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Youth Engagement in Child Welfare Service Planning

Youth Engagement in Child Welfare Service Planning
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families, funded a multi-phase grant program to build the evidence base on what works to prevent homelessness among youth and young adults. This initiative is called the Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH). This issue brief looks at methods YARH grantees used to engage youth in the development of new comprehensive service models intended to reduce homelessness among youth who are in or formerly in foster care. The brief provides samples of YARH grantees activities. (abstract modified)

Accession number
25732
Authors
Gothro, A., Caplan, V.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Mathematica Policy Research

Series
Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) Issue Brief
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Mathematica website at: https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publicati…

Working with Youth to Develop a Transition Plan

Working with Youth to Develop a Transition Plan
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide from the Children’s Bureau outlines the federal legislative requirements of transition plans for child welfare professionals and other providers who work with youth aging out of foster care. It provides information about the planning process that includes breaking down long term goals into incremental goals that are specific and measurable. This guide discusses how caseworkers can partner with transitioning youth to develop a strength-based plan that supports their needs over time. It includes additional resources.

Accession number
25756
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/transitional_plan.pdf

Voices from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Handling Child Sex Trafficking Cases

Voices from the Bench: Judicial Perspectives on Handling Child Sex Trafficking Cases
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report discusses how the juvenile justice system has generally handled domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) cases and how victim-centered approaches are now emerging from the field. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges interviewed judges from different areas of the country, both urban and rural, who have implemented court-based reforms for DCST cases. This report presents the major themes and lessons learned from these interviews and serves as a practical guide for judges who wish to improve outcomes for the children and youth involved in their DCST cases.

Accession number
25755
Authors
Bohannan, T., Cullen, C., Devault, A., Ely, C., Siegel, G., Trescher, S.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

Series
Technical Assistance Bulletin
Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the NCJFCJ website at: https://www.ncjfcj.org/DCST-Judicial-Voices

Varied Progress Toward Comprehensive Service Models and Evaluations

Varied Progress Toward Comprehensive Service Models and Evaluations
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Children’s Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), funded a multi-phase grant program to build the evidence base on what works to prevent homelessness among youth and young adults who have been involved in the child welfare system. Known as Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH), this program funded 18 organizations for the first phase for two years. During the planning phase, grantees conducted data analyses to help understand their local population and develop comprehensive service models to improve outcomes in housing, education and training, social well-being, and permanent connections. This brief is part of a series that summarizes high-level themes from a process study of YARH grantees’ activities and accomplishments during Phase I. This information was gleaned from grant applications, grantees’ semi-annual progress reports, and two-day site visits to each grantee. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25494
Authors
Fung, N., Gothro, A., Knas, E., Bradley, M.C.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Mathematica Policy Research

Series
Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) In the Spotlight
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Mathematica Policy Research website at: https://www.mathematica-mpr.com/our-publications-and-findings/publicati…

Utilizing Coaching to Prevent Homelessness Among Transition-Age Youth with Foster Care Histories

Utilizing Coaching to Prevent Homelessness Among Transition-Age Youth with Foster Care Histories
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief provides an overview of how child welfare providers can use a coach-like engagement approach to work with at-risk youth. During Phase I, a Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) grantee in Colorado developed an intervention model to prevent and address homelessness among transition-age youth. The authors describe the Pathways to Success model as an intensive, youth-driven, case management approach designed for youth ages 14 to 21 who are currently in foster care, preparing to age out, or have already aged out and become homeless. Furthermore, the model uses a coaching method adapted from the Co-Active Life Coaching model originally designed for adult and college student populations. Now in Phase II, the grantee has implemented the program in three collaborative test sites that represent urban, suburban, and rural communities across Colorado. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25802
Authors
Prendergast, T., Davis, L.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Center for Policy Research

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Center for Policy Research website at: https://centerforpolicyresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/RB2_Coaching_Fin…

Understanding the Differences in How Adolescents Leave Foster Care

Understanding the Differences in How Adolescents Leave Foster Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This policy brief from Chapin Hall explores how young people leave foster care among those who first enter care between ages 13 and 17. The researchers used data from a longitudinal foster care archive of approximately 3 million children nationwide. They analyzed reasons for leaving care by age at first admission and by placement history. They found that age at entry and placement history are both linked to youth outcomes. For example, teenagers who first enter care at age 15 have the highest chance of running away and are less likely to reach permanency than those who entered care earlier in their adolescence, in part because they are more likely to reach the age of majority while in care. Similarly, the types and configuration of placements and the number of placement changes affect the chances of youth reaching permanency or running away while in foster care.

Accession number
25762
Authors
Wulczyn, F., Huhr, S., Schmits, F., Wilkins, A.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Series
The Center for State Child Welfare Data
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/wp-content/uploads/Understanding-the-Differe…

Understanding Strengths in Relation to Complex Trauma and Mental Health Symptoms with Child Welfare

Understanding Strengths in Relation to Complex Trauma and Mental Health Symptoms with Child Welfare
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article describes a longitudinal study of the individual strengths of youth, and how these strengths related to complex trauma exposure, traumatic stress symptoms, risk behaviors, and other mental health needs. The study assessed 7,483 children and adolescents as they entered an intensive stabilization program with the Illinois child welfare system. Findings suggest that strengths helped buffer the effect of trauma on a range of traumatic stress and mental health symptoms among youth receiving services through child welfare. The authors suggest that early identification and development of a youth’s strengths can help mitigate risk-taking behaviors and mental health and functional difficulties. They discuss the implications of implementing more targeted trauma-informed care and strengths-based assessment and service planning. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25818
Authors
Kisiel, C., Summersett-Ringgold, F., Weil, L.E.G., McClelland, G.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Volume new
26
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available by article purchase or journal subscription. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10826-016-0569-4

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Therapy: A Primer for Child Welfare Professionals
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This fact sheet from the Children’s Bureau defines trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) as a treatment that combines elements of cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, family therapy, attachment theory, and developmental neurobiology to help clients overcome trauma-related difficulties, including child maltreatment. TF-CBT may be an appropriate treatment for children and youth ages 3 to 18 who have experienced trauma or traumatic loss and present with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, behavioral problems, and other related symptoms.

Accession number
25753
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website at: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/trauma/

Transforming Child Welfare Systems: What Steps Can Our Agency Take to Become More Trauma Informed?

Transforming Child Welfare Systems: What Steps Can Our Agency Take to Become More Trauma Informed?
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from Casey Family Programs provides child welfare agencies with strategies to develop a trauma-informed approach. It outlines 11 strategies and provides examples to help clarify each concept. The brief includes information about evidence-informed interventions and highlights promising results from two existing trauma-informed programs.

Accession number
25826
Type new
Brief
Organization

Casey Family Programs

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free on the Casey Family Programs website at: https://caseyfamilypro-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/media/TS_Trauma-informed…

Transformational Relationships for Youth Success

Transformational Relationships for Youth Success
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) presents findings from more than 80 interviews with youth-serving organizations’ leaders, workers, and the youth they support. It outlines the behaviors workers and organizations exhibit that help facilitate transformational relationships with young people. The study includes interviews with youth dealing with system involvement, substance abuse, mental health problems, and homelessness, who have made major improvements in their lives. CSSP conducted this study in collaboration with the Dartington Social Research Unit in the UK. The full report is available on the CSSP website.

Accession number
25655
Type new
Brief
Organization

Center for the Study of Social Policy

Year published new
2018
Availability