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February 2023Vol. 24, No. 1ACF Releases Resources to Strengthen the Child Welfare Response to Human Trafficking

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released new resources to help state agencies and community providers strengthen the child welfare response to human trafficking. These resources include tools to help human services professionals, including child welfare professionals, respond to and prevent human trafficking of children and youth at risk for, currently experiencing, or have previously experienced trafficking. 

The set of resources include a SOAR training module, Responding to Human Trafficking Through the Child Welfare System, delivered through the ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance Center. The accredited training module is free to access and aims to prepare professionals for their work in preventing trafficking among the families they serve and to ensure their work aligns with priority actions outlined in the National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking.

The training module is accompanied by an information memorandum (IM), published jointly by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Children’s Bureau, Family and Youth Services Bureau and OTIP, that highlights resources available to help states in meeting the legal requirements to protect children and youth from negative outcomes associated with human trafficking. 


The IM can help child welfare agencies develop client-centered, trauma-informed screening and reporting protocols to ensure children and youth who have experienced or at increased risk of human trafficking, particularly those returning to foster care after going missing, are appropriately screened and connected to supportive and culturally competent services. 

Visit the resources on the ACF website to learn more.