Resources for Local Programs

Articles & Briefs  |  Informational Videos  |  Miscellaneous  |  Training Facilitation

These resources are designed to assist local program staff in designing and delivering training to volunteers, as well as for sharing on social media, blogs, or in newsletters. Some of the resources below may not be appropriate for stand-alone in-service training opportunities (mostly due to the amount of time required to engage with the material). If you have questions about any of the resources listed below, or would like to make any suggestions, please contact us.

Articles & Briefs

"Birth Parents with Trauma Histories in the Child Welfare System" (NCTSN)

This provides suggestions that resource parents can use to recognize how trauma may have impacted the way birth parents parent. This fact sheet helps resource parents to more effectively support and work with a foster child's birth parent(s).

"Black and African American LGBTQ Youth Report" (HRC)  NEW

This resource draws on a subset of data from the 2018 HRC LGBTQ Youth Report to highlight the experiences of respondents who identified part or all of their ethnoracial identity as either Black or African American. HRC hopes this information helps to encourage youth-serving professionals to apply an intersectional lens to their work.

"Child Maltreatment 2017" (Children's Bureau)  NEW

This report presents national data about child abuse and neglect known to child protective services agencies in the United States during federal fiscal year 2017.

"Concepts for Understanding Traumatic Stress Responses in Children and Families" (NCTSN)

The 12 Core Concepts, developed by the NCTSN Core Curriculum Task Force during an expert consensus meeting in 2007, serve as the conceptual foundation of the Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma and provide a rationale for trauma-informed assessment and intervention. The Concepts cover a broad range of points that practitioners and agencies should consider as they strive to assess, understand, and assist trauma-exposed children, families, and communities in trauma-informed ways.

"Every Kentucky Kid Needs a Family" (KYA)

Every child needs a family and a safe place to call home. This issue brief provides recommendations to ensure children who have experienced abuse or neglect receive an appropriate level of care and have a chance to grow up in the care of a family.

Help is Here (KY Coalition Against Domestic Violence):  Version 1  |  Version 2  |  Version 3

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence’s newest brochure explains the mandatory education and referral for victims of domestic violence. Local programs and volunteers will find these useful for information regarding domestic violence and sexual assault resources and reporting.

Kentucky Kids Count Project (KYA)

Kentucky Youth Advocates presents an in-depth look at data for individual Kentucky counties and provides evidence-based strategies for addressing areas of concern.

"Minimizing the Impact of Parental Incarceration on Children" (Blueprint for KY's Children)

Children need their parents to care for them and earn a living to meet their basic needs. Unfortunately, Kentucky has a high rate of children who have experienced separation from a parent due to incarceration, which impedes parents’ ability to stay employed and raise their kids. This brief provides data and recommendations for minimizing the impact of parental incarceration on children.

"The Science of Resilience" (Center on the Developing Child | Harvard University)

Reducing the effects of significant adversity on young children’s healthy development is critical to the progress and prosperity of any society. Yet not all children experience lasting harm as a result of adverse early experiences. Some may demonstrate “resilience,” or an adaptive response to serious hardship. This brief discusses the fundamentals of resilience, which is built through interactions between children and their environments.

"Youth Risk Behavior Study - Data Summary and Trends Report" (CDC)  NEW

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report assesses behavioral health trends of high school students across the country that pose serious risks to their health and well-being. The report provides data from the National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, routinely undertaken by CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health. The report breaks down data from the past decade (2007-2017) by gender, by race, and for sexual minority youth. The survey focuses on the health behaviors and experiences in priority areas for CDC.

Informational Videos

The Kentucky CASA Network has compiled some videos available on YouTube that contain relevant content local programs to use as resources. You can view the complete playlist by clicking on the link above.

"Beyond the Cliff" | Laura van Dernoot Lipsky (TEDxWashingtonCorrectionsCenterforWomen)

In this TED Talk, Laura van Dernoot Lipsky uses humor and relatable anecdotes to discuss the impact of secondary trauma (also called vicarious trauma or compassion fatigue). Laura highlights the cumulative toll that exposure to the suffering, hardship, and trauma of other can take on individuals. Laura van Dernoot Lipsky is the founder and director of the Trauma Stewardship Institute and author of Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others.

"Drowning in Empathy: The Cost of Vicarious Trauma" | Amy Cunningham (TEDxSanAntonio)

Caregivers and emergency responders are empathetic individuals who risk suffering  from Compassion Fatigue, a form of PTSD that is treatable using the steps described in Amy’s presentation. Amy Cunningham has spent twelve years working with nonprofits and mental health organizations focused on assisting adolescents in overcoming trauma and redefining their lives.

Journey to Recovery: Inside Opiate Addiction (KET)

This is a one-hour documentary that takes an in-depth look at the epidemic in KY. Featuring interviews with national experts on opioids as well as Kentuckians on the front lines of the crisis, this documentary explains addiction as a brain disease and explores a variety of successful treatment and recovery programs in the state. The documentary itself can be used for volunteer in-service hours (and is listed on the In-Service Videos page), and there is also a discussion guide on the site that can be used for group training.

"Promising Practice for Serving Transgender and Non-Binary Foster and Adoption Services" (All Children-All Families)

This webinar previews All Children - All Families' new resource guide for child welfare professionals on how to welcome, affirm, recruit, and best serve transgender and non-binary foster and adoptive parents. This new publication covers promising practices for creating gender-inclusive agency environments and draws from testimonials from agency administrators, legal and policy experts, as well as trans and non-binary foster and adoptive parents.

"A Prosecutor's Vision for a Better Justice System" | Adam Foss (TEDTalks)

When a kid commits a crime, the US justice system has a choice: prosecute to the full extent of the law, or take a step back and ask if saddling young people with criminal records is the right thing to do every time. In this searching talk, Adam Foss, a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office in Boston, makes his case for a reformed justice system that replaces wrath with opportunity, changing people's lives for the better instead of ruining them.

Roadtrip Nation: Beating the Odds

This PBS documentary features three teens from difficult circumstances who travel the country to interview people who, despite hardships, have made their mark on the world. Their interviews include Ashley Rhodes-Courter, a former foster youth who spoke at the 2016 National CASA Conference about her experiences and has become both a foster parent and CASA volunteer. A resource to consider sharing with the teens you are serving.

Support for LGBTQ Youth Starts at Home: An #AsYouAre Project  NEW

The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work (The Institute) has partnered with the Biden Foundation to create an animated short focused on family acceptance of youth with diverse sexual orientation, gender identity, and expression (SOGIE). This animated short focuses on the impact of rejection children, youth and young adults can experience in their homes and communities and provides examples and strategies to promote support, acceptance, and affirmation of youth with diverse SOGIE.


2018 Blueprint for Kentucky's Children Policy Priorities and Fact Sheets (KYA)

The Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children is a coalition of non-profit, public, and private organizations that speaks with a common voice to create brighter futures for Kentucky kids. The Blueprint stands on three pillars: thriving communities launch strong families, strong families launch successful kids, and successful kids launch a prosperous future for Kentucky. This resource includes fact sheets and explanations of policy priorities.

As You Are: Resource Library  NEW

For LGBTQ individuals — especially for young people — family and community acceptance can change everything. Included in this resource library are just some of the hundreds of resources available to LGBTQ youth and their families, caregivers, educators, and allies.

The Brain Architecture Game

The Brain Architecture Game is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development – what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society. The game is a 75-90 minute experience optimized for groups of 4-6 people per table. It can be played in small workshops, conferences, and large events, with as few as 8, or as many as 300 participants.

"Fostered or Forgotten" (Teen Vogue)

The Juvenile Law Center worked to place a series of articles in Teen Vogue during National Foster Care Month. The article, "How Foster Care Works in the United States," also includes a reference to Jackie Robles, a former foster youth who was a 2016 National CASA Akerman Scholarship recipient.

GrandFamily Guide

Children, Inc. has created a guide of community resources to help ease the strain of kinship caregivers and improve quality of care and family outcomes. The information provided is a step-by-step guide on raising grandchildren, specifically in Kentucky. The resources provided on this website will walk grandparents through: first steps, health, finances, nutrition, education, emotional needs, navigating the legal system, and other resources for taking on the role of a primary caregiver.

House Bill 1 Overview (KYA)

In April 2018, Governor Bevin signed House Bill 1 into law, effectively overhauling Kentucky's child welfare system. House Bill 1 seeks to keep kids safe and improve how Kentucky responds to and supports families. It addresses policy change within the courts, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), and within the organizations and agencies serving kids who come to the attention of the child protective services to ensure all the parts of the child welfare system and related policies work together and produce better outcomes for all involved. This summary from Kentucky Youth Advocates provides an overview of major components of House Bill 1.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare - Child Welfare Training Toolkit

Helping Child Welfare Workers Support Families with Substance Use, Mental, and Co-Occurring Disorders Training Package was developed to educate child welfare professionals about substance abuse and mental health disorders among families involved in the child welfare system. It is intended to provide learning opportunities and baseline knowledge on substance abuse and mental health problems and interventions; motivate and facilitate cross-systems work; and incorporate cultural awareness and facilitate cultural competency in child welfare practice. This Training Toolkit was created in 2009. While most of the content is pertinent and valuable, some of the statistics and research are now outdated. If you are looking for training materials with more current data, please access the Online Training Tutorials (suggested for in-service), as they were updated in 2015.

National Child Abuse Prevention Month (2019)  NEW

Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April) 2019 are included in this guide. This was designed to support service providers as they work with families to promote child well-being and prevent child maltreatment. It focuses on protective factors that build on family strengths to foster healthy child and youth development.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

The Hotline provides more than a listening ear. They want to empower you with information. Check out their lists of resources for victims and survivors, as well as facts about domestic violence in the United States. You can also read about domestic violence in the media and download their press kit in the Media Room.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Website

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. On this site, there is information and statistics about mental health and substance use.

Well-Being Indicator Tool for Youth  NEW

A new tool may help child welfare-involved youth gauge their individual well-being and develop an action plan for areas they would like to strengthen. The Well-Being Indicator Tool for Youth (WIT-Y) was designed by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota to help youth aged 15–21 explore different aspects of their well-being. WIT-Y is for youth who are either currently or formerly involved with child welfare. In the event that a youth self-reports that he or she is in crisis in any of the eight domains, they will see text on their screen that will alert them of resources that can help.

Training Facilitation

The following videos provide tips about how to effectively facilitate a training.

"The Difference Between Facilitation, Teaching, and Lecturing" | Sam Killermann

Often times we use the terms lecturing, teaching, and facilitating interchangeably, but do they really mean the same thing? In this video Sam Killermann distinguishes the primary differences between lecturing, teaching, and facilitation and touches on when best to use which method.

"Facilitating Difficult Group Discussions"

Facilitating difficult group discussions in the workplace, like conversations aimed at conflict resolution, can occur quickly and effectively using a few simple strategies. Sad Mad Glad sticky notes from Trainers Warehouse are designed to help everyone involved in a difficult discussion voice their opinion. These handy little tools help everyone to identify what they are feeling and then explain their reasoning to those around them.

"Facilitation Fundamentals: Bring It! Be Trainer-ific." | Luz Carrasquillo 

This is the third of three videos in the Facilitation Fundamentals series. City Year's Luz Carrasquillo gives tips and tricks on being an effective and engaging training facilitator.

"Facilitation: The Secret of the Starting Question" | Michael Wilkinson

How many times have you asked a question and received complete silence in response? Master Facilitator Michael Wilkinson shows you the secret to the starting question. Much like when starting a fire when all the right materials, asking questions in this way almost always will result in a bonfire of responses.

"How to Be a Great Facilitator" | Karen Friedman

Have you ever watched a good facilitator? They make it look easy, but it's not as easy as you might think. Good facilitators are experts at stimulating discussion, generating ideas, and producing outcomes. This video provides a few solid tips, starting with preparation.

"How to Stop Talking and Trust the Group in Facilitation" | Meg Bolger

While a foundational element of facilitation is not bringing all the knowledge to the table, it can be tempting to jump into conversations yourself. In this video Meg shares how she is still learning how to talk less and trust the group more.

"Train the Trainer: How to Run a Great Training Workshop" | Alan Matthews

This is a collection of short clips from Alan Matthews delivering his train the trainer course How To Run A Great Training Workshop.