The focus of this edition is transitions—transitions we have begun making as a field and those we must make to become a more just, equitable, and humane system. Children's Bureau leadership reached out to a number of experts to invite them to share their wisdom on three particular types of transition: transitions in how we think about child welfare, transitions of leadership, and the transition so many of our young people make from foster care to life on their own. While these categories are listed separately, they are inextricably linked and deeply shape one another. Reading them together is a demonstration of how our thoughts shape our actions and how our actions and commitments—at all levels—shape the outcomes we achieve. Transitioning to a system that proactively supports families is key to promoting justice for children and families.
Read a message from the Children's Bureau about COVID-19, a report about how the Family First Prevention Services Act is changing the way Colorado is handling residential placements, findings from 10 years of the National Youth in Transition Database, a report from Think of Us that discusses the best ways to serve youth aging out of foster care, a podcast on what the child welfare system learned in 2020, and more.