News Feeds (RSS) 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=442&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/442/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=442&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=440&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/440/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=440&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=438&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/438/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=438&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=436&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/436/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=436&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=434&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/434/"><img alt="" border="0" 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src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=430&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/430/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=430&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=428&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/428/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=428&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=425&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/425/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=425&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=422&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/422/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=422&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=420&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/420/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=420&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=418&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/418/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" 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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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=415&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/415/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=415&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=413&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/413/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=413&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=411&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/411/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=411&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=409&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/409/"><img alt="" border="0" 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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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=407&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/407/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=407&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=404&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/404/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=404&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=402&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/402/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=402&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=398&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/398/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=398&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=394&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/394/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=394&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=391&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/391/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=391&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=388&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/388/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=388&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=386&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/386/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=386&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=382&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/382/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=382&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=379&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/379/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=379&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=377&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/377/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=377&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=374&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/374/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/374/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/374/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/374/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" 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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;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=370&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/370/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=370&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> 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 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=363 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/coparenting/ Other father involvement Coparenting The May 2015 Zero to Three Journal focuses on supporting fathers and mothers as coparents.  Although referring to parents of infants in the mental health system, the articles are applicable to parents of children of all ages in all systems.  Here’s what I think gets to the heart of the matter as quoted from the &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=363&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:41:53 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/coparenting/#respond pmartens <p>The May 2015 <em>Zero to Three Journal </em>focuses on supporting fathers and mothers as coparents.  Although referring to parents of infants in the mental health system, the articles are applicable to parents of children of all ages in all systems.  Here’s what I think gets to the heart of the matter as quoted from the first article by James P. McHale and Vicky Phares:  “In jurisdictions across the United State, fathers are still often seen as trespassers in work with mothers and infants.  Instead of adopting the posture: ‘Where is the child’s father?  We cannot begin work without him.  Let’s redouble our energies to get him in here, engage with him, help him understand that our efforts on behalf of his baby will not succeed without him,’ infant mental health professionals reflexively accept that he is not their target.”   That statement could readily be applied to many other child/family-serving systems, including the child welfare system.</p> <p>But why? Why, after all these years of an ever-increasing body of knowledge of the importance of fathers, numerous fatherhood initiatives and programs, and federal grants to fund Responsible Fatherhood programs are fathers still viewed as “trespassers?”  McHale and Phares list the following reasons:</p> <ul> <li>Fathers who do not provide financial support for their children are viewed as untrustworthy and underserving</li> <li>Female providers are not comfortable working with men</li> <li>The “men’s movement” is associated with possessive, controlling, and domineering fathers</li> <li>Fathers are not necessary</li> </ul> <p>However, the authors then cite some compelling studies that support father inclusion:</p> <ul> <li>Mothers with post-partum depression heal better when fathers are engaged in the treatment</li> <li>Better outcomes for children are dependent on family functioning that includes fathers</li> <li>A program that videotapes both fathers and mothers playing with their children has demonstrated improved parenting confidence as well as improved coparenting communication</li> </ul> <p>If you’re like me, this is the first time that you’ve heard of these studies. That’s because we’re more likely to be social workers than psychologists and these studies are from the field of psychology.  In fact the cutting-edge research on coparenting is being produced largely by psychologists.  Dr. McHale and Dr. Phares are psychologists at the University of South Florida.  There are two couples who also are instrumental in coparenting research, three psychologists and one psychiatrist:  Dr. Philip and Dr. Carolyn Pape Cowan and Dr. Kyle Pruett (psychiatrist) and Dr. Marsha Kline Pruett.  The research findings of all have a strong common thread: the involvement of both parents in their children’s lives or working with “the father and mother together—always together.”  For more information on father involvement in the field of psychology, visit <a href="http://www.usfsp.edu/fsc/research/figuring-it-out-for-the-child/">http://www.usfsp.edu/fsc/research/figuring-it-out-for-the-child/</a>  and <a href="http://www.familyresourcecenters.net/.../Phase-IV-final-report-text-plus-tables/">http://www.familyresourcecenters.net/&#8230;/Phase-IV-final-report-text-plus-tables/</a>.</p> <p>How do we as social workers ignite coparenting?  Framing father involvement as coparenting is certainly one way, and note that coparents may also include kin, step-parents, foster parents, etc.  A successful coparenting movement will require a concerted effort that includes joining forces across industries and systems, finding new sources of funding, identifying and scaling up effective models (the Responsible Fatherhood programs have not yet produced definitive findings or models), addressing the primarily female workforce perspective, and promoting coparenting in all forms of media.</p> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has promoted father involvement for the past 15 years and is happy to join the coparenting movement.  NFPN has a free resource to assist child welfare agencies to meet the federal Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR) standards for father involvement:  <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/cfsr_father_involvement.pdf">http://www.nfpn.org/Portals/0/Documents/cfsr_father_involvement.pdf</a>.   A good overview of federal fatherhood funding is available here:  <a href="https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31025.pdf">https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/RL31025.pdf</a>. Another free resource is best practice on visitation between non-resident fathers and their children: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/father-child-visits">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/father-child-visits</a>.</p> <p>NFPN has some of the few research-based curricula for training practitioners on father involvement.  The curricula were field-tested with child welfare social workers and there were significant changes following training.  For information on the curricula, visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package</a>.    Complete this form to obtain a price quote: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/fatherhood-form">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/fatherhood-form</a>.   The curricula are also available as three online courses: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/online-courses">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/online-courses</a>.   An updated Complete Guide to Father Involvement with links to over 30 resources is a good starting place for information: <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv</a>.    The Guide is free with purchase of either the Basic or Advance Fatherhood Training Curricula.</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>National Family Preservation Network</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/363/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=363&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/07/22/coparenting/feed/ 0 pmartens1 2015-07-22 15:41 +00:00 2015-07-22 08:41 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=358 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/nas-and-tough-love/ Other NAS and Tough Love There are two timely topics in this issue of News Notes—best get started! NAS In recent years there has been a substantial increase in prescription drug abuse and that has been paralleled by an increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  NAS refers to the withdrawal symptoms experienced by infants exposed to drugs.  From 55% to &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=358&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 14:34:46 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/nas-and-tough-love/#respond pmartens <p>There are two timely topics in this issue of News Notes—best get started!</p> <p><strong>NAS</strong></p> <p>In recent years there has been a substantial increase in prescription drug abuse and that has been paralleled by an increase in neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).  NAS refers to the withdrawal symptoms experienced by infants exposed to drugs.  From 55% to 90% of infants will experience withdrawal at birth following exposure to drugs passed from mother to infant in the womb.</p> <p>Some symptoms of withdrawal in babies may include:</p> <ul> <li>Tremors (trembling)</li> <li>Irritability (excessive and high-pitched crying)</li> <li>Sleep problems</li> <li>Tight muscle tone</li> <li>Vomiting</li> <li>Poor feeding</li> <li>Stuffy nose, sneezing</li> <li>Fever or unstable temperature</li> </ul> <p>States are seeing significant increases in the numbers of NAS infants.  Tennessee has seen a ten-fold increase in the past 10 years.  The cost of stabilizing a newborn with NAS is about $63,000 in Tennessee.  One-fourth of newborns diagnosed with NAS are placed in state custody within one year of birth.</p> <p>It is critical to prepare the parents for the baby’s discharge.  Infants may experience withdrawal symptoms for up to six months and parents describe this time as an “emotional roller coaster.”  The Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care has a helpful guide for parents available here: <a href="http://www.perinatalweb.org/assets/cms/uploads/files/Methadone_Guide%20for%20Parents_2013_v4.pdf">http://www.perinatalweb.org/assets/cms/uploads/files/Methadone_Guide%20for%20Parents_2013_v4.pdf</a>.  There is also a guide for service providers: <a href="http://www.perinatalweb.org/assets/cms/uploads/files/Methadone_Facts%20for%20Providers_2013_v4.pdf">http://www.perinatalweb.org/assets/cms/uploads/files/Methadone_Facts%20for%20Providers_2013_v4.pdf</a>.</p> <p>A good overview of NAS nationwide and treatment protocols is available here: <a href="http://www.astho.org/Prevention/NAS-Neonatal-Abstinence-Report/">http://www.astho.org/Prevention/NAS-Neonatal-Abstinence-Report/</a>.</p> <p>The federal SAMHSA agency provides the Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery (SAFERR) model. The SAFERR model promotes a coordinated approach involving the child welfare system, drug and alcohol services, and the courts and is available here: <a href="https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/SAFERR.pdf">https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/files/SAFERR.pdf</a>.</p> <p><strong>Tough Love</strong></p> <p>On July 6, PBS will broadcast “Tough Love.”  The documentary follows two families, one in Seattle and one in New York, in which the parent is trying to reunite with children placed in foster care. Children in both families were removed due to neglect with substance abuse also a factor in one of the families.</p> <p>“I hope <strong>Tough Love</strong> gives audiences a glimpse of the lives inside the child-welfare system, the lives of the families and workers who spend countless hours navigating this complex bureaucracy,” says filmmaker Stephanie Wang-Breal. “At the end of the day, it is a system made of people. People who are faced with complex issues like housing, welfare, domestic violence and substance abuse. People who have to overcome unimaginable obstacles to have a family again.</p> <p>“Too often, adoption is seen as the only option for children in foster care. Through Hannah, Philly and Patrick’s stories, I hope to show audiences that these children have parents who love them and are willing to do whatever it takes to get them home.”</p> <p>NFPN is pleased to be included in the list of PBS resources for families and is happy to spread the word about the film.  Save the date of July 6 and check your local listings for the time.  You can also help spread the word through use of the PBS Partner Toolkit available here: <a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/toughlove/partner_toolkit.php">http://www.pbs.org/pov/toughlove/partner_toolkit.php</a>.</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Executive Director</p> <p>National Family Preservation Network</p> <p>director@nfpn.org    888-498-9047</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/358/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=358&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/nas-and-tough-love/feed/ 0 pmartens1 2015-06-17 14:34 +00:00 2015-06-17 07:34 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=349 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/online-courses-survey/ Other Online Courses Survey Did you know that the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was in the vanguard when we first offered online courses six years ago? Did you know that there are over 600 online course vendors today? Did you know that 60% of the nation’s 4000 colleges/universities offer online degree programs? Did you know that just one &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=349&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 06 May 2015 15:57:57 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/05/06/online-courses-survey/#respond admin <p>Did you know that the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) was in the vanguard when we first offered online courses six years ago? Did you know that there are over 600 online course vendors today? Did you know that 60% of the nation’s 4000 colleges/universities offer online degree programs? Did you know that just one university—Arizona State University—offers 70 degree programs online?   You can even obtain a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree online!</p> <p>If none of this information comes as a surprise to you, then you’re well informed when it comes to online courses. But for many of us the explosion of online courses in recent years comes as more of a shock that is difficult to comprehend.</p> <p>Here are some reasons why online courses have become so prevalent:</p> <ul> <li>Convenient</li> <li>Work at your own pace</li> <li>Earn CEU’s for ongoing education</li> <li>Engaging</li> <li>Quick way to gain specific knowledge</li> <li>Low cost</li> </ul> <p>What about an online degree closer to home? For example, can you obtain a social work degree online? Absolutely! A quick google reveals over 50 colleges and universities offering online degrees in social work. You can also obtain ongoing education in social work although it may be challenging to find a specific course that fits your exact needs. A starting place is the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) that has just launched a new online continuing education resource for social workers, the Professional Education and Training Center (<a href="http://www.naswdc.org/pdev/default.asp">http://www.naswdc.org/pdev/default.asp</a>).</p> <p>And, what does NFPN plan for future online courses? We are considering additional online courses on father involvement and first-ever online courses for Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Especially in the child welfare field, involving fathers appears to have stalled. One reason is that most of the father involvement curricula are, perhaps understandably, from a male perspective. However, the child welfare field is overwhelmingly female in both work force and head of household. Maybe it’s time to address that issue with a course on The Female Perspective on Father Involvement. How does that sound to you?</p> <p>IFPS services are offered in most states but training for staff is generally available only when IFPS is offered statewide.  NFPN provides the IFPS ToolKit but that is more of a resource for establishing IFPS programs. There are currently no online courses for IFPS. Is there interest out there in taking online courses for IFPS?</p> <p>NFPN would like to know what online courses subject matter is of interest to you. To provide NFPN with input and feedback on online courses, please take the 7-question survey at this link: <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCVLFDR">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RCVLFDR</a>  It will take only a few minutes to complete and the information will be priceless! 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While all of the resources are available on our website (nfpn.org), that’s a lot of information to digest at one time! So this newsletter will provide you with an overview of these resources, note some new ones &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=345&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 25 Mar 2015 13:00:02 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/50-resources/#respond admin <p>Over the past 15 years, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has developed 50 resources for family-serving agencies.</p> <p>While all of the resources are available on our website (<a href="http://nfpn.org/" target="_blank">nfpn.org</a>), that’s a lot of information to digest at one time! So this newsletter will provide you with an overview of these resources, note some new ones that have just been released, and provide links to them so that you can quickly find what you’re looking for. Information is also included on training/technical assistance.</p> <h3><strong><span class="subtitle">What does NFPN do?</span></strong></h3> <p>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, and father-involvement. NFPN offers research-based tools, training, resources, and technical assistance. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn</a>.</p> <h3><strong><span class="subtitle">What are the most popular resources that NFPN offers?</span></strong></h3> <p><strong>1. Assessment Tools that Measure Family Functioning</strong><br /> Over 800 agencies in the USA and 20 other countries use these assessment tools:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><em>New! </em></strong></span><em>Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool and Training Package (T/WB)</em><br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/trauma-assessment-tool</a></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><em>New! </em></strong></span><em>Two Spanish Version Assessment Tools : NCFAS-G+R and T/WB</em><br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products/spanish-training" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/products/spanish-training</a></p> <p><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong><em>New!</em></strong></span><em> Assessment Tool Database</em>s<br /> The NCFASGRT Data Entry System Version 1 is now available for the NCFAS-G, NCFAS-G+R, and T/WB assessment tools, as well as the T/WB combined with either the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R. The database has been rebuilt from the ground up to provide better long-term stability and functionality. The new database prints family assessments with comments, provides two new additional reporting features (baseline/strengths and problem areas), and includes instructions for installing the database on a server. The NCFASGRT database is included with a new purchase of an assessment tool training package (English version) from NFPN. Database upgrades are available to current licensed users of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R. The cost to upgrade is $75.<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfasgrt-database</a></p> <p><strong>2. Building and Strengthening Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) Programs</strong></p> <p><em>IFPS ToolKit</em><br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit</a></p> <p><em>IFPS Nationwide Survey</em><br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey</a></p> <p><em><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>New!</strong> </span>Continuous Quality Improvement Instrument for IFPS (CQI-IFPS)</em><br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/cqi-ifps-instrument</a></p> <p><em>IFPS Blog</em><br /> <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog/" target="_blank">http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog/</a></p> <p><strong>3. Cutting-Edge Information and Free Resources</strong><br /> <em>NFPN Blog</em><br /> <a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com" target="_blank">https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com</a></p> <p><em>Other Free Resources including:</em></p> <ul> <li>12 articles on timely topics</li> <li>Father-involvement video clips (may be used in presentations by permission)</li> <li>Training video on <em>Listening and the Six Stages of Change</em></li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources</a></p> <h3><strong><span class="subtitle">Ready to take the plunge?</span></strong></h3> <p>If you would like to view all of NFPN’s products, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/products.aspx</a></p> <h3><strong><span class="subtitle">How about training and technical assistance?</span></strong></h3> <p>NFPN offers onsite training-of-trainers, most frequently for large agencies and for research projects that use one or more of our resources.</p> <p><em><span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>Coming Soon!</strong></span> Onsite training for trauma-informed practice</em></p> <p>Please <a href="http://nfpn.org/contact" target="_blank">contact NFPN</a> if you are interested in onsite training. NFPN can provide technical assistance by phone/e-mail for any of our resources. Note: We’re looking for partners, especially universities and colleges, to collaborate with in order to offer more online training.</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/345/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=345&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/50-resources/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2015-03-25 13:00 +00:00 2015-03-25 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=340 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/new-assessment-tool-for-trauma-and-well-being/ Trauma New Assessment Tool for Trauma and Well-Being Following two years of development and field-testing, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to offer the first-of-its-kind assessment tool for Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being. The two Trauma/Well-Being (T/WB) domains now join 10 other domains in the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) family of tools. Trauma Domain The Trauma domain assists workers to &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=340&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 04 Feb 2015 14:00:25 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/new-assessment-tool-for-trauma-and-well-being/#respond admin <p>Following two years of development and field-testing, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to offer the first-of-its-kind assessment tool for Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being. The two Trauma/Well-Being (T/WB) domains now join 10 other domains in the North Carolina Family Assessment Scale (NCFAS) family of tools.</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Trauma Domain</span></h3> <p>The <em>Trauma</em> domain assists workers to become aware of the symptoms and indicators of trauma and to assess for trauma and the degree of severity.</p> <p>The <em>Trauma</em> domain comprises the following subscales:</p> <ul> <li>Traumatic Sexual Abuse of Child(ren)</li> <li>Traumatic Physical Abuse of Child(ren)</li> <li>Traumatic Neglect of Child(ren)</li> <li>Traumatic Emotional/Psychological Abuse of Child(ren)</li> <li>Parent/Caregiver Trauma</li> <li>Overall Trauma</li> </ul> <h3><span class="subtitle">Post-Trauma Well-Being Domain</span></h3> <p>The <em>Post-Trauma Well-Being</em> domain is distinguished from the NCFAS <em>Child Well-Being</em> domain in that it focuses specifically on recovery and healing of children after trauma has occurred, on the status of the parent/caregiver following trauma to the parent/caregiver and/or the child, and on the parent/caregiver’s ability to support the child during the recovery/healing period.</p> <p>The <em>Post-Trauma Well-Being</em> domain comprises the following subscales:</p> <ul> <li>Post-Traumatic Cognitive and Physical Well-Being of Child(ren)</li> <li>Post-Traumatic Emotional/Psychological Well-Being of Child(ren)</li> <li>Post-Traumatic Social Functioning of Child(ren)</li> <li>Post-Trauma Parent/Caregiver Support of Child(ren)</li> <li>Post-Trauma Parent/Caregiver Well-Being</li> <li>Overall Post-Trauma Well-Being</li> </ul> <h3><span class="subtitle">Field-Test Findings</span></h3> <p>NFPN, in cooperation with Dr. Ray Kirk, conducted a field-test study on the T/WB domains with stellar results. The domains were found to have high statistical reliability and convergent validity with the other NCFAS domains. Families made substantial progress following treatment for trauma symptomology.</p> <p>The following charts are a summary of the findings:</p> <p><strong>Intake/Pre-Serve Assessment</strong></p> <table border="1" width="450" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Assessment Results</strong></td> <td><strong>Families</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>At least one <em>Trauma</em> subscale in the problem range (-1, -2, -3)</td> <td>81%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>At or above Baseline/Adequate on all subscales (0, +1, +2)</td> <td>19%</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>   </strong></p> <table border="1" width="452" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Subscale</strong></td> <td><strong>Families with Mild Problem Rating</strong> <strong>(-1)</strong></td> <td><strong>Families with Moderate or Serious Problem Ratings</strong> <strong>(-2, -3)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Traumatic Sexual Abuse of Children</td> <td>7%</td> <td>6%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Traumatic Physical Abuse of Children</td> <td>9%</td> <td>11%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Traumatic Neglect of Children</td> <td>23%</td> <td>21%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Emotional/Psychological Abuse of Children</td> <td>27%</td> <td>21%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Parent/Caregiver Trauma</td> <td>20%</td> <td>37%</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><strong>Closure/Post-Service Assessment</strong></p> <table border="1" width="452" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td><strong>Subscale</strong></td> <td><strong>Families with Mild Problem Rating</strong> <strong>(-1)</strong></td> <td><strong>Families with Moderate or Serious Problem Ratings</strong> <strong>(-2, -3)</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Post-Trauma Cognitive/Physical Well-Being of Children</td> <td>—</td> <td>10% (Mild/Moderate)</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Post-Trauma Emotional/Psychological Well-Being of Children</td> <td>8%</td> <td>4%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Post-Trauma Parent/Caregiver Well-Being</td> <td>13%</td> <td>12%</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>To read the complete field-test report, visit:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/trauma-report" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/trauma-report</a></p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Should workers assess for trauma if no trauma services are available?</span></h3> <p>In order to effectively help families, any trauma affecting family members must be identified. In addition, federal and state policies require family-serving agencies to address trauma. At a minimum, all workers need to be trained in trauma-informed practice.</p> <p>NFPN has developed a guide for <em>Trauma-Informed Practice</em> that provides information and links to free resources to assist workers in obtaining basic initial training.</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">T/WB Training Package</span></h3> <p><strong>What is included in the T/WB Training Package?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being Scale and Definitions</li> <li>Assessment Forms</li> <li>Guide for Trauma-Informed Practice</li> <li>PowerPoint for Training Workers</li> <li>Case Study with Recommended Ratings and Case Planning Form</li> <li>Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)</li> <li>Database for Electronic Entry of Ratings (available in March)</li> <li>Instruction Manuals</li> </ul> <p><strong>Who may use the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool?</strong></p> <ul> <li>Any agency or individual currently authorized to use one of the NCFAS tools is eligible to purchase the T/WB.</li> <li>The T/WB may be combined with the purchase of a NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R Assessment Tool Training Package.</li> <li>NCFAS and NCFAS-R users may upgrade to the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R with the T/WB domains at a discounted price.</li> <li>NFPN recommends that workers have experience using other NCFAS domains before being trained on the T/WB.</li> </ul> <p><strong>How do I obtain the Trauma/Post-Trauma Well-Being Tool and Training Package?</strong></p> <ol> <li>Complete the assessment tool inquiry form to obtain an automated price quote:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/assessment-tool-price-quote" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/assessment-tool-price-quote</a></li> <li>After receiving the automated price quote, reply to the e-mail to request an invoice.</li> <li>Pay the invoice online by credit card or send a check to NFPN. NFPN is going paperless and you can save money by downloading all materials. Printed materials are available for an additional printing/shipping/handling fee.</li> </ol> <h3 class="Default"><span class="subtitle">Special Introductory Offer—February Only</span></h3> <p class="Default">All orders for the T/W Training Package that are paid in February include a <strong>free</strong> NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R Database that combines with the T/WB Database for seamless data entry of all the ratings. The new databases will be released in March.</p> <p class="Default"><a href="http://nfpn.org/assessment-tool-price-quote" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/assessment-tool-price-quote</a></p> <h2 class="Default"><span class="subtitle">Coming in March:</span></h2> <ul> <li class="Default">New databases for data entry of ratings on the T/WB, NCFAS-G, and NCFAS-G+R assessment tools</li> <li class="Default">Spanish version of the T/WB Training Package</li> </ul> <h3 class="Default"><span class="subtitle">Questions? </span></h3> <p class="Default">Please contact:<br /> Priscilla Martens, Exec. 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The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is entering the new year at full speed. We’re excited to kick off 2015 by sharing about our new resources. Our current resources include assessment tools, father-involvement training curricula, research and practice documents, and training/technical assistance. For more information on all of our resources visit NFPN.org. &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=336&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 14:00:56 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/new-resource/#respond admin <h3><span class="subtitle">Happy New Year!</span></h3> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is entering the new year at full speed. We’re excited to kick off 2015 by sharing about our new resources. Our current resources include assessment tools, father-involvement training curricula, research and practice documents, and training/technical assistance. For more information on all of our resources visit <a href="http://www.nfpn.org" target="_blank">NFPN.org</a>.</p> <p>NFPN is introducing two new resources in the first two months of 2015. This month NFPN is introducing a quality improvement instrument, and next month NFPN will introduce two new assessment domains: Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being.</p> <p>Today, NFPN is pleased to announce the release of a Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Instrument for use with Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS).</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Importance of CQI</span></h3> <p>The federal Administration for Children and Families—Children’s Bureau defines Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) as the complete process of identifying, describing, and analyzing strengths and problems and then testing, implementing, learning from, and revising solutions.</p> <p>The Children’s Bureau addresses quality assurance (QA) of state child welfare agencies through Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSR). During the first round of reviews conducted from 2001 to 2004, the Children’s Bureau found that 31 states had QA systems. That number increased to 40 states in the second round of reviews conducted from 2007 to 2010.</p> <p>The Children’s Bureau further lists five key components of an effective CQI system:</p> <ul> <li>A strong foundational administrative structure</li> <li>Quality data collection</li> <li>An effective case record review process</li> <li>Process to analyze and disseminate data</li> <li>Processes to provide feedback to stakeholders/decision-makers and adjust programs and process</li> </ul> <p>The complete memorandum is available at:<br /> <a href="http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1207.pdf" target="_blank">http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1207.pdf</a></p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Purpose of CQI for IFPS</span></h3> <p>One essential component of an effective child welfare system is Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Thus, it is critical to maintain and improve the quality of IFPS programs on an ongoing basis. The CQI-IFPS Instrument allows states and contracted providers, through the case review process, to determine if they are meeting best practice for IFPS and that includes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The CQI instrument assists in determining what is currently being done well along with identifying areas that need improvement in the future.</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Components of the CQI-IFPS Instrument</span></h3> <p>The CQI-IFPS Instrument is grounded in many years of research on IFPS. Each item of the Instrument has been carefully selected and field-tested.</p> <p>The CQI-IFPS Instrument and supporting materials including:</p> <ul> <li>Introduction (Definition, Basis in federal law/policy, and Purpose of IFPS CQI)</li> <li>CQI-IFPS Instrument (10 domains covering a total of 75 items)</li> <li>Tally Sheet (Checklist for case reviewers that allows tallying of up to 5 case files)</li> <li>Directions for Use (Preparation, Reviewing Case Files, Debriefing, Using Findings to Guide Improvement in Practice)</li> <li>Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)</li> </ul> <p>The following is a portion of the Tally Sheet showing how the instrument is used and scored:</p> <p><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png"><img data-attachment-id="338" data-permalink="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/new-resource/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample/" data-orig-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png" data-orig-size="1063,510" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="CQI-IFPS Tally Sheet Sample" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=600&#038;h=288" class="alignnone wp-image-338 size-large" src="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=600&#038;h=288" alt="CQI-IFPS Tally Sheet Sample" width="600" height="288" srcset="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=600&amp;h=288 600w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=150&amp;h=72 150w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=300&amp;h=144 300w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=768&amp;h=368 768w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png?w=1024&amp;h=491 1024w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/cqi-ifps-tally-sheet-sample.png 1063w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a></p> <p>NFPN recommends that IFPS programs be operational for at least one year prior to using the CQI instrument.</p> <h3 class="Default"><span class="subtitle">Pricing</span></h3> <p class="Default">The CQ-IFPS Instrument is affordably priced, ranging from $125 for small private agencies to $250 for large private and government agencies. You may order and pay online with access to the instrument and resource materials immediately following payment.</p> <h3 class="Default"><a href="http://nfpn.org/cqi-ifps" target="_blank"><span class="subtitle">Order Today!</span></a></h3> <p class="Default">To get started, visit: <a href="http://nfpn.org/cqi-ifps" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/cqi-ifps</a></p> <p class="Default">If you have questions or need more information, contact <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a> or phone 888-498-9047.</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/336/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=336&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2015/01/07/new-resource/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast CQI-IFPS Tally Sheet Sample 2015-01-07 14:00 +00:00 2015-01-07 06:00 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=334 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/highlights-of-2014/ Other Highlights of 2014 Last chance to save before prices go up in 2015. Order before December 19 to secure the lowest prices on NFPN&#8217;s Assessment Tool Training Packages. The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has had a busy and productive year. Here are the highlights of achievements: 1. A comprehensive research study with a number of “firsts” including: &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=334&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:00:27 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/highlights-of-2014/#respond admin <table width="85%" cellpadding="10" align="center" bgcolor="#C5D1E9"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"><strong>Last chance to save before prices go up in 2015.</strong> <a href="http://nfpn.org/products" target="_blank">Order before December 19</a> to secure the lowest prices on NFPN&#8217;s Assessment Tool Training Packages.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has had a busy and productive year. Here are the highlights of achievements:</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">1. A comprehensive research study with a number of “firsts” including:</span></h3> <ul> <li>First NFPN research study to incorporate all 3 of our initiatives in the areas of family preservation, reunification, and father involvement.</li> <li>First time the NCFAS-G assessment tool was tested with Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) with excellent results.</li> <li>First time that exit instruments aligned questions for both the worker and parents with the NCFAS assessment tools. There is very close alignment between worker and parental perspective when families complete services.</li> <li>Concrete services, step-down services, and father involvement all contribute to longer-lasting family reunifications.</li> </ul> <p>To read the full research report, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research">http://www.nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">2. IFPS 40th Anniversary</span></h3> <p>The 40th Anniversary of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) was recognized with:</p> <ul> <li>A gala event in Seattle.</li> <li>An updated IFPS Nationwide Survey featuring 12 exemplary states providing IFPS services to over 11,000 families.</li> <li>Creation of an IFPS website to serve as a: <ul> <li>repository for the history of IFPS,</li> <li>resource for the field, and</li> <li>host for the IFPS Coast-to-Coast Blog.</li> </ul> </li> </ul> <p>See the IFPS Nationwide Survey:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey">http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey</a></p> <p>Visit the IFPS Website:<br /> <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/">http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/</a></p> <p>Read the IFPS Blog:<br /> <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog" target="_blank">http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">3. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) Instrument for IFPS</span></h3> <p>NPFN has developed and field-tested a CQI instrument for IFPS. The instrument is designed for use with review of case files to assess both strengths and weaknesses of IFPS programs.</p> <p>The CQI-IFPS instrument will be released in January, 2015, and will include a training package with detailed instructions for use. Plan now to purchase this low-cost instrument to ensure the quality of your IFPS program.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">4. New additions to the NCFAS assessment tools</span></h3> <p>Two new domains, trauma and post-trauma well-being, have been developed and field-tested this year with outstanding results.</p> <p>The research study is currently being written and release of the new domains is scheduled for February, 2015. The new domains with accompanying training package will be offered as a stand-alone product and will be available only to agencies that have purchased one of the NCFAS assessment tools.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Year-End Savings</span></h3> <p><strong>Time is short to purchase products this year, and prices will increase on January 1. </strong>If you’ve been considering purchasing any of the assessment tools, doing so now will save you money plus you will be eligible to purchase the new trauma domains early next year.</p> <p><strong>To receive 2014 pricing, orders must be placed and paid by Friday, December 19</strong>. Online payment by credit card greatly speeds up turnaround to ensure delivery before the end of the year. Please contact NFPN immediately if you wish to take advantage of this year-end savings.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle"><strong>Thank you for all of your work on behalf of families.</strong><br /> <span style="color:#ff0000;"><strong>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!</strong></span></span></h3><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/334/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=334&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/12/10/highlights-of-2014/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-12-10 14:00 +00:00 2014-12-10 06:00 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=331 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/female-perspective-on-father-involvement/ Father Involvement Female Perspective on Father Involvement NOTE: Prices for NFPN&#8217;s Father Involvement Training Packages and Assessment Tool Training Packages will increase in January. Order now to save money with free shipping/handling available through November 25. In 2001, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) published the first-of-its-kind Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum. Within a few years, family-serving systems appeared to embrace father involvement. &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=331&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:00:06 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/female-perspective-on-father-involvement/#respond admin <table width="85%" cellpadding="10" align="center" bgcolor="#C5D1E9"> <tbody> <tr> <td align="left"><strong>NOTE:</strong> Prices for NFPN&#8217;s Father Involvement Training Packages and Assessment Tool Training Packages will increase in January. <a href="http://nfpn.org/products" target="_blank">Order now</a> to save money with free shipping/handling available through November 25.</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>In 2001, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) published the first-of-its-kind <em>Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum. </em>Within a few years, family-serving systems appeared to embrace father involvement. National fatherhood organizations and initiatives flourished. NFPN received a large grant, partnering with two child welfare agencies in a successful research study of father involvement.</p> <p>But in this decade national fatherhood organizations have shrunk, there are very few initiatives, and funding has dried up. The momentum on father involvement has stalled. What could have caused that? Is it possible that more support is needed from . . . females?</p> <p>Let’s take a closer look at father involvement from a female perspective.</p> <h3>What Mothers Say</h3> <p>The National Fatherhood Initiative conducted a nationwide survey in 2009 on mothers. The following chart shows mothers’ responses and, where available, the responses from fathers in a similar survey:</p> <p><em>Mama Says Survey (2009)</em></p> <table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="5"> <tbody> <tr> <td></td> <td style="width:120px;"><strong>Mothers Agree</strong></td> <td style="width:120px;"><strong>Fathers Agree</strong></td> </tr> <tr> <td>Fathers generally get a lot of respect for being fathers.</td> <td style="width:120px;">76%</td> <td style="width:120px;">92%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>The media tend to portray fathers in a negative light.</td> <td style="width:120px;">55%</td> <td style="width:120px;">65%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>When men first become fathers, they usually feel adequately prepared for fatherhood.</td> <td style="width:120px;">32%</td> <td style="width:120px;">54%</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Mothers and fathers usually parent in about the same way.</td> <td style="width:120px;">16%</td> <td style="width:120px;">Not available</td> </tr> <tr> <td>I am a positive influence on the ability of the father of my child to be a good dad.</td> <td style="width:120px;">86%</td> <td style="width:120px;">Not available</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p>The last item is especially noteworthy: mothers are confident that they exert positive influence on the ability of fathers to be good dads.</p> <p>You can find the entire survey here:<br /> <a href="http://www.fatherhood.org/mama-says-survey" target="_blank">http://www.fatherhood.org/mama-says-survey</a></p> <h3>Attitudes and Beliefs of Social Workers</h3> <p>Let’s look next at the attitudes and beliefs of those who work with fathers in the child welfare system.</p> <p>In the two child welfare agencies participating in NFPN’s research study on father involvement, over 75% of the social workers were women. A pre/post survey found significant differences after social workers received training and coaching on father involvement. Social workers were:</p> <ul> <li>More likely to think the father should be involved even if the mother was not favorable to his involvement.</li> <li>More likely to believe fathers should have the same visitation rights as mothers.</li> <li>Less likely to link visitation rights with father’s payment of child support.</li> <li>More likely to equally consider both biological parents and their extended families as placement resources.</li> <li>More likely to view mothers as helpful in locating biological fathers.</li> </ul> <p>Women make up a large majority of the workforce that serves families. Thus the female worker’s perspective can be just as critical as the mother’s in determining the extent to which the worker will help the father to be involved with his child.</p> <p>In a more recent survey, NFPN asked Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) workers the extent to which they involved fathers in the intervention. IFPS workers spend a large amount of time with families, usually 40 hours or more over the course of the intervention. The workers knew the identity of the father 75% of the time. But only half the time workers</p> <ul> <li>knew where the father lived,</li> <li>established contact with him,</li> <li>involved the father in the case plan and services, and</li> <li>involved the father in connecting with the child.</li> </ul> <p>What were the barriers for the other half of the time when there was little engagement of fathers? Three of the four top reasons involved decisions primarily by females:</p> <ul> <li>The mother refused to identify the father.</li> <li>The mother revealed the identity of the father but did not want him involved.</li> <li>The referring worker did not require the father’s involvement.</li> </ul> <p>Mothers and female workers are often intentionally making a decision not to involve the father. So, what happens when the opposite takes place, that is, when mothers and workers intentionally make a decision to support the father’s involvement?</p> <h3>Partnering for Father Involvement</h3> <p>In an aptly named research study, <em>Supporting Father Involvement: An Intervention for Low-Income Families</em>, mostly Mexican-American and some Anglo married/cohabiting couples were randomly assigned to either a father’s group (minimal participation by mothers) or a couple’s group (full participation by mothers). Overall, the couples’ group had the best outcomes, including an increase in father involvement and reduction of stress between fathers and mothers.</p> <p>Where is all of this leading? Perhaps to re-thinking father involvement. If female support is a necessary ingredient to father involvement, then we need to know more about the female perspective at every junction.</p> <p><strong>NFPN is seeking a partnering agency (preferably city, county, or state wide) to further explore the female perspective in father involvement</strong>. A funding source will need to be identified and we are also looking for media coverage. Please contact NFPN (<a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org" target="_blank">director@nfpn.org</a>) if you consider your agency a potential partner.</p> <h3>Father Involvement Training</h3> <p>NFPN offers Basic and Advanced Fatherhood Training Curricula that have been used to train a largely female workforce on involving fathers. To get started, complete the pricing inquiry form at:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/fatherhood-price-quote" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/fatherhood-price-quote</a></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/331/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=331&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/female-perspective-on-father-involvement/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-11-12 14:00 +00:00 2014-11-12 06:00 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=327 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/resources-and-savings-2/ IFPS Info & Resources Trauma Resources and Savings Assessment Tools NFPN’s premier resources are assessment tools that measure family functioning. The tools are evidence-based with established reliability and validity. They are used in a wide variety of systems and programs: Home Visiting Head Start Schools Differential Response Child Welfare IFPS Juvenile Justice Mental and Behavioral Health Substance Abuse Drug Courts … and many &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=327&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:00:18 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/resources-and-savings-2/#respond admin <h3><span class="subtitle">Assessment Tools</span></h3> <p>NFPN’s premier resources are assessment tools that measure family functioning. The tools are evidence-based with established reliability and validity. They are used in a wide variety of systems and programs:</p> <ul> <li>Home Visiting</li> <li>Head Start</li> <li>Schools</li> <li>Differential Response</li> <li>Child Welfare</li> <li>IFPS</li> <li>Juvenile Justice</li> <li>Mental and Behavioral Health</li> <li>Substance Abuse</li> <li>Drug Courts … and many others.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Where and How Do Agencies Use the Assessment Tools?</span></h3> <p>1. Over 775 agencies nationwide and in 19 other countries use the assessment tools.</p> <p>2. The states of Florida and Pennsylvania have the highest use of the tool in the USA, while Australia and Canada rank highest internationally.</p> <p>3. Overall, 60% of agencies purchase the NCFAS-G (general services) and 40% purchase the NCFAS-G+R (general services and reunification). Large agencies, including two statewide agencies, use the NCFAS-G+R.</p> <p>4. Agencies report that the most valuable training package items are:</p> <ul> <li>PowerPoint for training workers,</li> <li>Case Example with recommended ratings,</li> <li>Work sheets for case planning and goal setting, and</li> <li>FAQs.</li> </ul> <p>5. Over 40% of agencies use the database included in the training package for computer entry of scale ratings, while 22% use their own data entry system, and 27% use only the paper form.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Buy Now to Save Money</span></h3> <p>The price of the assessment tools has remained the same for the past five years, even as costs increase to develop, test, produce, and ship them. Thus, it’s necessary to increase the price of the training packages in 2015.</p> <p>Purchasing this year will save you money—and you can save even more with free shipping on orders placed by November 25.</p> <p>Now is also the time to upgrade tools. If your agency purchased any NCFAS tool in the past 12 years, you’re eligible for a 20% discount on the NCFAS-G and NCFAS-G+R tools/training packages.</p> <p>Get started here:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/assessment-tools" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">New Trauma Domains</span></h3> <p>NFPN is currently completing field-testing and analysis of trauma and post-trauma well-being domains. These new domains, to be released early in 2015, will bring to an even dozen the number of domains for the NCFAS assessment tools. All federally funded programs and many state funded programs require contracted agencies to address trauma and child well-being. NFPN believes that the trauma and post-trauma well-being domains will be the first-of-their-kind to address these critical issues.</p> <p>Based on customer preference, NFPN will provide the new domains as a stand-alone training package. Current use of the NCFAS assessment tools is a requirement for purchasing the new domains. Agencies should ensure that workers have experience using the current NCFAS tools before introducing the new domains.</p> <p>You can help speed your purchase of the new domains next year by locating your current license for the NCFAS tools, or the original invoice, or the year in which the tool(s) was purchased. If you haven’t yet purchased the NCFAS tools, now is the time!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Father Involvement Resources</span></h3> <p>NFPN provides training for practitioners to help them involve fathers in their children’s lives. The Basic and Advanced fatherhood training curricula include:</p> <ul> <li>Script/Training Guide</li> <li>Curriculum Manual</li> <li>Video</li> <li>Case Examples</li> <li>Agency Self-Assessment</li> <li>Activities for Fathers and Children</li> <li>Overcoming Obstacles &#8230; and much more.</li> </ul> <p>You can find complete details on NFPN’s fatherhood resources and obtain a price quote at:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement</a></p> <p>NFPN also offers the fatherhood curricula as online courses. Recently there has been an uptick in the number of workers taking the courses online—it’s a quick and easy way to obtain father involvement training and earn CEU’s:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.academy.reliaslearning.com/" target="_blank">http://nfpn.academy.reliaslearning.com/</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Free Resources</span></h3> <p>NFPN offers many resources at no cost. You can find them here:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/free-resources</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Your Feedback Is Important</span></h3> <p>As NFPN continues to develop training materials, we want to know what needs you have. What products and services are you looking for?</p> <p>Please take 2 minutes to answer our 1-question survey at:<br /> <a href="https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8TF93T" target="_blank">https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H8TF93T</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">We’re Available</span></h3> <p>If you have any questions about NFPN’s resources or what resources would be the best fit for your agency, please contact:</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Exec. Dir.<br /> National Family Preservation Network<br /> <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a> | 888-498-9047</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/327/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=327&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/resources-and-savings-2/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-10-08 13:00 +00:00 2014-10-08 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=325 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/new-resources-for-families-involved-in-substance-abuse/ IFPS Info & Resources Trauma New Resources for Families Involved in Substance Abuse A just-released brief from the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) states that nationwide 11% of children live in a home where at least one parent has a substance abuse disorder. However, two-thirds of children in foster care come from homes with a parent with a substance-abusing problem. Parental substance abuse is the second &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=325&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 13:00:25 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/new-resources-for-families-involved-in-substance-abuse/#respond admin <p>A just-released brief from the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) states that nationwide 11% of children live in a home where at least one parent has a substance abuse disorder. However, two-thirds of children in foster care come from homes with a parent with a substance-abusing problem. Parental substance abuse is the second highest reason for termination of parental rights.</p> <h3>What is being done to help the most vulnerable families involved in substance abuse?</h3> <p>While there is a widespread belief that treatment slots are not available, the SPARC report indicates a careful analysis reveals that as little as 5% of all treatment slots could serve all parents in the child welfare system who need it.</p> <p>Five practice innovations are being used in the child welfare system to address substance abuse:</p> <ol> <li><strong>Screening of Parents:</strong> Four states (ME, OK, Fl, NJ) have adopted universal screening methods.</li> <li><strong>Screening and Assessment of Children for the Effects of Substance Abuse:</strong> Federal law requires screening and assessment for children under age 3 and states are beginning to implement processes.</li> <li><strong>Parent Support:</strong> Recovery coaches and peer advisers are forms of parental support that are helping parents to successfully complete treatment.</li> <li><strong>Evidence-Based Programs:</strong> Celebrating Families, Strengthening Families, and PCIT are some of the recommended programs.</li> <li><strong>Training the Workforce:</strong> Over 55,000 workers have signed up for online training offered by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare<br /> (<a href="https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/training/default.aspx">https://www.ncsacw.samhsa.gov/training/default.aspx</a>).</li> </ol> <h3>Family Drug Courts</h3> <p>Family drug courts is an approach to substance abuse deserving special mention. Phil Breitenbucher, Program Director of the Center for Children and Family Futures, says that there are 346 family drug courts serving over 19,000 families nationwide. Judges created drug courts in 1995 to address substance abuse within the child welfare system.</p> <p>Compared to individual treatment systems alone, family drug courts’ positive outcomes include:</p> <ul> <li>significantly higher rates of parental participation in substance abuse treatment,</li> <li>longer stays in treatment,</li> <li>higher rates of family reunification, and</li> <li>fewer children in foster care.</li> </ul> <p>A detailed manual for developing family drug courts is available here:<br /> (PDF format, 2.4 Mb) <a href="http://bit.ly/1wm7g8m" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/1wm7g8m</a></p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Substance Abuse and Trauma</span></h3> <p>Often accompanying substance abuse is trauma. One study showed a high correlation between substance abuse disorders in women and PTSD, most commonly resulting from a history of childhood physical and sexual abuse. Parents may exhibit:</p> <ul> <li>inconsistent, irritable, explosive, or inflexible discipline;</li> <li>low supervision and involvement;</li> <li>little nurturance;</li> <li>tolerance of youth substance abuse.</li> </ul> <p>In turn, children are much more likely to be traumatized in a home with substance-abusing parents.</p> <p><strong>How can this cycle be changed?</strong></p> <p><em>Seeking Safety </em>is a therapy designed for families experiencing both substance abuse and trauma. Details are available on their website:<br /> <a href="http://www.seekingsafety.org/" target="_blank">http://www.seekingsafety.org/</a></p> <p>There are new and exciting resources that can aid families involved in substance abuse. There is hope and help for these families!</p> <p>For more information on substance abuse and trauma, view this PowerPoint presentation:<br /> (PDF format, 1.2 Mb) <a href="http://bit.ly/1uORCRP" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/1uORCRP</a></p> <p>To view the SPARC brief, visit:<br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/X7BDme" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/X7BDme</a></p> <p>For additional information on drug courts, see <em>The Judges&#8217; Page</em> newsletter, published by the National CASA Association and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges:<br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/1nXKEFT" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/1nXKEFT</a></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/325/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=325&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/09/17/new-resources-for-families-involved-in-substance-abuse/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-09-17 13:00 +00:00 2014-09-17 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=323 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/preventing-child-deaths/ IFPS Info & Resources Preventing Child Deaths My sister, the youngest of five children, died from leukemia at age three. She was incredibly gifted. The first word she spoke clearly was my challenging three-syllable name: Priscilla. She recited the Pledge of Allegiance at age two. I can still recall the sound of my father sobbing behind his bedroom door as he came &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=323&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:00:26 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/preventing-child-deaths/#respond admin <p>My sister, the youngest of five children, died from leukemia at age three.</p> <p>She was incredibly gifted. The first word she spoke clearly was my challenging three-syllable name: Priscilla. She recited the Pledge of Allegiance at age two. I can still recall the sound of my father sobbing behind his bedroom door as he came to the realization that there was no cure for the disease that was taking the life of his beloved child.</p> <p>My sister’s death had a profound impact on my family that continues to this day. It was during that time that I chose a lifelong mission of helping people.</p> <p>Child deaths are not only the result of disease. I think that the most tragic child deaths are the result of abuse and neglect. The loss of these precious little ones also has a profound impact, or should have, on all of us.</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Eliminating Abuse and Neglect Fatalities</span></h3> <p>Some of the brightest minds understood my father’s anguish and went to work on a cure for leukemia. Today, the five-year survival rate of children with the most common type of leukemia is 90%.</p> <p>Yet over 1,500 children nationwide die each year from abuse and neglect, 70% of them under the age of three. Where are the bright minds at work to prevent these deaths?</p> <p>You may recall that several years ago the supercomputer Watson handily defeated the humans in the game of <em>Jeopardy! </em>Afterwards, the developers solicited ideas as to how this computer might be put to best use. I suggested that Watson analyze the common features of child deaths from abuse and neglect in order to develop ways to prevent them. I didn’t receive a response.</p> <p>But just when you start to lose hope, something happens! In 2012, Congress passed the <em>Protect our Kids Act. </em>One of the key provisions of the act was the establishment of the<strong> Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF)</strong>, whose mission is to develop a national strategy and recommendations for reducing fatalities across the country resulting from child abuse and neglect. It will do this by:</p> <ul> <li>raising visibility and building awareness about the problem,</li> <li>reviewing data and best practices to determine what is and is not working,</li> <li>helping to identify solutions,</li> <li>reporting on findings and making recommendations to drive future policy.</li> </ul> <p>The Commission has scheduled public meetings nationwide this year with two already held in San Antonia, Texas; and Tampa, Florida. Upcoming hearings are scheduled in Detroit, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; and Burlington, Vermont.</p> <p>In Texas, Dr. Christopher Greeley, Professor of Pediatrics, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, provided testimony on targeting resources to do the most good. Dr. Greeley and others collect data statewide and focus on the areas with the highest concentration of child abuse deaths.</p> <p>Here is what they’ve discovered are some contributing factors to these deaths:</p> <ul> <li>Drug/alcohol impairment at time of incident</li> <li>History of substance abuse</li> <li>Maltreatment as a child</li> <li>Domestic violence</li> </ul> <p>These are some of the prevention strategies:</p> <ul> <li>Home visitation</li> <li>Parental support programs</li> <li>Addressing maternal mental health</li> <li>Addressing household violence and substance abuse.</li> </ul> <p>It’s a collaborative approach that relies on mapping of incidents, tailoring prevention at the neighborhood level, and piloting strategies to verify benefit.</p> <p>That’s how some bright minds are working to prevent child deaths. All of us have a stake in preventing deaths from child abuse and neglect. Let’s not stop until we get the survival rate above 90%!</p> <p>To learn more about the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities, visit:<br /> <a href="https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/" target="_blank">https://eliminatechildabusefatalities.sites.usa.gov/</a></p> <h2><span class="title">New IFPS Website</span></h2> <p>NFPN is pleased to announce a new website focusing on Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS).</p> <p>The website is a repository of knowledge on IFPS. Current activity in the field of IFPS is posted on the IFPS blog (formerly, IFPS Coast to Coast), which is now part of the IFPS website.</p> <p>Visit the website and blog at:<br /> <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org" target="_blank">http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Priscilla Martens, Exec. Dir.<br /> National Family Preservation Network<br /> <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a> | 888-498-9047</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/323/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=323&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/preventing-child-deaths/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-08-27 13:00 +00:00 2014-08-27 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=321 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/ifps-in-the-spotlight/ IFPS Info & Resources IFPS in the Spotlight The month of July is the high point of the year for the 40th anniversary celebration of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). On July 17, 2014, 60 leaders and advocates of IFPS met in Seattle to talk about the past, present, and future of IFPS. This model—to provide brief, intensive services to keep families safely &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=321&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:00:09 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/ifps-in-the-spotlight/#respond admin <p>The month of July is the high point of the year for the 40th anniversary celebration of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS).</p> <p>On July 17, 2014, 60 leaders and advocates of IFPS met in Seattle to talk about the past, present, and future of IFPS. This model—to provide brief, intensive services to keep families safely together—has withstood the test of time, and the principles of IFPS can be found in all effective, home-based services.</p> <h3>IFPS Website</h3> <p>One outgrowth of this year of celebration is a website dedicated to IFPS. Jointly sponsored by NFPN and the Institute for Family Development, the website debuts today at: <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org">http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/</a></p> <p>The IFPS website serves as a repository of the history of IFPS up to and including comments on the 40th anniversary from the pioneers of the most significant initiative in the child welfare system. The IFPS website also includes some of the earliest documents, which have now been reproduced electronically and are just as relevant today as they were 40 years ago.</p> <p>The website is also the new home of the <a href="http://www.intensivefamilypreservation.org/blog" target="_blank">IFPS Coast to Coast Blog</a> to keep you current with what is happening in the field.</p> <p>Check out the website today!</p> <p>(NFPN would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation for the Seattle event and the development of the website.)</p> <h3>Share Your IFPS Experiences</h3> <p>It’s time for you to join in the celebration!</p> <p>Share what is happening in your state with IFPS, both past and present. Leave a comment below or e-mail <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org" target="_blank">director@nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p><strong>The IFPS website would especially welcome any photos, documents, or other memorabilia from the early days of IFPS.</strong></p> <h3>Media</h3> <p>You can help build awareness of IFPS by providing media releases to your local press and encouraging them to write about IFPS in your state, county, or city.</p> <p>Several media releases on the 40th anniversary of IFPS are available. The federal Children’s Bureau coverage can be found here:<br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/cbeifpsanniversary" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/cbeifpsanniversary</a></p> <p>Peg Marckworth, the IFPS Website and Blog Manager, wrote a media alert with an excellent overview of IFPS that is available here:<br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/ifpspressrelease" target="_blank">http://bit.ly/ifpspressrelease</a> (PDF file, 50 Kb)</p> <h3>Celebrating IFPS</h3> <p>The genius of IFPS is simple yet profound:</p> <ul> <li>Respond immediately when a family is facing removal of a child.</li> <li>Believe in the family when it’s hard for them to believe in themselves.</li> <li>Be available 24/7.</li> <li>Work within the family’s environment.</li> <li>Listen to understand the family’s perspective.</li> <li>Spend a lot of time with the family.</li> <li>Teach by modeling.</li> <li>Enlist the family’s strengths to address their weaknesses.</li> <li>Help the family build resources and resilience for the future.</li> </ul> <p>We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the founders of IFPS who developed, tested, refined, and replicated this model nationwide.</p> <p>One of the earliest founders who continues to be actively involved with IFPS today is Charlotte Booth, Executive Director of the Institute for Family Development. Charlotte received the Lifetime Achievement Award for IFPS at the gala event in Seattle. Please join in congratulating Charlotte for dedicating her entire working career to IFPS!</p> <p>Another pioneer, Eddie Rickenbacker, said, “Aviation is proof that—given the will—we can do the impossible.” The same can be said of IFPS.</p> <p>Happy 40th anniversary, IFPS, and many more to come!</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/321/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=321&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/ifps-in-the-spotlight/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-07-23 13:00 +00:00 2014-07-23 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=319 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/differential-response-and-the-ncfas-g/ Other Differential Response and the NCFAS-G With the rapid expansion of child protective services nationwide since the early 1960s, it was soon apparent that not all families referred for investigation were high-risk and required state intervention. Yet, these lower-risk families could, in many instances, benefit from services that were not available to them unless the state intervened. In the mid-1990s some &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=319&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:00:28 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/differential-response-and-the-ncfas-g/#respond admin <p>With the rapid expansion of child protective services nationwide since the early 1960s, it was soon apparent that not all families referred for investigation were high-risk and required state intervention. Yet, these lower-risk families could, in many instances, benefit from services that were not available to them unless the state intervened.</p> <p>In the mid-1990s some states began to experiment with a new approach. Instead of an investigation of every family to determine whether or not a child abuse/neglect allegation was substantiated, the families deemed moderate- to low-risk were assigned to a Differential Response worker. Parents were offered services on a voluntary basis, in contrast to high-risk families who were ordered by a court to accept services.</p> <p>About half the states nationwide currently offer Differential Response programs. Minnesota was one of the first states to do so, and a 2004 evaluation provided these findings for families receiving differential response services as compared to families receiving services following an investigation:</p> <ul> <li>No decrease in child safety when compared to families with a traditional investigation</li> <li>Fewer re-reports of child maltreatment</li> <li>Families responded more positively to workers</li> <li>Initial cost was greater but was more cost effective in the longer term</li> </ul> <p>In 2008 the Children’s Bureau funded a National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (QIC-DR). Three states (Illinois, Ohio, Colorado) were selected to receive funding in order to evaluate the effectiveness of Differential Response.</p> <p>Here are the just-released findings in common across the sites for families receiving differential response services versus traditional child welfare services:</p> <ul> <li>No decrease in safety compared to families with traditional investigations</li> <li>More face-to-face and telephone contacts</li> <li>More services, more quickly, with an emphasis on mental health and concrete services</li> <li>Families very satisfied with services and more likely to request help in the future</li> <li>Higher initial cost but lower cost over time</li> </ul> <p>These current findings on the effectiveness of Differential Response are very consistent with the earlier findings from Minnesota.</p> <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has been a long-time supporter of Differential Response. In 2006, NFPN partnered with San Mateo County Human Services Agency in California to test an assessment tool (NCFAS-G) with their new Differential Response program. The DR program in San Mateo County targeted moderate-risk families with a 90-day service program. The study found that the NCFAS-G was reliable and valid when used with DR families.</p> <p>The full research report is available here:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfas-g-research-report" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/ncfas-g-research-report</a></p> <p>If your agency offers a Differential Response program and you are interested in using the NCFAS-G with your program, please contact NFPN at 888-498-9047 or <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org" target="_blank">director@nfpn.org</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Differential Response, visit the QIC-DR:<br /> <a href="http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/pediatrics/subs/can/QIC-DR/Pages/QIC-DR.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/pediatrics/subs/can/QIC-DR/Pages/QIC-DR.aspx</a></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/319/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=319&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/differential-response-and-the-ncfas-g/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-06-12 13:00 +00:00 2014-06-12 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=311 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/2014-ifps-nationwide-survey-report/ IFPS Info & Resources 2014 IFPS Nationwide Survey Report The National Family Preservation (NFPN) has conducted nationwide surveys of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) in 1994, 2007, 2011, and now 2014. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of IFPS (Homebuilders® model) so NFPN is publishing a special survey edition. Here are the highlights: In the first nationwide survey of IFPS in 1994 a half-dozen &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=311&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:05 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/2014-ifps-nationwide-survey-report/#respond admin <p><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png"><img data-attachment-id="313" data-permalink="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/2014-ifps-nationwide-survey-report/1992_2014_ifps_reports/" data-orig-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png" data-orig-size="405,250" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="1992_2014_ifps_reports" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png?w=300&#038;h=185" data-large-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png?w=405" class="alignright wp-image-313 size-medium" style="margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:10px;" src="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png?w=300&#038;h=185" alt="1992_2014_ifps_reports" width="300" height="185" srcset="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png?w=300&amp;h=185 300w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png?w=150&amp;h=93 150w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/05/1992_2014_ifps_reports.png 405w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>The National Family Preservation (NFPN) has conducted nationwide surveys of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) in 1994, 2007, 2011, and now 2014. This year marks the fortieth anniversary of IFPS (Homebuilders® model) so NFPN is publishing a special survey edition. Here are the highlights:</p> <p>In the first nationwide survey of IFPS in 1994 a half-dozen states reported they had implemented the Homebuilders® model of IFPS on a statewide basis (75% or more of counties). Kentucky, Missouri, New Jersey, and Michigan have continuously provided IFPS while Tennessee and Louisiana discontinued IFPS for a period of time. Twenty years later 12 states responding to the survey have a statewide model of IFPS based on the Homebuilders® model.</p> <ul> <li>The 12 exemplary states report that they serve 11,364 families annually.</li> <li>Seven of the 12 exemplary states require 30 or more hours of <em>initial</em> training on IFPS while eight states require <em>ongoing </em>training.</li> </ul> <p>What others have said about the Homebuilders® model of IFPS:</p> <blockquote><p>“Many people who argue for the removal of children see the damage which has been done by abusive or neglectful parents. I can understand that. However, they are not around to see the long-term damage to children that can result from acting hastily or unnecessarily to remove them from their families. They also do not see the enormous successes that have resulted from our family preservation efforts, even sometimes with families once thought to be beyond hope. We hear from many families (96 percent in the latest study) that family preservation is exactly what they needed to help them deal with their problems-and they would recommend it for other families.&#8221;</p> <p>— Gerald Miller, Director, Michigan Department of Social Services, _<em>Detroit News_, </em>August 27, 1993.</p></blockquote> <p><span style="color:#ffffff;">.</span></p> <blockquote><p>“It is a timeless model that encourages and supports the fundamental belief that all children need and deserve a family.”</p> <p>— Douglas Nelson, Retired President and CEO of the Annie E. Casey Foundation).</p></blockquote> <p><span style="color:#ffffff;">.</span></p> <blockquote><p>“Family preservation services appeal to our better side. With their constant commitment to the strengths, not weaknesses, of families in trouble, they are proving that most families can learn to stay together, that people can change.”</p> <p>— Bill Moyers, _<em>Families First_, </em>PBS documentary</p></blockquote> <p>Here’s a glimpse at the future of IFPS:</p> <blockquote><p>NFPN and the Institute for Family Development (IFD) are jointly developing an IFPS Repository. The website will serve as the electronic library for irreplaceable memorabilia and documents from the past, current documents that are critical to retaining and expanding the knowledge base of IFPS, and room for growth to add more documents in the future.</p></blockquote> <p>And, here’s the last word in honor of the 40th anniversary of IFPS:</p> <blockquote><p>The Homebuilders® model of IFPS services is the most important development in the history of services to families.</p> <p>Demonstrating that the most challenging families can safely remain together, offering these families unlimited access to intensive services, treating them as partners, and anticipating that they can and will change in a brief period of time is an audacious undertaking.</p> <p>And one that has withstood the test of time.</p></blockquote> <p>To view the complete IFPS Survey Report, visit:<br /> <a href="//nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey" target="_blank"> http://nfpn.org/preservation/2014-ifps-survey</a></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/311/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=311&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/2014-ifps-nationwide-survey-report/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 1992_2014_ifps_reports 2014-05-20 13:00 +00:00 2014-05-20 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=308 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/federal-programs-to-preserve-families/ IFPS Info & Resources Federal Programs to Preserve Families Over the 22 years of its existence, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has advocated for federal programs to preserve families. The first was the Family Preservation and Support Services Program enacted by Congress in 1993. This federal program was later changed to Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF). The PSSF program was most recently &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=308&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 13:00:50 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/federal-programs-to-preserve-families/#respond admin <p>Over the 22 years of its existence, the National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) has advocated for federal programs to preserve families. The first was the Family Preservation and Support Services Program enacted by Congress in 1993.</p> <p>This federal program was later changed to Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF). The PSSF program was most recently reauthorized in 2011 for a period of five years. There are currently four categories of services that can be funded through PSSF:</p> <ul> <li>Family preservation services</li> <li>Family support services</li> <li>Time-limited family reunification services</li> <li>Adoption promotion and support services</li> </ul> <p>For FY 2013 the total amount of funding was approximately $310.8 million. States are required to spend 20% for each of the four categories unless they provide a rationale for spending less. Administrative costs cannot exceed 10%. The following chart shows how states planned to allocate expenditures for the most recent fiscal year:</p> <p><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png"><img data-attachment-id="309" data-permalink="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/federal-programs-to-preserve-families/federal-programs-figure2/" data-orig-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png" data-orig-size="902,521" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="federal-programs-figure2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=600&#038;h=346" class="alignnone wp-image-309 size-large" src="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=600&#038;h=346" alt="Promoting Safe and Stable Families FY 2013 Planned Expeditures" width="600" height="346" srcset="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=600&amp;h=346 600w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=150&amp;h=87 150w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=300&amp;h=173 300w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png?w=768&amp;h=444 768w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/federal-programs-figure2.png 902w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a></p> <p>In addition to the four categories of funding, the PSSF program also provides funding to ensure that children in foster care are visited monthly by their caseworkers, grants to increase the well-being and permanency of children affected by substance abuse, and authorization for up to 10 new child welfare waiver demonstration projects per year (Title IV-E Waivers).</p> <p>Federal child welfare waivers are important because they allow states more flexible use of federal funds to improve child welfare services. Funds that ordinarily would be used only for children in out-of-home placement can also be used for preventive services.</p> <p>Casey Family Programs has been one of the strongest advocates of Title IV-E Waivers. Here are their findings reported for the outcome of Florida’s waiver:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;The implementation of Florida’s IV-E waiver began in October 2006. Florida is a privatized child welfare system in which 20 lead agencies manage service delivery in Florida’s 67 counties. These lead agencies have funded a wide array of prevention and early intervention services, as well as services designed to find permanent families for children in foster care who cannot safely be returned to birth parents.</p> <p>&#8220;Most lead agencies have expanded diversion services, including intensive in-home services that utilize a family team approach and that support families through a variety of educational and concrete services, such as homemaker services. Florida’s lead agencies have also made major new investments in family team meetings and enhanced relative search, and in specialized staff who expedite permanency planning and ensure that children are placed in permanent homes that can meet their needs.</p> <p>&#8220;Florida’s foster care population declined from almost 29,000 children in FY 2006, when the waiver agreement was signed, to 18,534 children in care in February 2010, a reduction of more than one-third in less than four years. Some Florida counties have reduced their foster care populations by 50 to 60 percent since the waiver was implemented. It is apparent that Florida’s lead agencies have developed a new paradigm of child protection based on strengthening in-home services to children and families. It is extremely encouraging that during the timeframe that entries decreased, maltreatment recurrence also declined significantly and is currently consistent with the national average.&#8221;</p></blockquote> <p>Thus two key federal programs, PSSF and Title IV-E Waivers, have provided ongoing funding and positive results for family preservation.</p> <p>(Eileen West, ACF/Children’s Bureau, contributed information about the PSSF program.)</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/308/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=308&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/federal-programs-to-preserve-families/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast Promoting Safe and Stable Families FY 2013 Planned Expeditures 2014-04-23 13:00 +00:00 2014-04-23 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=303 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/new-research-on-assessment-exit-instruments-successful-outcomes/ Reunification New Research on Assessment, Exit Instruments, & Successful Outcomes The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to release today a comprehensive research study that includes family assessment, engagement, exit instruments, and factors that are specifically associated with successful reunification. The study pioneered a number of “firsts” including: First NFPN research study that included all three initiatives of family preservation, reunification, and father-involvement. First &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=303&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 13:00:05 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/new-research-on-assessment-exit-instruments-successful-outcomes/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is pleased to release today a comprehensive research study that includes family assessment, engagement, exit instruments, and factors that are specifically associated with successful reunification.<br /> The study pioneered a number of “firsts” including:</p> <ul> <li>First NFPN research study that included all three initiatives of family preservation, reunification, and father-involvement.</li> <li>First time the NCFAS-G assessment tool has been tested in a research study with both front-end prevention services (differential response) and placement prevention services.</li> <li>First time that exit instruments have been designed and tested to align questions for the worker and parent(s) which also correspond to the NCFAS assessment tools.</li> </ul> <p>The comprehensive study includes these major findings:</p> <h3><span class="subtitle">Assessment</span></h3> <ul> <li>Excellent reliability of the NCFAS-G with differential response and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) families</li> <li>Adequate to excellent reliability of the NCFAS-R and NCFAS-G+R with reunification services</li> <li>Substantial progress by both intact and reunifying families between intake and case closure. Improvements on all 10 domains of the NCFAS tools were statistically significant.</li> </ul> <h3> <span class="subtitle">Exit Instruments</span></h3> <p>Exit instruments were designed for both intact and reunifying families. The instruments are believed to be the first that provide similar questions for both the worker and the parent(s). The questions generally correspond to items on the NCFAS scales. The forms are completed at termination of services. They are intended to measure the level of engagement of the worker with the parent(s) and the interaction of case planning, delivery of services, and outcomes. Here are the findings:</p> <ul> <li>For families completing services, there is close alignment between worker and caregiver on responses for both intact and reunifying families.The only exception was the caregiver’s perception of insufficient quantity of concrete services for reunification.</li> <li>For families that do not complete services, the worker and caregiver perceptions can be starkly different. Compare the worker/caregiver responses for families completing reunification services with the worker/caregiver responses for families not completing reunification services on the following questions:  (<em>Note: Click the image to open a larger view in your web browser.)</em> <p><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png"><img data-attachment-id="304" data-permalink="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/new-research-on-assessment-exit-instruments-successful-outcomes/table10/" data-orig-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png" data-orig-size="785,490" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="Table10" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=300" data-large-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=600&#038;h=374" class="alignnone wp-image-304 size-large" src="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=600&#038;h=374" alt="Table 10 from Reunification Research Report 2014" width="600" height="374" srcset="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=600&amp;h=374 600w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=150&amp;h=94 150w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=300&amp;h=187 300w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png?w=768&amp;h=479 768w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/table10.png 785w" sizes="(max-width: 600px) 100vw, 600px" /></a></li> </ul> <h3> <p>Factors Involved in Successful Reunifications</h3> <p><strong><em>Demographic Factors</em></strong><br /> Let’s look first at what factors did not affect outcomes for reunifying families. The list includes these caregiver demographic factors:</p> <ul> <li>Race</li> <li>Marital Status</li> <li>Employment</li> <li>Substance Abuse</li> <li>Mental Health</li> <li>Depression</li> <li>Domestic Violence</li> </ul> <p>This research supports previous findings that intensive services are effective with a broad variety of families including those families with presenting problems that are considered high barriers to successful reunification such as substance abuse, mental illness, and domestic violence.</p> <p><strong><em>Services</em></strong><br /> Of the services that workers provided to reunifying families, three stand out as having a post-intervention effect. Thus, at three months post-reunification services, families that had received concrete services, step-down services, and father-engagement services were more likely to remain together than the families that had not received these services.</p> <p><strong>You can read the entire Research Report at:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/reunification/reunification-research</a></strong></p> <p>NFPN is offering the <strong>Exit Instruments</strong> at a low one-time price for any agency that is interested in using them. You can order and pay online for the instruments at the link below. Note that the instruments are included at free with any new purchase or upgrade of the NCFAS-G or NCFAS-G+R assessment tools.<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/products/exit-instruments" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/products/exit-instruments</a></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/303/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=303&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/new-research-on-assessment-exit-instruments-successful-outcomes/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast Table 10 from Reunification Research Report 2014 2014-03-26 13:00 +00:00 2014-03-26 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=297 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/timeless-treasures/ Other Timeless Treasures I’ve been thinking a lot about timeless treasures. My last parent died in 2013 and I’ve unearthed amazing treasures going through the nooks and crannies of the 100-year old farmhouse where my parents lived. One of my discoveries was a box of 80 handkerchiefs, all hand-knitted. I looked at them for a while but decided &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=297&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 14:00:21 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/timeless-treasures/#respond admin <p><a href="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png"><img data-attachment-id="300" data-permalink="https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/timeless-treasures/hankiequilt/" data-orig-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png" data-orig-size="2094,1131" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;}" data-image-title="HankieQuilt" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=300&#038;h=162" data-large-file="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=600" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-300" alt="HankieQuilt" src="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=300&#038;h=162" width="300" height="162" srcset="https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=300&amp;h=162 300w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=600&amp;h=324 600w, https://nfpnnewsnotes.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/hankiequilt.png?w=150&amp;h=81 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>I’ve been thinking a lot about timeless treasures. My last parent died in 2013 and I’ve unearthed amazing treasures going through the nooks and crannies of the 100-year old farmhouse where my parents lived.</p> <p>One of my discoveries was a box of 80 handkerchiefs, all hand-knitted. I looked at them for a while but decided not to take them as I didn’t know what to do with them. When I arrived home that evening, there was the box of hankies among the other items! My friend who was helping me said she couldn’t bear to see the hankies go to auction. Instead, she found a picture of a handkerchief quilt to show me and immediately those 80 hankies increased in value.</p> <p>As you can see from the photo, the formation of the quilt featuring the re-purposed hankies is coming along nicely.</p> <p>Let’s explore some timeless treasures that can help us in our work with families:</p> <p><strong>1. How can we build a knowledge base about families that will provide guidance for the services they need and the results everyone wants to see?</strong><br /> It begins with assessment and the timeless treasure here is <i>Comprehensive Family Assessment Guidelines for Child Welfare </i>(Patricia Schene).</p> <p><a href="http://1.usa.gov/1feam7F" target="_blank">http://1.usa.gov/1feam7F</a> (PDF, 340 KB)</p> <p><strong>2. Is it possible to build a child welfare system in a county of over 1 million people that simultaneously keeps families safely together whenever possible, reunites them or places a high percentage of children with kin when reunification is not possible, and prevents child deaths?</strong><br /> Allegheny County Department of Human Services has been doing that for the past 18 years. Marc Cherna, the director, is the first person ever awarded the Casey Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Child Welfare Leadership. To learn how Mr. Cherna and his staff established this quality system visit:</p> <p><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></p> <p><strong>3. Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS) have been around for 40 years. How do we know if they are effective?</strong><br /> One treasure of effectiveness is a large, multi-year study conducted in North Carolina. More than 1,200 children who had received IFPS services were compared with over 110,000 children who had not received these services. IFPS outperformed traditional child welfare services in every case by reducing the number of placements or delaying placements. IFPS interventions improved family functioning and were most effective with the highest risk families.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/evaluation-of-north-carolina-ifps">http://www.nfpn.org/articles/evaluation-of-north-carolina-ifps</a></p> <p><strong>4. If children do need to be placed in out-of-home care, how can they be reunified with their families? What works and what doesn’t work?<br /> </strong>Here’s a compilation of evidence-based practice:</p> <p><a href="http://1.usa.gov/Ma7VHI" target="_blank">http://1.usa.gov/Ma7VHI</a></p> <p><strong>5. Which family member is often missing in action?</strong><br /> Over the past decade, the importance of healthy father involvement has moved to the forefront in best practice with families. What do we know about fathers? View a foundational document for involving fathers:</p> <p><a href="http://1.usa.gov/1feaYdn" target="_blank">http://1.usa.gov/1feaYdn</a> (PDF, 1.2 MB)</p> <p><span style="color:#ffffff;">.</span></p> <h3><strong>What can you do with all of these timeless treasures?</strong></h3> <p>One way is to share them! These documents can be put to good use by new workers, colleagues, evaluators, and quality assurance staff. Timeless treasures need to be revitalized, re-purposed, and reviewed. Remember the box of 80 hankies!</p> <p>And, here’s a repository for information on assessment, family preservation, reunification, and father-involvement: NFPN News Notes is 10 years old and editions are searchable by topic. 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The year 2014 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year at NFPN. How about at your agency? The following is what is on the horizon for NFPN. We would like your input where noted: 1. 40th Anniversary of IFPS This year marks the 40th anniversary of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Forty &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=295&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 22 Jan 2014 17:00:22 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/a-busy-and-exciting-year/#respond admin <p>The year 2014 is shaping up to be a busy and exciting year at NFPN. How about at your agency?</p> <p>The following is what is on the horizon for NFPN. We would like your input where noted:</p> <h3>1. 40th Anniversary of IFPS</h3> <p>This year marks the 40th anniversary of Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). Forty years ago the HOMEBUILDERS® model was established in Washington State. The model is housed at the Institute for Family Development (IFD). NFPN and IFD are jointly planning to celebrate the occasion in a variety of ways that will include documenting the history, effectiveness, and impact of IFPS. More information is posted on the <a href="http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">IFPS Blog</a>.</p> <p>We invite your input through sharing how IFPS started in your state and/or agency. We would like to gather as much information as possible from the early days of IFPS:</p> <ul> <li>Who was involved in starting IFPS in your area?</li> <li>How was it funded?</li> <li>Who provided staff training? (Note: Many staff were initially trained through funding and trainers provided by the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.)</li> <li>Do you have pictures from the early days of IFPS that you can share?</li> <li>What are some of your earliest memories of IFPS?</li> </ul> <h3>2. New Trauma Domains</h3> <p>NFPN has previously announced that new domains of trauma and post-trauma well-being will be added to the NCFAS assessment tools. There will be five subscales for each of the new domains plus the overall rating.</p> <p>We have received a lot of inquiries asking when the new domains will be available. In February, we are entering a six-month period of testing to be followed by research analysis to determine reliability and validity. So, we’re at least 10–12 months out from releasing the new domains.</p> <p>But, there’s a lot to do in the meantime, and here’s where you can help. The big questions now are:</p> <ul> <li>How is your agency preparing for trauma-informed practice?</li> <li>What training, resources, and referral processes does your agency have in place (or is setting up) to address trauma?</li> </ul> <p>Please let NFPN know so that we can share information and resources.</p> <h3>3. Online Family Assessment Database Development</h3> <p>The new domains will require new databases for the NCFAS tools. Currently, NFPN offers computer software for electronic entry of ratings. We will continue to offer the database on CD, but we would also like to develop a more comprehensive online database with research-level reporting features.</p> <p>We need partners to contribute to the costs of development. If you are interested in partnering with NFPN, or if you have a low-cost online database that might be an option for NCFAS entry, please contact NFPN.</p> <h3>Resources</h3> <p>And, finally, here’s a quick summary of NFPN’s resources to choose from this year:</p> <p><em><strong>Assessment Tools</strong></em><br /> NFPN offers assessment tools that measure family functioning: NCFAS-G, and NCFAS-G+R. The tools are used by over 900 agencies nationwide and 13 other countries. Dozens of research studies have established strong reliability and validity of the tools. A wide variety of child and family-serving systems use the tools: child welfare, mental health, behavioral health, juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, home visiting, housing, schools, and many others.</p> <p>The training package for each tool includes the license, scale and definitions, case example with recommended ratings, FAQs, PowerPoint for training, database software CD for computer entry and a comprehensive user guide, and data CDs containing electronic copies all of the printed materials.<br /> For more information on the tools, samples of the scales/definitions, and research reports, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <p>For an automated price quote, please complete the online form:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools-price-quote" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools-price-quote</a></p> <p><em><strong>Father Involvement</strong></em><br /> NFPN offers two fatherhood training curricula (Basic and Advanced) with comprehensive training packages including how to train on the materials. The curricula are also available as three online courses. The basic curriculum was tested in a research project on motivating and training social workers to involve fathers. The successful demonstration project laid the groundwork for developing additional resources, <em>The Complete Guide to Father Involvement </em>and the <em>IFPS Guide to Father Involvement.</em></p> <p>For more information on the training curricula, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package</a></p> <p>To take the courses online, visit:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.cequick.com/Engaging-Fathers.aspx" target="_blank">http://nfpn.cequick.com/Engaging-Fathers.aspx</a></p> <p>To purchase <em>The Complete Guide to Father Involvement, </em>visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv</a></p> <p>To download the free <em>IFPS Guide to Father Involvement, </em>visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/ifps-guide-to-father-inv" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/ifps-guide-to-father-inv</a></p> <p><em><strong>Training and Technical Assistance</strong></em><br /> NFPN offers onsite <em>training </em>on our resources for large-scale (over 100 workers) implementation or research projects ($1,000/day plus travel expenses). We provide <em>technical assistance</em> on development, implementation, evaluation, and research in the areas of family preservation, reunification, and father involvement ($1,000/day includes access to experts in the field).</p> <p>We’re always available to answer questions about our resources and help you get started using them at no cost.</p> <p>For training or technical assistance needs, and to provide the information requested above, please e-mail or phone Priscilla Martens, NFPN Executive Director, <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org</a>, 888-498-9047.</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/295/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=295&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2014/01/22/a-busy-and-exciting-year/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2014-01-22 17:00 +00:00 2014-01-22 09:00 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=290 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/wrapping-up-2013/ Other Wrapping Up 2013 The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is wrapping up a busy and exciting year. Here are some achievements from the past year: 1. IFPS Coast-to-Coast Blog NFPN assisted with the start-up of the blog, provides technical support services, and regularly contributes posts. As the only nationwide social media focused solely on family preservation, the blog &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=290&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 14:00:16 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/wrapping-up-2013/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is wrapping up a busy and exciting year. Here are some achievements from the past year:</p> <h3>1. IFPS Coast-to-Coast Blog</h3> <p>NFPN assisted with the start-up of the blog, provides technical support services, and regularly contributes posts. As the only nationwide social media focused solely on family preservation, the blog is a source of knowledge and best practice on IFPS, a quick reference guide, and an interactive forum to share ideas and expertise. You can join the conversation at:<br /> <a href="http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/</a></p> <h3>2. Tennessee Tests IFPS</h3> <p>A federally-funded project in Nashville is conducting a demonstration to determine the effectiveness of IFPS with families involved in substance abuse. NFPN provided training on IFPS and the assessment tools, technical assistance, and an onsite evaluation in support of this project.</p> <h3>3. Statewide Use of Assessment Tool</h3> <p>Missouri becomes the first state in the nation to use the NCFAS-G+R assessment tool with all child welfare programs, including use by both state employees and private providers.</p> <h3>4. New Domains for the Assessment Tools</h3> <p>NFPN is in the process of adding Trauma and Post-Trauma Well-Being domains to the NCFAS assessment tools. The new domains have been drafted and will be ready for testing in early 2014. After reliability and validity is established, the new domains will be available both as a supplement to the current tools/training packages and as part of a new all-in-one tool/training package. We’re aiming for release in early 2015.</p> <h3>5. Cultural Competence Training Package</h3> <p>In partnership with the Alaska Office of Children’s Services (OCS), and the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Child and Family Service, NFPN developed a case study of an Alaska Native family. Then, 55 workers from a variety of national and international programs, assessed the virtual family using the NCFAS tools. Findings indicated that the NCFAS scales are applicable across various racial, cultural, and ethnic groups, and the scales also exhibit good inter-rater reliability. For more information, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/cultural-competence" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/cultural-competence</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>As we say farewell to 2013, NFPN is eagerly looking forward to partnering with you on behalf of families in 2014. Thank you for everything that you do to promote family preservation!</p> <p><strong>There’s still time to order NFPN training products</strong>, if you do it soon. All orders must be placed and paid by Friday, December 20, for guaranteed delivery this calendar year. Online payment is available for a one-week turnaround between invoicing and delivery within the USA.</p> <p>Visit the NFPN Web site to view all tools/training packages and other resources:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/products/" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/products/</a></p> <p><span style="color:#800000;"><br /> <strong>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!</strong></span></p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/290/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=290&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/12/11/wrapping-up-2013/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2013-12-11 14:00 +00:00 2013-12-11 06:00 -08:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=287 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/preparing-for-trauma-informed-assessment-and-practice/ Trauma Preparing for Trauma-Informed Assessment and Practice The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is adding trauma and post-trauma well-being domains to the NCFAS assessment tools. These new domains may be the first assessment measure of family functioning for trauma and post-trauma well-being. One of the most frequent comments we hear is that agencies are not prepared to help families after trauma has &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=287&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 14:00:37 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/preparing-for-trauma-informed-assessment-and-practice/#respond admin <p>The National Family Preservation Network (NFPN) is adding trauma and post-trauma well-being domains to the NCFAS assessment tools. These new domains may be the first assessment measure of family functioning for trauma and post-trauma well-being.</p> <p>One of the most frequent comments we hear is that agencies are not prepared to help families after trauma has been identified. NFPN addressed this issue in the March edition of NFPN News Notes and we will now address it in greater depth. There are also new resources available on trauma-informed practice.</p> <p>A good source of background information is a federal RFP that sought proposals for promoting well-being and adoption after trauma (grants awarded in October): Children who come to the attention of the child welfare system have disproportionally high rates of social-emotional, behavioral, and mental health challenges. Recent studies using different samples and measurement approaches show prevalence rates among this population between 42 percent and 60 percent:</p> <ul> <li>Analyses of data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) reveal that approximately half of the children between the ages of 2 and 14 with completed child welfare investigations have a need for mental health services.</li> <li>Children in in-home care (with or without services) and those in out-of-home care show little difference in the degree of mental and behavioral health problems.</li> </ul> <p>This is what the federal government wants to see when funding agencies that address trauma and well-being:</p> <ul> <li>Have <strong>universal screening</strong> for the early identification of children and youth with behavioral and mental health needs;</li> <li>Use <strong>functional assessment</strong> to determine individual strengths and needs, refer to services that address those trauma, mental and behavioral health needs and monitor progress over time;</li> <li>Develop <strong>ongoing progress monitoring and data-driven tracking</strong> of well-being outcomes at the client and system level;</li> <li>Ensure <strong>access to effective treatments and services</strong> by creating an overall service array that is consistent with and meets the aggregate needs of the child welfare population; and</li> <li><strong>Eliminate barriers to cross-system, multi-agency cooperation</strong>.</li> </ul> <p>That’s a lot to bite off at one time! So, what are some smaller steps that any agency can take?</p> <ul> <li>Help workers understand the nature and effects of trauma. Basic training on trauma is available through a resource developed by the New Jersey Child Welfare Training Academy and is available on the NFPN website:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/trauma-training" target="_blank">http://www.nfpn.org/articles/trauma-training</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Provide ongoing training to workers. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers a free, comprehensive resource: The second edition of <i>The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit</i> is now available at<br /> <a href="http://www.nctsn.org/products/child-welfare-trauma-training-toolkit-2008" target="_blank">http://www.nctsn.org/products/child-welfare-trauma-training-toolkit-2008</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Help families understand trauma and well-being. Here are two resources that are designed for use with parents: <ul> <li>Georgetown University, Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers (healthy social and emotional development, includes when to seek help):<br /> <a href="http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/72824.html" target="_blank">http://gucchd.georgetown.edu/72824.html</a></li> <li><em>Parenting a Child Who Has Been Sexually Abused: A Guide for Foster and Adoptive Parents</em>:<br /> <a href="https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_abused/f_abused.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f_abused/f_abused.pdf</a></li> </ul> </li> </ul> <ul> <li>Workers serving families with school-age children can find trauma resources for schools here: <a href="http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/separating-the-child-from-the-trauma/" target="_blank">http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/separating-the-child-from-the-trauma/</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Find out what resources are available within your agency, community, and state. Here’s one approach that an agency developed: (See page 2.)<br /> <a href="http://friendsnrc.org/parent-advisory-council/parent-and-practitioner-newsletter/doc_download/1635-parent-and-practitioner-newsletter-summer-2013" target="_blank">FRIENDS Parent and Practitioner Newsletter—Summer, 2013</a></li> </ul> <ul> <li>Your agency may already have an effective service for trauma. The first IFPS model, HOMEBUILDERS®, was developed to prevent the psychiatric hospitalization of severely behaviorally disturbed children. For over three decades, IFPS has been successfully serving families in the child welfare system in which up to half of the children need mental health services. For more information on the effectiveness of IFPS in addressing mental health issues, view the IFPS blog post this week:<br /> <a href="http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/ifps-and-mental-health/" target="_blank">http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/2011/11/20/ifps-and-mental-health/</a></li> </ul> <p>NFPN will be revisiting the issue of trauma/well-being in the months to come and providing additional information and resources. 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The recent federal shutdown resulted in some anxiety, uncertainty, and turmoil for staff of many programs and agencies. Now it’s time for all us to get back on track, and NFPN would like to assist you with regrouping. NCFAS Assessment Tools NFPN continues to offer top-ranked assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-R, NCFAS-G+R, and Spanish versions) that &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=281&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:00:11 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/how-can-we-help-you/#respond admin <p>The recent federal shutdown resulted in some anxiety, uncertainty, and turmoil for staff of many programs and agencies. Now it’s time for all us to get back on track, and NFPN would like to assist you with regrouping.</p> <h3><b>NCFAS Assessment Tools</b></h3> <p>NFPN continues to offer top-ranked assessment tools (NCFAS-G, NCFAS-R, NCFAS-G+R, and Spanish versions) that measure family functioning. Several agencies purchased the tools this year for statewide use. Other agencies are using the tools with new programs. Still others use the tool with federally-funded demonstration projects.</p> <p><strong>NFPN is aware that some agencies had to put off purchasing the tools due to the federal shutdown.</strong> <strong>For this reason, NFPN is extending our fall savings through November 15.</strong> With every order of an assessment tool training package, you will receive free shipping and a free <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/cultural-competence" target="_blank">Cultural Competence Training Package</a>.</p> <p>For more information on all assessment tools, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools</a></p> <h3><b>Assessment Tool for Least Developed Countries</b></h3> <p>NFPN developed a simplified assessment tool for use in non-English speaking, least developed countries. The Family Assessment—LDC Tool has been tested in Ethiopia and in Nepal over the past two years with good results.</p> <p>If your agency provides services internationally, please contact NFPN regarding potential use of this assessment tool.</p> <p>For more information, visit:<br /> <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/family-assessment-ldc-tool">http://www.nfpn.org/assessment-tools/family-assessment-ldc-tool</a></p> <h3><b>Training and Technical Assistance</b></h3> <p>NFPN conducted the highest-ever number of onsite trainings this year on the assessment tools and Intensive Family Preservation Services (IFPS). We’re currently scheduling onsite training dates for 2014, so contact us right away if you are planning large-scale implementation of any of the NCFAS assessment tools.</p> <p>The onsite training is provided by NFPN board members who have years of experience and expertise with the assessment tools, IFPS, and more. Most recently, board members provided training on clinical intervention, father-involvement, supervision, and reunification. Trainings are consistently given high ratings by participants. Visit the NFPN website to <a href="http://www.nfpn.org/about-nfpn/board-members" target="_blank">meet the board members and learn about their expertise</a>.</p> <p>We’re always available by e-mail or phone to respond to questions related to training and technical assistance. The most frequent technical assistance inquiries are related to optimal use of the assessment tool training packages, database issues, and establishing new or strengthening current IFPS programs.</p> <p>Here are two <strong>free resources on IFPS</strong> that are in frequent demand:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-toolkit" target="_blank">IFPS ToolKit</a></li> <li><a href="http://nfpn.org/preservation/ifps-nationwide-survey" target="_blank">IFPS Nationwide Survey</a></li> </ul> <h3><b>Web Database</b></h3> <p>NFPN currently provides a database on CD for electronic entry of the assessment tool ratings. Easy to install and simple to use, it’s the most cost-effective database that we can provide with the training packages. However, the database cannot be easily revised and it does not allow for remote entry.</p> <p>NFPN would like to develop a web database and we’re looking for several agencies to partner with us on development and costs. If you’re interested in this project, please <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">contact NFPN</a>.</p> <h3><b>Father-Involvement Resources</b></h3> <p>There is currently renewed interest nationwide in training and motivating workers to involve fathers in their children’s lives. NFPN has materials to train <i>practitioners </i>that include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/basic-training-package" target="_blank">Basic Fatherhood Training Curriculum Training Package</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/advanced-training-pack" target="_blank">Advanced Fatherhood Training Curriculum Training Package </a></li> <li><a href="http://nfpn.org/father-involvement/online-courses" target="_blank">Online Courses on Father-Involvement</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv" target="_blank">Complete Guide to Father Involvement</a> (Free with purchase of training curriculum)</li> </ul> <p><strong>Free Resources:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://nfpn.org/father-involvement/guide-to-father-inv" target="_blank">IFPS Guide to Father Involvement</a></li> <li><a href="http://nfpn.org/father-involvement/father-child-visits" target="_blank">Father-Child Visits</a></li> </ul> <p><strong>NFPN is offering special pricing on fatherhood training materials through November 15.</strong> Ten practitioners can be trained on the Basic and Advanced Fatherhood Training Curricula for $200 with $20 per additional practitioner.</p> <p>To request a price quote, visit:<br /> <a href="http://nfpn.org/fatherinvolvement/fatherhoodform/" target="_blank">http://nfpn.org/fatherinvolvement/fatherhoodform/</a></p> <h3><b>Website and Blogs</b></h3> <p>Lots of information is available online from NFPN and free resources include:</p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/articles/" target="_blank">Articles</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.nfpn.org/videos/" target="_blank">Videos</a></li> <li><a href="http://nfpn.org" target="_blank">NFPN’s Website </a></li> <li><a href="http://ifpscoasttocoast.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">IFPS Blog</a></li> </ul> <p>If you’re not sure where to begin with all of this information, e-mail or call and we’ll help you get you started!</p> <p>Priscilla Martens<br /> NFPN Executive Director<br /> <a href="mailto:director@nfpn.org">director@nfpn.org<br /> </a>888-498-9047</p><br /> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godelicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/delicious/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gofacebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/facebook/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gotwitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/twitter/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gostumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/stumble/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/godigg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/digg/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/goreddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/reddit/nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/281/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=281&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/how-can-we-help-you/feed/ 0 ifpscoasttocoast 2013-10-23 13:00 +00:00 2013-10-23 06:00 -07:00 http://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/?p=278 https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/evidence-based-practice/ IFPS Info & Resources Evidence-Based Practice There is perhaps no more frequently used term in the child welfare field today than “evidence-based practice.” Let’s take a look at the definition and evolution of evidence-based practice, why it is important, and an example. In 2005 the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) published guidelines for evidence-based practice. NAPCWA noted the &#8230;<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com&#038;blog=55531861&#038;post=278&#038;subd=nfpnnewsnotes&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" /> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:00:17 Z https://nfpnnewsnotes.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/evidence-based-practice/#respond admin <p>There is perhaps no more frequently used term in the child welfare field today than “evidence-based practice.” Let’s take a look at the definition and evolution of evidence-based practice, why it is important, and an example.</p> <p>In 2005 the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) published guidelines for evidence-based practice. NAPCWA noted the following issues surrounding evidence-based practice:</p> <ol> <li>The base of solid empirical research on child welfare practice is still developing.</li> <li>Child welfare practices cannot simply be divided into “evidence-based” and “non-evidence based.” There is a continuum from highly research supported practice at one end to very questionable and concerning practices at the other end.</li> <li>There is no universally accepted definition or classification of evidence-based practice.</li> </ol> <p>NAPCWA adapted a definition of evidence-based practice from the Institute of Medicine that combines three factors:</p> <ol> <li>Best research evidence</li> <li>Best clinical experience</li> <li>Consistent with family/client values</li> </ol> <p>In order to operationalize these factors and provide objective measures, the <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/" target="_blank">California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare</a> (CEBC) was established ( <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/" target="_blank">http://www.cebc4cw.org/</a> ). A practice is rated based on the following criteria:</p> <p>1 — Well-Supported by Research Evidence<br /> 2 — Supported by Research Evidence<br /> 3 — Promising Research Evidence<br /> 4 — Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect<br /> 5 — Concerning Practice<br /> NR — Not Able to be Rated</p> <p>The CEBC relies on published, peer-reviewed research to determine the rating.</p> <h3>Why is using an Evidence-Based Practice important?</h3> <p>A CEBC advisory committee member’s response to that question follows.</p> <p>Evidence-based practice:</p> <ul> <li>Ensures that families are referred to the most effective and efficacious programs that the community provides.</li> <li>Helps child welfare workers and supervisors empower families in crisis to resolve their own conflicts, using well-tested programs.</li> <li>Allows child welfare workers to refer families to services that have been scientifically researched and proven effective, which in turn may cause the families to make a greater commitment to participation.</li> <li>Provides child welfare workers with a better understanding of the range of programs available so they can make informed choices when referring families to services.</li> </ul> <p>Now, let’s look at an example showing how assessment tools are rated by the CEBC. The CEBC provides information on these tools to help child welfare agencies evaluate the research supporting each tool. In order to be included on the CEBC, the tool must meet two requirements:</p> <ol> <li>It must have a manual and/or training available that describes how to administer and score it and</li> <li>The tool must be likely to be used in the child welfare field or with children and caretakers in the child welfare system.</li> </ol> <p>Assessment tools also have a somewhat different rating system than practices:</p> <p>A — Reliability and Validity Demonstrated<br /> • Two or more published, peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated that the measure is reliable and valid.</p> <p>B — Reliability and/or Validity Level Above Face Validity Demonstrated<br /> • One published, peer-reviewed study demonstrates that the measure is reliable and/or valid beyond the level of face validity.</p> <p>C — Does Not Reach Acceptable Levels of Reliability and/or Validity<br /> • A preponderance of published, peer-reviewed studies have shown that the measure does not reach acceptable levels of reliability and/or validity</p> <p>NR — Not Able to Be Rated<br /> • Adequate published peer-reviewed studies demonstrating reliability and/or validity are not yet available for this measure.</p> <p>About two dozen assessment tools have been rated. The NCFAS assessment tool, measuring family functioning, received the highest rating, an A, from the CEBC. For further details on this rating, visit: <a href="http://www.cebc4cw.org/assessment-tool/north-carolina-family-assessment-scale/" target="_blank">http://www.cebc4cw.org/assessment-tool/north-carolina-family-assessment-scale/</a></p> <p>The CEBC website is a good first stop when you want information and ratings on evidence-based practices and services. 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