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March 2019Vol. 20, No. 2Spotlight on Integrating Youth and Parent Voices in Program Design, Planning, and Improvement

This month's issue of CBX highlights the importance of including youth and parent voice when designing and implementing programs and services to meet their needs. Read a message from Jerry Milner, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau, and David Kelly, special assistant to the Associate Commissioner, that emphasizes the importance of committing to listening to parents and youth and treating them with decency and respect at all times. The issue also includes a variety of resources and publications for professionals and families that focus on youth and parent engagement.

News From the Children's Bureau

Read about strategies to involve youth in service planning to reduce homelessness among their peers previously in foster care, eight youth engagement approaches agencies and organizations can implement to help youth advocate for themselves, and a list of the latest additions to the CB website.

Child Welfare Research

We highlight a study that looks at parent and child perspectives on a collaborative school-based program that seeks to prevent substance use, juvenile delinquency, school failure, mental health problems, and violence and a study that focuses on parent's viewpoints on the challenges they face during the early years of their children's lives in order to inform policies and programs.

Strategies and Tools for Practice

This section of CBX offers publications, articles, reports, toolkits, and other resources that provide either evidence-based strategies or other concrete help to child welfare and related professionals.


This section of CBX provides a quick list of interesting resources, such as websites, videos, journals, funding or scholarship opportunities, or other materials that can be used in the field or with families.

Training and Conferences

Find trainings, workshops, webinars, and other opportunities for professionals and families to learn about how to improve the lives of children and youth as well as a listing of upcoming events and conferences.