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Webinar

Understanding Secondary Traumatic Stress for Parent Group Leaders

Discusses how to recognize the signs of secondary traumatic stress using self-assessment and offers concrete strategies to help manage vicarious trauma. Shares self-care techniques to avoid burnout and ways to respond to signs of secondary traumatic stress when they present in others. Is designed for parent group leaders, but is applicable to other support providers.
Guide/Report

Universal: Post-Permanence Interval

Explores the needs behind and principles for universal services (services for all children and families) that agencies can provide after permanency, offering examples of promising programs.
Article

Unlocking and Addressing the Barriers to Retention of African American Families

Explores how an agency stepped up its efforts to support and retain African American families for children in foster care by offering specialized supports such as help with obtaining clearances, face-to-face assistance with paperwork, immediate assignment to a profile/home study writer, and ongoing support through the approval process.
Video

Unraveling Adoption

Provides listeners with a lived experience perspective from Ms. Alicia Murray. In this episode, listeners will explore the challenges of foster care and adoption journey, discover the profound importance of sibling connections in adoption, embrace the value of openness in adoption and birth family connections, find out how to provide essential post-adoption services and support and uncover the challenges and realities of adopting older children.
Brief/Tipsheet

Using a Culturally Responsive and Equitable Evaluation Approach to Guide Research and Evaluation

Identifies the nine stages of evaluation and presents examples of how to incorporate culturally responsive and equitable evaluation into each stage.
Article

Using Trauma-Responsive, LGBTQ+ Affirming Care to Connect Young People to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Defines trauma-responsive and LGBTQ+ affirming care, outline principles for providing this type of care, and presents scenarios for how youth-supporting professionals can incorporate this care into their practice. Although examples are related to sexual and reproductive health services, applies to serving LGBTQ+ children and youth in other programs as well.
Guide/Report

Vermont Implementation Manual: Vermont Permanency Survey

Explores in detail how Vermont implemented a survey for adoptive/guardianship families to complete to provide information about their child and family well-being and use of existing services to help sites determine support needs. Provides information to help other sites determine if the survey would work for their jurisdiction and prepare for implementation.
Tool/Toolkit

Vermont Permanency Survey

Is a survey that Vermont used—and other jurisdictions can use or adapt—to assess the needs of their adoptive/guardianship families. Includes questions about child and family well-being and the use of existing services.
Article

Vermont: Universal Outreach Survey

Provides a brief overview of Vermont’s plan to survey adoptive/guardianship families about their child and family well-being and use of existing services to help the state determine support needs.
Article

Vicarious Trauma in Clinicians: Fostering Resilience and Preventing Burnout

Explains burnout, compassion fatigue, and vicarious trauma and provides suggestions for ways to prevent vicarious trauma, including by teaching providers about it. Discusses screening and self-assessment tools and developing a more supportive culture. 

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