48 Hours: Somebody`s Child

This 48 HOUR program focuses on foster care in California. There, a social worker tries to find foster homes for three children whose parents have been arrested for drug possession, and three more whose mother is homeless and unemployed. Also, shown is a worker for child protective services who handles the case of a baby born with alcohol and cocaine in his system.

Publisher: CBS, Inc, 1990
Format: Video, 60 minutes



Advancing the Message

Tips and Suggestions for Communications for People in Child Welfare Agencies


This booklet pulls together bits of information, tips and resources that will be helpful to people in the child welfare work -- public relations and communications professionals as well as agency executives, managers and others who are responsible for their organizations' press activity along with their "real" jobs.


Author: Mary J. Layton
Publisher: Child Welfare League of America, 1997
Format: Booklet, 27 pages
AFSA 1997: How Judges Can Make it Happen

Adoptions Safe Families Act (AFSA) of 1997
An educational video explaining the intent of ASFA and emphasizing the need for swifter decisions based on the best interests of children. This video also highlights alternative dispute resolution strategies as techniques to expedite cases.

Target audience: Judges; court personnel; court improvement project groups; Court Appointed Special Advocates; guardians ad litem; and attorneys.



Publisher: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 1998
Format: Video, 23 minutes

AFSA 1997: The Essential Voice of Child Advocates

Adoption Safe Families Act (AFSA) of 1997
A great tool to inform audiences about ASFA and inspire new and continuing work in child advocacy - presenting the voices of waiting children as well as those who speak for them.

Target audience: Child and family advocates; CASA volunteers; guardians ad litem; foster and adoptive parent groups; community groups; churches; foundations; attorneys; judges; and decision-makers.

Publisher: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 1999
Format: Video, 25 minutes


AFSA 1997: Why Legislators Must Make it Happen

Adoption Safe Families Act (AFSA)of 1997
A motivational video presenting a comprehensive overview of the intent of ASFA with emphasis on implementing complementary laws and policies at state and local levels to encourage more rapid permanency solutions.

Target audience: State and local legislators and administrators; legislative staff; community groups; and activists wanting to affect change.


Publisher: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 1998
Format: Video, 19 minutes

Bridges Out of Poverty

Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby K. Payne's myth shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty. In a highly readable format you'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now to: Redesign programs to better serve people you work with; Build skill sets for management to help guide employees; Upgrade training for front-line staff like receptionists, case workers, and managers; Improve treatment outcomes in health care and behavioral health care; Increase the likelihood of moving from welfare to work. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges-and strengths-will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success.


Authors: Ruby K Payne, PhD, Phillip E DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith
Publisher: aha! Process, Inc., 2006 (Revised)
Format: Book, paperback, 293 pages
Bridges Out of Poverty Workbook

Strategies for Professionals and Communities
If you didn`t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the "hidden rules" that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, where the future holds no promise, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are nonexistent. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success. Bridges Out of Poverty is a unique and powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. Based in part on Dr. Ruby Payne`s myth shattering A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty. In a highly readable format you'll find case studies, detailed analysis, helpful charts and exercises, and specific solutions you and your organization can implement right now.

Authors: Ruby K Payne, PhD, Phillip E DeVol, and Terie Dreussi Smith
Publisher: aha! Process, Inc., 2006
Format: Workbook, paperback,86 pages

Building Safer Communities

See how people like you have made their communities safer by improving communication, solving neighborhood problems and forming strong partnerships.
This video can be used by community leaders, educators, law enforcement, business owners and you to promote Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS).

Produced by: CA Attorney General's Office, 2000
Format: Video, 17 minutes

CA Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Law

Condensed Version, 2004
This publication delineates the procedures for mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect.
The full text can be found in Penal Code Sections 11164 -- 11174.4. Updates to the law can be found at www.leginfo.ca.gov (click on California Law; click on Penal Code; enter 11164 in the search box and click search).

Publisher: California Department of Justice, 2004
Format: Booklet, 5 pages

Caregivers and the Courts

Improving Court Decisions Affecting Children in Foster Care

Final report for a research study in four California Counties as part of the Caregivers and the Courts Program, which is aimed at ensuring that information from caregivers about dependent children's needs is made accessible to juvenile judges in California.


Author: Regina M. Deihl, J.D., Maria Martin, MSW, Sandra Nunez
Publisher: National Center for Youth Law
Format:Book, paperback, 172 pages

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