Current Initiatives & Issues

The Children's Bureau is involved in initiatives and events that provide for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families. The following resources provide up-to-date information on a variety of issues related to child welfare:

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The Administration for Children and Families and the Children's Bureau are currently involved in the following initiatives.

  • September is National Workforce Development Month - National Workforce Development Month provides an opportunity to recognize, support, and inspire the child welfare workforce. The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute provides links to workforce development resources to support child welfare practitioners, supervisors, managers, leaders, students, faculty, researchers, policymakers, and other professionals.
  • National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day - This website provides information about National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, which is a key component of the Caring for Every Child's Mental Health campaign of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
  • Adoption Excellence Awards - The Adoption Excellence Awards are designed to recognize excellence in achieving the goals of safety, permanency, and well-being of children in out-of-home care.
  • April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month - The Child Abuse Prevention website provides resources for communities to help parents understand and meet their children's needs and protect them from harm.
  • May Is National Foster Care Month - National Foster Care Month in May provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to get involved, whether as foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways. The Children's Bureau also supports a special website for child welfare professionals, with the theme supporting youth in transition through creating meaningful connections, partnering with youth, advancing permanency options, and preparing youth for successful transitions to adulthood.
  • November is National Adoption Month - The purpose of National Adoption Month is to raise awareness about children in foster care nationwide waiting for permanent families. Recruitment efforts are highlighted throughout the National Adoption Month website to encourage America's families to "answer the call" to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of our children.

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The Children's Bureau provides resources that highlight current issues in the child welfare field.

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Other Related Links

  • CBX Video - View here to find out more about the Children's Bureau's online digest.
  • National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect - The Children's Bureau supports the National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) and other learning opportunities for those in the child welfare field.

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Last Reviewed: October 10, 2017