & Reform Center

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Positive Parenting: Coaching Families and Modeling Positive Parenting in the Medical Home

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

A nurturing relationship between a parent and child is an important buffer against toxic stress related to  exposure to violence. Health care providers can encourage positive parenting skills that foster nurturing relationships.  This webinar will enable listeners to identify parenting practices that can build resilience in children exposed to violence, identify ways to model positive parenting practices in the medical home, and provide specific and practice guidance on parenting to families in the medical home setting.With support from the Department of Justice, The AAP Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence is proud to present Kimberly Randell, MD, MSc, FAAP and Lisa Spector, MD, FAAP. Dr. Randell is a past co-chair and current member of Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Council on Violence Prevention and co-chairs the Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) Work Group. Dr. Spector is the Medical Director of the Safe and Healthy Families (SAHF) Trauma Prevention and Treatment Program and Medical Director of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program at Children’s Mercy Hospital.

Source: Medical Home for Children Exposed to Violence

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Making the Case for Early Childhood Intervention | Casey Family Programs


The number of youth in foster care nationally has declined over the past decade, however, similar declines have not occurred for children under six years of age.

The brief, “Making the Case for Early Childhood Intervention in Child Welfare,” describes a national scan of interventions targeting families with young children and makes several recommendations to safely reduce the number of young children in foster care, including:

  • Closely follow the documented outcomes of the Title IV-E Welfare Demonstration Projects.
  • Employ a cross-systems collaboration approach and develop better linkages with integrated early learning and development systems.
  • Integrate and coordinate services with federally-funded home visiting programs in states.
  • Educate and engage judicial and court personnel.
  • Incorporate and maintain focus on early childhood development, trauma-informed care, young children’s mental health and the importance of secure relationships in child welfare services, programs and policies.
  • Closely manage the use of psychotropic drugs in young children.
  • Address racial disproportionality.
  • Continue to evaluate programs and strategies and communicate these results to increase the menu of evidence-informed and evidence-based programs for jurisdictions to draw upon to effectively work with this population.

The report concludes that because early childhood is a foundational period of development, addressing the unique needs of this population could produce tremendous opportunities to improve child welfare systems and the health and well-being of young children.

Source: Annie E. Casey Foundation

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ZERO TO THREE 28th National Training Institute (NTI) | 2013 NTI Program | powered by RegOnline

12/11 – 14/2013
JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, TX

ZERO TO THREE’s annual multi-disciplinary training event for early childhood professionals

The NTI is carefully developed to meet the learning and networking needs of those working with infants and toddlers in Child Welfare, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Parent Education, and Pediatrics.


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Changing the Course for Infants and Toddlers: A Survey of State Child Welfare Policies and Initiatives


This report by ZERO TO THREE and Child Trends presents findings from a 2013 survey of state child welfare agencies about the policies and practices that guide their work in addressing the needs of infants and toddlers who have been maltreated. It sets the stage for understanding how states are currently supporting young children and where opportunities exist to expand supports.


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ZERO TO THREE 28th National Training Institute (NTI) Registration and Information

12/11/2013 – 12/14/2014

JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country
San Antonio, TX

The NTI is carefully developed to meet the learning and networking needs of those working with infants and toddlers in Child Welfare, Early Childhood Education, Early Intervention, Mental Health, Parent Education, and Pediatrics.

NTI’s variety of programming allows you to design your own professional development experience by crafting an  NTI agenda that meets your specific needs. Be informed and enriched by the NTI’s five general sessions, 80 breakout sessions, robust, interactive Pre-Institutes, and a multitude of networking and other continuing education experiences.


Out-of-Home Care

Resources and information about out-of-home care (also called foster care), including family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, and residential and group care. Includes information on working with children and youth in out-of-home care; working with birth families; recruiting, preparing, and supporting resource families (i.e., foster, adoptive, and kinship families); independent living services; placement decisions and stability; and systemwide issues.

Source: Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Child Welfare – Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children with Child Welfare Involvement

Open date: April 11. 2012
Close Date: June 11, 2012

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit proposals for projects to improve the socio-emotional and behavioral well-being of infants and young children, ages birth to 5 years old, and their families, through collaborative service delivery. These projects will build infrastructure capacity between State, local, or tribal child welfare agencies and early childhood systems to ensure that infants and young children who are in or at-risk of entering into foster care have access to comprehensive, high-quality early care and education services. Applicants will be required to demonstrate commitment of the appropriate State, local, or tribal child welfare agency and an appropriate early care and education agency(ies) to undertake the proposed work under this funding opportunity.Projects will promote and utilize multi-disciplinary interventions that build on protective factors and mediate the effects of adverse experiences.These projects may develop new models or replicate existing models of collaborative policies, procedures, and/or practices for identifying and addressing the early educational needs of this population.


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2011 Child and Youth Well-Being Index (CWI)


Each year, the Foundation for Child Development and the Child and Youth Well-Being Index Project at Duke University issue a comprehensive measure of how children are faring in the United States. The overall comprehensive Child Well-Being Index (CWI) is based on a composite of 28 Key Indicators of-Life/Well-Being Domains. These domains family economic well-being, safe/risky behavior, social relationships, emotional/spiritual well-being, community engagement, educational attainment, and health. This year’s overall CWI is an updated measure of trends over the 34-year from 1975 to 2009, with projections for 2010.

Source: Foundations for Child Development

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