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  • March 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 3

Spotlight on Permanence for Youth

Of the approximately 400,000 children and youth in foster care in the United States, one-third are between the ages of 12 and 17. All young people—regardless of age—need and deserve permanent, loving families. No one is too old for permanency. This month, we highlight resources focused on achieving permanence for youth, including an issue brief with information on efforts to reunite children and families, funding available for reunification efforts, and promising practices for supporting reunification; a pilot program that aims to keep teenagers out of foster care and safely at home; and more.

  • Reunification: The First Permanency Outcome
    In 2012, 51 percent of the children who left foster care in the United States were reunited with their parents or primary caregiver. States also reported in 2012 that 53 percent of children in...
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  • Permanence and Family Preservation
    The best way to ensure permanence for children and youth is to prevent unnecessary removal from home. A pilot program conducted by New York City's Administration for Children's Services (ACS) aims...
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  • Promoting Kinship Foster Care
    When it is possible to do so, children should be placed with relatives if they must be removed from their homes. Research shows that formal kinship foster care provides greater stability for...
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  • Improving Transition Planning for Youth
    Responding to studies that indicate largely negative outcomes for youth who have transitioned out of foster care, researchers in Los Angeles County, CA, embarked on a study to identify best...
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  • Caseworker Perspectives on APPLA
    In 1997, with the passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act, Congress eliminated long-term foster placement as a permanency option. There was widespread belief that all children and youth...
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  • Investing in Youth Well-Being
    The Foster Care Work Group—one of three work groups in the Youth Transition Funders Group, a network of grantmakers seeking to help all youth make a successful transition to adulthood by age...
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  • Associate Commissioner's Page
    The following is the monthly message from JooYeun Chang, the Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau. Each message focuses on the current CBX Spotlight theme and highlights the Bureau's...
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  • Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site Update
    Since its launch in December 2010, the Child Welfare Outcomes Data Site has provided child welfare-related data to research consumers using data from the annual Child Welfare Outcomes Report to...
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  • Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroups
    In the February issue of Children's Bureau Express, the Children's Bureau introduced the Child Welfare Research and Evaluation Workgroups, three groups of national child welfare experts that were...
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  • CB Website Updates
    The Children's Bureau website carries information on child welfare programs, funding, monitoring, training and technical assistance, laws, statistics, research, Federal reporting, and much more....
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  • Child Welfare Information Gateway Subscription Services
    Child Welfare Information Gateway, an information service of the Children's Bureau, provides a variety of free subscription services with information on the interrelated fields of child abuse and...
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  • Navigator Tool for Diligent Recruitment
    In order to best meet the different needs of children and youth in foster care, it is important for States, Tribes, and territories to recruit and retain foster, adoptive, and kinship families...
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  • More Updates From the T&TA Network
    The Children's Bureau's Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) Network continues to produce resources that can help States and Tribes in their work with children and families. Some recent...
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  • Site Visit: Oklahoma's Bridge to the Future
    In 2007, a survey of Oklahoma Department of Human Services' (OKDHS') child welfare staff indicated significant concerns regarding the agency's ability to effectively meet the needs of children in...
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  • Site Visit: Arkansas Is Building Bridges in Early Childhood
    Young children (ages birth to 5) in the custody of the child welfare system need access to high-quality child care if safety, permanency, and well-being are to be achieved. High-quality child care...
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  • Social Worker Readiness for Organizational Change
    While research has looked at successful change implementation in the fields of education, health, and psychology, little research on this topic has been specific to child welfare. A recent study...
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  • Substance Use Among Youth in Care
    While research has linked adverse childhood experiences such as child abuse and neglect to a high risk for substance use disorders later in life, research specific to substance use among children...
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  • Health-Care Use by Children in Foster Care
    Children in foster care are often at higher risk for various physical and mental health problems. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of...
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  • Child Welfare Reform Efforts
    A November 2013 article in the Chronicle of Social Change, "The Many Faces of Federal Child Welfare Reform," outlines several national child welfare reform proposals that could have a...
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  • Interviewing Children With Disabilities
    Interviewing children with disabilities about alleged abuse can be challenging for even the most seasoned child welfare professional and/or investigator. In its October 2013 newsletter, the Office...
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  • Kinship Process Mapping
    Federal and State child welfare policy promotes kinship placement for children and youth who cannot safely live with their parents. Although studies show that placement with extended family can...
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  • Quality Assessments in Child Welfare
    Assessment is a fundamental part of child welfare work, from intake to adoption, and is conducted by child protective services (CPS) and other child welfare-related professionals to help ensure...
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  • Suicide Prevention for Youth
    Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth ages 15–24. Youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system, especially those in residential facilities, have higher rates...
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  • Parental Access to Mental and Behavioral Health Supports
    A November 2013 policy brief on the PolicyforResults.org website highlights the Affordable Care Act and States' opportunities to improve access to health care for parents and families involved...
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  • Caregiver and Community Capacity Logic Model
    The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University produced a logic model highlighting how policies and programs that strengthen caregiver and community capacities can build healthy...
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  • Establishing CQI in Child Welfare
    The Center for State Child Welfare Data (Data Center) designed a continuous quality improvement (CQI) webpage and model specifically for child welfare agencies. The Data Center works closely with...
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  • Youth Voices for Change
    FindYouthInfo.gov created the Youth Engaged 4 Change website for teens and young adults who want to advocate for strengthening programs that improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. The website...
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  • From Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth
    Youth Move National and the Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures produced a guide to help young leaders transitioning out of foster care share their stories and advocate...
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  • CBCAP Online Learning Course
    The FRIENDS National Resource Center on Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention recently launched a free, online learning course offering an introduction to the Community-Based Child Abuse...
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  • Fostering Connections Training
    In 2010, California became one of the first States to take advantage of the provision set forth under the Federal Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 allowing...
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  • Conferences
    Upcoming national conferences on child welfare and adoption through June 2014 include: April 2014 * New World of Adoption Conference 2014 University of Massachusetts Amherst/Rudd...
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