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Dr. Ron Rooney is quoted regarding his work in educational goals for teen parents in the recent SSA (University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration publication) article on evidence-based practice. Rooney has also provided an online module on "Developing Educational Goals with Teen Parents" for the CASCW Web site.

CASCW is excited to announce it has been awarded funding by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to support the newly developed Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC).

The PACC was developed in response to community demand to meet the need for increasing the availability and competency of a professional workforce able to serve the unique and complex clinical needs of adopted individuals and their families.

The PACC curriculum, developed by the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE), is an advanced level certificate program for mental health and child welfare professionals. It will consist of 15 Modules (13 in person, 2 online), with the first cohort beginning in September 2011. Successful PACC graduates will earn 80 hours of CEU's, certificate of completion (with potential for a national credential), and inclusion on state-wide list of adoption-competent providers.

Look for registration information on CASCW's website beginning July 5.

The week of July 1st, CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of three new modules on the following topics:

Maternal Depression: Double Jeopardy for Mother and Child (1.0 CEH available);. Viewers will gain a greater understanding of some of the key characteristics of maternal depression and its prevalence in society and in the child welfare system.

Special Education & Child Welfare: Involvement of Immigrant and Non-Immigrant Children (1.0 CEH available) This module contrasts the extent to which Minnesota's immigrant children are more likely than non-immigrant children to: receive special education and to be involved with child welfare services.

Mitigating School Suspensions: Enhancing the Strength of Kinship Caregivers (1.0 CEH available). Viewers of this module will learn about the experiences and consequences of school suspension for African American students in kinship care.

Watch for the release of several NEW online learning modules on exciting and timely topics in child welfare to be released by CASCW throughout the summer!

For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit:

CASCW has released a new two-part learning module on Healthy Youth Development for Adolescent Parents in Foster Care and Working with Young Parents in Foster Care: Lessons Learned. Go to the Online Modules link under Practice Resources to find this new module. Or go directly to the module itself at:

A forum, "Double Jeopardy-Depressed Mothers and their Very Young Children: A Remarkable Prospect for Change" was held on June 17, 2011. Information about the forum and links to the materials used at the forum are available at the CASCW web site at:

Find resources at the Child Welfare Information Gateway site!

People who attended the CASCW conference on how technology is changing child welfare practice were excited to learn about what is happening with technology in other locations. In their April 2011 newsletter, the Annie E. Casey Foundation featured an article from its newsletter about a new Web tool created to help child welfare professionals. You can read about it by linking to the Annie E. Casey Foundation site.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) has developed, in collaboration with faculty members, a series of online learning modules, designed to present the latest practice-relevant child welfare research from top researchers at the University of Minnesota in a format that is timely, efficient and easy to use for today's busy child welfare professionals.

CASCW is adding to its library of online learning modules with the release of two new modules on the following topics:

Common Factors in Case Management with Children & Their Families (2 CEHs available) This module describes four common factors to use in case management with children and their families. The common factors model identifies and documents four elements of psychotherapy with good outcomes. The module guides viewers to develop skills in using the four factors with children and families.

Working with Karen Refugee Youth and Families (1.0 CEHs available) This module provides information about working with Karen refugees from Burma. It offers information about their history in Minnesota, about their experiences while living in camps, and about the effects of the trauma they have experienced on their mental health. It provides recommendations for child welfare workers in their work with Karen refugee youth and families.

For more information on CASCW's online learning modules, visit:

MSW Title IV-E stipends are available for the 2011-2012 academic year. The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare administers the Title IV-E stipend program which offers financial support to students interested in a career in public or tribal child welfare. All applicants must hold U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Full- or part-time students within any of the MSW program's concentrations are eligible to apply. Please visit for more information.

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota will present its 12th Annual FREE Child Welfare conference, "Social Media, Smart Phones, and Safety: How Technology is Changing Child Welfare Practice" on April 21, 2010, 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

For more information and to register to attend in person or via Web stream, please follow this link.

The conference will feature keynote presenter Dr. Dale Fitch, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, University of Missouri. Dr. Fitch will address concerns and hesitations of the field of child welfare to use technology and social media and discuss opportunities to embrace these tools to the benefit of youth and families.

Following the keynote presentation, a panel of current and former foster youth, who are members of a local Foster Club chapter, will discuss their thoughts and experiences with technology and social media use as youth in out of home placement.

Finally, we have invited Frances Allegra and Pat Smith from Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. to discuss the fascinating ways their organization is helping to transform child welfare practice in Florida by harnessing the power of technology.

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