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Case Management

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

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…

Using Case Records to Understand Client Experiences

Using Case Records to Understand Client Experiences
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. For the second phase, six of the 18 organizations received funding to refine and test their comprehensive service models with a three-year implementation grant. This issue brief describes the challenges, lessons learned, and next steps of one grantee—Lighthouse Youth Services in Cincinnati, Ohio. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25490
Authors
Hicks, M., Harding, J., Mecum, B.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Mathematica Policy Research

Series
Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) Lessons from the Field
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…

Specialized Case Management for Young Adults in Extended Federal Foster Care

Specialized Case Management for Young Adults in Extended Federal Foster Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Urban Institute highlights the types of challenges and emerging program and policy practices child welfare agencies and other providers and stakeholders are dealing with to address the needs of transition-age youth in extended foster care. Furthermore, it poses recommendations for creating a responsive child welfare system for young adults since many states have extended foster care eligibility to age 21, and some provide supportive services through age 23. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25863
Authors
McDaniel, M., Dasgupta, D., Park, Y.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Urban Institute

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Urban Institutes website at: https://www.urban.org/research/publication/specialized-case-management-…

Rapid Re-Housing Handbook Version 1.0: A Resource Guide for Rapid Re-Housing Programs

Rapid Re-Housing Handbook Version 1.0: A Resource Guide for Rapid Re-Housing Programs
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide from Point Source Youth provides information about how to implement, evaluate, and refine rapid re-housing (RRH) programs for youth. The handbook defines the RRH approach as a youth-centered solution that helps young people obtain a lease in their name and provides wraparound services that support them as they work to maintain stable housing. It covers the core components of RRH, the justification for implementing RRH, and information about the joint transitional housing to rapid re-housing (TH-RRH) component HUD introduced in 2017.

Accession number
25779
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Point Source Youth

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the Point Source Youth website at: https://www.pointsourceyouth.org/rapid-rehousing

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness

Quick Guide for Counseling Staff Working With Students Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This guide provides information on how school counseling personnel can support students who are experiencing homelessness. It includes a list of questions to assess their immediate needs related to safety, food, health, family dynamics, transportation, employment, and school. In addition, the guide provides school counselors with action steps they can take based on the outcome of the initial assessment. A checklist for graduation planning is also included. The author discusses issues such as trauma and other barriers that school counselors should consider when working with this student population.

Accession number
25448
Authors
Hurt, Dee
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Schoolhouse Connections

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the Schoohouse Connections website at: https://www.schoolhouseconnection.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Quick-…

Promoting Permanency for Older Youth in Out-of-Home Care

Promoting Permanency for Older Youth in Out-of-Home Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the Children’s Bureau provides information for child welfare professionals about the importance of permanency planning for youth. This planning should include both legal permanency, such as decisions about reunification versus adoption, and relational permanency, such as identifying caring adults in the youth’s life. These adults may provide long-term support that can help youth transition to adulthood and may become a legal permanent option. The brief covers current federal legislation that supports youth permanency as well as strategies for permanency planning with youth. These include involving youth in permanency planning, strengthening reunification services, and helping youth maintain or establish relationships with kin.

Accession number
25844
Type new
Brief
Organization

Childrens Bureau

Series
Bulletin for Professionals
Year published new
2019
Availability

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

Memo from CalYOUTH: Relationships between Youth and Caseworker Perceptions of the Service Context and Foster Youth Outcomes

Memo from CalYOUTH: Relationships between Youth and Caseworker Perceptions of the Service Context and Foster Youth Outcomes
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall looks at the service context for youth in extended foster care and how the youth and the caseworkers perceive the services in this context. The authors of this memo used data from the three available sources of the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH), which include longitudinal youth surveys, caseworker surveys, and administrative data. The report presents the key findings that support increased collaboration between child welfare and secondary education systems and expanding the availability of affordable housing options for young adults. It also discusses the importance of listening to how foster youth feel about the services they receive in extended care.

Accession number
25839
Authors
Courtney, M.E., Park, S., Harty, J., Feng, H.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

Available for free download on the Chapin Hall website at: https://www.chapinhall.org/research/creating-effective-services-depends…

Memo from CalYOUTH: Early Findings on the Impact of Extended Foster Care on Foster Youths Postsecondary Education Enrollment and Persistence

Memo from CalYOUTH: Early Findings on the Impact of Extended Foster Care on Foster Youths Postsecondary Education Enrollment and Persistence
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall presents a study using data from a large sample of youth from California child welfare records to estimate the impact of extended foster care on postsecondary education outcomes. The sample includes youth who were in the child welfare system before and after the state of California extended foster care to age 21. The study looks at three outcomes: enrollment by age 21, persistence by age 21, and the number of semesters completed by age 21. The researchers found that extended foster care increases the likelihood that youth under supervised care will enroll in postsecondary education before turning 21 but does not increase the rates of persistence or the number of semesters completed among this youth population. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25736
Authors
Okpych, N.J., Park, S., Courtney, M.E.
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Year published new
2019
Availability

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

Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation

Key Ingredients for Successful Trauma-Informed Care Implementation
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief describes how to establish a trauma-informed approach at the organizational and clinical levels. It is a product of the multi-site demonstration project called Advancing Trauma-Informed Care, which is led by the Center for Health Care Strategies. The authors look at opportunities for improving care, reducing health care costs for patients with histories of trauma, and incorporating trauma-informed principles, which can lead to improved patient engagement, health outcomes, and provider and staff wellness. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25827
Authors
Menschner, C., Maul, A.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Center for Health Care Strategies

Year published new
2016
Availability