The Grantee Connection // December 2021

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The Grantee Connection - Sharing Knowledge, Building Evidence

December 2021 | Issue 10

The Grantee Connection is a quarterly digest featuring new and noteworthy products, information, and lessons learned from select Children's Bureau discretionary grants to inform research, capacity building, and program improvement efforts.

Featured Grantees

Building a Resilient Workforce to Address Trauma and Enhance Well-Being

Project Description: The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) is a 5-year cooperative agreement awarded to build the capacity of child welfare professionals and improve the organizations that recruit, train, supervise, manage, and retain them.

NCWWI Worker Well-Being

Project Highlight: Recognizing the importance of building a resilient child welfare workforce to address trauma and well-being, NCWWI has developed new products and launched a webinar series focused on this topic, including:

  • A one-pager on a holistic child welfare worker well-being framework and implications for practice
  • An infographic that explains how to use mindfulness to improve relationships, daily interactions, and reactions to trauma
  • Two research-based, trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practice videos to address signs of secondary traumatic stress or nervous system dysregulation caused by stress or burnout
  • A 5-part webinar series addressing how child welfare leaders have supported their workforce in building resiliency during the pandemic. The recordings, PowerPoint presentation and materials, as well we as the key takeaways from each presentation are included.

Learn More: View additional resources to support child welfare professionals, including webinars, infographics, resource lists, and more. These resources contain tools, guides, assessments, and curricula that are used to increase understanding, facilitate dialogue, deliver training, analyze current policies, and implement sustainable strategies.

Photo provided by NCWWI

Leveraging Technology to Connect With Youth and Young Adults

Project Description: The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline’s Prevent Abuse of Children Text & Chat (PACTECH) project is a 4-year grant to develop and disseminate knowledge on utilizing text and chat-based capabilities for child maltreatment reporting and resource sharing.

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Project Highlight: Childhelp, in partnership with Dr. Laura Schwab-Reese of Purdue University, is performing qualitative research to determine best practices and protocols pertaining to text and chat-based interactions with youth and young adults. One evidenced-informed strategy includes a stages of a text and chat model that aids in successful conversations with youth who are reaching out to a crisis hotline for information and support.

Learn More: View additional research findings to support hotline and child welfare professionals, including quantitative findings from a one-year research period.

Photo provided by Childhelp

Building Knowledge to Strengthen the Child Welfare Workforce

Project Description: The Quality Improvement Center for Workforce Development (QIC-WD) was developed to implement and evaluate strategies to strengthen the child welfare workforce. In partnership with eight public child welfare jurisdictions, QIC-WD is studying interventions related to job redesign, telework, technology, onboarding, supportive supervision, hiring, organizational culture and climate, and job-related secondary traumatic stress. The website has information about project sites, workforce analytic tools, and tips derived from the expertise and experience of the QIC-WD team.

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Project Highlight: QIC-WD recently created four new videos providing an overview of innovative workforce interventions and common challenges across project sites. Frontline child welfare workers, supervisors, and administrators share their experiences in these videos:

Learn More: View over 60 QIC-WD Umbrella Summaries, which put relevant, easily digestible workforce research and findings into the hands of child welfare professionals. Each summary provides a synopsis of the published meta-analyses of a specific workforce topic in a straightforward question-and-answer format, followed by the key takeaways.

Video still from QIC-WD's "Coach Ohio: A Supportive Supervision and Resiliency Intervention"

Resources From

Child Welfare Information Gateway

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Well-Being of the Workforce

Visit the webpage.

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Supporting LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guide for Foster Parents

Read the publication.

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Episode 58: "Caseworker Care"

Listen to the podcast.


Grantee News & Updates

  • Watch the recording of the "From Conversations to Relationships: Engaging Teens in Permanency Planning" webinar, which features four Children’s Bureau grantees that are dedicated to providing professionals with the knowledge, skills, and tools to assess the individual needs of each youth and understand the effect of separation, loss, and trauma in order to recruit and develop families who can care for them.
  • Learn from the Minority Professional Leadership Development Program third cohort alumni as they present their action research projects on a variety of topics related to child welfare.
  • View the Children’s Bureau discretionary grants awarded in fiscal year 2021. Each grant award includes a link, if available, to the expired funding opportunity announcement, a brief description of the project, the grant recipients, and a link to the project abstracts.
  • Apply to be a Children’s Bureau discretionary grant reviewer or learn how to apply for a grant.

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