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New Partnership Brings Innovative Virtual Job Interview Training Course to Widest Audience Yet

SIMmersion’s state-of-the-art training simulation Job Interview Training with Molly Porter will reach an even wider audience thanks to a new arrangement with Independent Living Resources, Inc. The two companies will pool their efforts to publicize and distribute the course, which is proven to improve to improve real-world employment prospects for jobseekers from nearly any background Read More...

Supporting Youth Driven Organizations Does Make a Difference

Organizing a youth driven council involves (above all) time and commitment but it also includes plenty of drama, challenges and “push-backs” from adults trying to control the process. The outcomes, however, can exceed your wildest dreams! Youths can influence state and local policies for the population they represent, they can change their own trajectory and the general public’s opinion about their potential. Read More...

Teaching LGBTQ competence in schools of social work

The quality of care provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (“LGBTQ”) youth and their families within child welfare systems in large part hinges on how well prepared social workers and other child welfare professionals are to address LGBTQ issues. Schools of social work are the training grounds for future child welfare practitioners. It is the obligation of these schools to ensure that the social workers they train are equipped to work competently and compassionately with LGBTQ young people. Schools of social work have a unique responsibility to fill the gaps in knowledge and understanding on LGBTQ issues and thereby increase the capacity of child welfare systems to support LGBTQ people Read More...

Child Well-Being Up in Spite of Greater Poverty

America’s children and their families are showing greater resilience and support in the face of rising poverty that has now wiped out the historic financial gains of the 1990s, according to the Foundation for Child Development’s annual child well-being index. The New York City-based group announced this morning that overall child well-being is up more than 5 percent both from 2001 and the index’s beginning a generation ago, in 1975. The index is a composite of 28 indicators of both children’s environmental and economic environments and their own behaviors. 2012 Child Well-being Index Report Read More...

Housing Assistance for Youth Who Have Aged Out of Foster Care

Each year the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program provides $140 million for independent living services to assist youth as they age out of foster care and enter adulthood. Under this formula grant program, states are provided allocations and allowed to use up to 30 percent of program funds for room and board for youth ages 18 to 21 who have left care. This report describes how states are using these funds to provide housing assistance to these vulnerable youth and explores how the assistance provided through this program fits in with other sources of housing assistance available in the states examined. Read More...

Meeting the Educational Requirements of Fostering Connections

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 created a new mandate for education enrollment and stability for children and youth in foster care. This brief aims to help agency leaders, policymakers, judges, and their partners understand and respond effectively to the education requirements of Fostering Connections by reflecting on lessons learned from initiatives to improve education outcomes for youth in and leaving foster care during the past decade Read More...
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