The National Child Traumatic Stress Network recently released
three tip sheets to help caretakers and educators identify
children's reactions to a traumatic loss and facilitate the healing
process. Specifically, the tip sheets highlight some of the
symptoms of traumatic grief in young, school-age...
The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) produced
a resource page for State policymakers, Medicaid officials, and
other interested parties who aim to improve service delivery to
children enrolled in Medicaid. NASHP researched historical data
from the Early and Periodic Screening, Diag...
Policymakers at the State level can reduce child poverty and
achieve concrete results by using research-informed, results-based
policy strategies to improve outcomes and support child and family
well-being. A recent paper from the Center for the Study of Social
Policy (CSSP), Results-Based Pu...
In 2012, the youth-led organization Foster Youth in Action
held a national convening of youth in out-of-home care to develop a
peer-to-peer learning and support network and a unified strategy
for effecting policy change pertaining to foster care in the United
States. Due to the success of last ye...
Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption
through October 2014 include: August 2014 * National Pathways to
Adulthood 2014 National Resource Center for Youth Development
The spring 2014 issue of CW360º, an online
publication of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
(CASCW) at the University of Minnesota, focuses on the theme
"Attending to Well-Being in Child Welfare." More than 30 articles
written by a variety of child welfare p...
A new policy report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation
(AECF), Race for Results: Building a Path to Opportunity for All
Children, explores the intersection of children, race, and
opportunity. The report features the new Race for Results index,
which compares how children are progressing ...
Teen pregnancy and parenting are associated with a host of
negative consequences for young parents, and the incidence of teen
pregnancy tends to be higher for youth in foster care. In "Cause
for Concern: Unwanted Pregnancy and Childbirth Among Adolescents in
Foster Care," an article pub...
MDRC—a nonprofit education and social policy
research organization founded in 1974 as the Manpower Demonstration
Research Corporation and now simply MDRC—recently
published a report documenting initial findings from its
implementation evaluation of the Youth Villages Transitional
When undocumented immigrant parents are detained and facing
deportation proceedings, their children often enter foster care.
Once a child is in State custody, a detained or deported parent
faces many challenges to being reunited with his or her child.In
"Keeping Immigrant Fam...
Research shows that when young children experience severe and
ongoing stress, their bodies' stress response systems stay on high
alert and can trigger toxic stress. Without appropriate
interventions, including consistent support from caring adults, the
ongoing toxic stress can weaken the architec...
Recognizing that traditional court proceedings typically fail
to address the underlying problems for parents who have suffered
trauma, a family court in upstate New York has worked to institute
trauma-informed practice in its court procedures. "Do No Harm:
Trauma-Focused Courts," an art...
The Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act
requires that children in foster care receive copies of their
consumer credit reports and assistance interpreting and resolving
inaccuracies in the report. The Wisconsin Department of Children
and Families (DCF) recently issued a memo t...