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Permanency Blast September 2011

Hello Permanency Warriors!

Here are a few tidbits that I hope will be informative and helpful to you:
The documentary film From Place to Place, highlighted on our April 20th Blast, has sold in all 50 states, screened in 9 communities in 4 states and inspired ongoing engagement and action in the effort to improve America’s foster care system in less than two months. The film’s trailer was recently placed on YouTube and individuals and organizations are invited to embed and stream the trailer from their website. This is a simple way to spread the film’s message to people all over the country. To view the From Place to Place trailer, please click on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lK5h4wsTKoo

For more information please contact:
Matt Anderson, Producer
Porch Productions

A series of articles about social media and networking, and the impact on adoption and foster care, recently appeared in CW360®, a journal issued by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work (CW360® showcased CPYP in an article in their 2009 edition). You can access this article at http://www.cehd.umn.edu/ssw/cascw/attributes/PDF/publications/CW360_2011.pdf.  The 2011 edition focuses on social media, technology and networking, along with sharing and utilization of data to improve child welfare.  One particular article in the this edition, by Celeste Bodner and Daniel Knapp of Foster Club, outlines the opportunities and dilemmas of finding family on Facebook, and speaks to the need for an organized and thoughtful process to locate and engage family members, in which youth and family are fully prepared.  The article serves as a good reminder as child welfare systems race to meet compliance standards with Fostering Connections Legislation to think beyond the ramifications of locating and notifying family members and considers how to fully integrate these efforts with engagement and commitment building to achieve permanency for children and youth.  Fortunately we at NIPFC are here to help you, as we can provide searches that include social network sites, as well as training on: maximizing your search efforts, Fostering Connections (AB938 in CA) compliance, family finding (that involves all the engagement, teaming and system work to achieve permanence well beyond the initial discovery phase), connecting with paternal family members, grief and loss work, and compassion fatigue, among other subject areas.  For more information, please visit our training site at http://www.senecacenter.org/perm_training.

Finally, we asked you to send job descriptions for family finding staff in a previous Blast.  We have received a few submissions and have loaded those on the NIPFC website, under http://www.senecacenter.org/familyconnectedness/family_finding_job_descriptions.  As this work mushrooms nationally, we will continue to post job descriptions and other information you may need as you write grants and develop programs.  Please let us know if there is information you would like to see on the site and we will do our best to collect and display the information to support your development work!

Please feel free to forward this message to anyone who might benefit from or enjoy this information.  

If you wish to have an address included or removed from future Permanency Blasts please notify Kelly Anderson, Family Finding Coordinator at familyfinding@senecacenter.org

Bob Friend
National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness (NIPFC)
6925 Chabot Rd.
Oakland, CA 94618
Office: (510) 654-4004 ext 2239
Cell: (510) 677-0485