National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Embracing a "Youth Welfare" System: A Guide to Capacity Building

Year Published: 2018
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Children's Bureau

This toolkit from the Child Welfare Information Gateway’s Capacity Building Center for States provides guidance and examples that illustrate the Youth Welfare approach for working with youth in foster care. The Youth Welfare approach recommends shifting from a child-focused system that is reactive, case plan-driven, and protection-focused to a more youth-focused system that is proactive, youth-driven, developmentally-framed, and normalcy-oriented. The toolkit covers the parameters of a youth-focused welfare system, the assessment needs of youth, and the good-better-best continuum service concept.


Available for free download on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at: