November 16, 2022

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Dear Donna,

Welcome to the latest issue of The Connection, APHSA’s newsletter offering updates and resources pertaining to employment and economic well-being, child and family well-being, and H/HS integration.

November is National Adoption Month! Thousands of teens across the country need permanent families and you can make a difference by raising awareness in your community. Find resources from the Child Welfare Information Gateway to help drive attention to this issue.

Check out the latest episodes of our newest podcast, Disrupt the Dialogue, featuring powerful conversations with BIPOC leaders in health and human services. Our latest episode features LaRae Cantley of Full Frame Initiative and tomorrow's release shares the perspective of CT DCF Commissioner Vannessa Dorantes. Listen on our podcast page or search for Disrupt the Dialogue on your favorite streaming platform.

APHSA is growing! We have several new job postings, check them out here. Apply now or share with interested parties in your network.

Employment and Economic Well-Being


We are excited to share a newly released set of resources related to advancing race equity in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Created in support of the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office of Family Assistance (OFA) by APHSA and BLH Technologies Inc., these new resources focus on mobilizing data and developing staff training.

Mobilizing Data Infographic

Mobilizing Data Video

Training & Staff Development Toolkit

Training & Staff Development Video


Colorado Voters Approve Free School Lunches for All Students - Rocky Mountain PBS, 11/09/22.

Craven Community College’s Volt Center is a Workforce Development Powerhouse - EducationNC, 11/14/22.


Smart Growth Cities Tool, October, 2022 - The Workforce of the Future Initiative’s new Smart Growth Cities tool offers insight into economic and workforce planning for policymakers. This tool provides data on industry strategies that are most feasible for a local area and can help inform investments in local economic opportunities.

Gathering and Using Family Input to Improve Child Support and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Services: Approaches from the Human Services Field, November, 2022 - This brief from the Office of Performance, Research and Evaluation (OPRE), MEF Associates, and Mathematica, describes practices from across the human services field that can inspire novel approaches to engaging families during program improvement, especially in TANF and child support programs.

Child and Family Well-Being


Social Determinants of Health for Infants and Toddlers, October, 2022 – This report from Zero to Three and Child Trends utilizes the State of Babies Yearbook to analyze the living conditions that affect the lives of babies and their families. The report creates a picture of social and economic resources available to the nation’s babies while also considering the racial disparities in available resources.

Supreme Court will Consider Future of Indian Child Welfare Act, November, 2022 – This article from the American Bar Association Journal discusses the new challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear. Texas, along with seven individuals, are suing the federal government to challenge multiple provisions of ICWA as unconstitutional, most notably that the preference ICWA gives to placing Indian children with family members or other Indians is an equal protection violation. The challengers lost their case in federal court, but the Supreme Court granted a review of Haaland v. Brackeen and heard oral arguments on November 9, 2022.

Child Tax Credit Resource Kit, November, 2022 – This outreach resource kit on the Child Tax Credit from No Kid Hungry contains text and email outlines to engage public benefit agencies or state agencies to share their resources with others. The resource kit also contains multiple flyers in English and Spanish for further information. The last day to apply for the Child Tax Credit through the GetCTC portal is November 15. The expanded CTC provides up to $3,600 per child, including for kids in families with no or low income.

Policy Inventory: Family Economic Security, November, 2022 – This inventory from Alliance for Early Success contains a collection of state policies that impact family economic security and examples of state implementation. The inventory is acknowledged as a less-than-comprehensive document that is constantly updated as policies change or become apparent.

Grandfamilies Face Food Insecurity As Holidays Approach, November, 2022 – This article from the LA Weekly outlines how many families and caregivers are struggling with the cost of food as prices rise close to the upcoming holidays. The article utilizes data from a new Generations United report outlining the increased rates of food insecurity that children being raised by grandparents face.


Webinar: Supporting Children and Youth Dealing with the Loss of a Parent or Caregiver - Children’s Bureau Learning and Coordination Center.

Tuesday, November 15, 2:00 PM EST


Contracting for Transformation: Design Procurement for Equity & Well-Being -

The Full Frame Initiative.

Thursday, December 1, 2:00-3:00 PM EST

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