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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…

Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care

Supporting Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This article describes an innovative program that connects teens in foster care with supportive adults through social events that can lead to meaningful, long-term, teen-adult connections, including friendships, mentoring, and adoption. More than 400,000 children are in foster care in the U.S., with more than 100,000 of them waiting to be adopted. Yet many will age out of foster care into adulthood without an adoptive family. Teens and young adults aging out of foster care, even those with preparation and training for the transition, often do not fare well in young adulthood. Many face challenges in areas of education, employment, homelessness, finances, the criminal justice system, and meeting health and mental healthcare needs. The Washington, DC, Family and Youth Initiative helps youth ages 12 to 21 in foster care find stable adult relationships through regular teen-adult social events, host family visits, advocacy, and outreach. The program involves a cadre of adult volunteers and monthly social events. Research demonstrates that teens with tangible support from meaningful adult relationships fare better than those without. Pediatric nurses, aware of the challenges these teens face adjusting to adulthood, can begin to explore referral and support options for such teens in their own locales using resources provided in this article. 

Accession number
25414
Authors
Ahmann, E.
Type new
Journal Article
Organization

Maryland University of Integrative Health, Laurel, MD

Journal Name

Pediatric Nursing

Series
Family Matters
Volume new
43
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available by subscription at the journal site (http://www.pediatricnursing.net/index.html) and may also be available through libraries and interlibrary loan.

Nine Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness: A Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation

Nine Guiding Principles to Help Youth Overcome Homelessness: A Principles-Focused Developmental Evaluation
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This book chapter describes an evidence-based, principles-focused developmental evaluation that was part of a larger grant program funded by the Otto Bremer Foundation, a private foundation serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. The foundation provided grants to six local youth-serving agencies to address youth homelessness in the Twin Cities. The developmental evaluation was initiated to create a process by which the six agencies could collaborate to improve the outcomes for youth and identify and empirically validate guiding principles. To meet these goals, the researchers engaged the foundation and agency leaders in collaborative evaluation inquiry during monthly reflective practice meetings, which included analyzing 14 youth case studies. The developmental evaluation process resulted in a principles statement and dissemination packet to be used by the agencies going forward. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25510
Authors
Murphy, N.F.
Type new
Book Chapter
Year published new
2016

Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness

Measuring Up: Youth-level Outcomes and Measures for System Responses to Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report from Chapin Hall outlines a set of outcomes and measures associated with the core outcome areas for youth experiencing homelessness presented by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Framework to End Youth Homelessness. This initiative provides communities with a set of metrics to help facilitate consistent data collection related to core outcomes for youth experiencing homelessness across programs and organizations, regardless of their funding source. The report covers the following core outcome areas: stable housing, permanent connections, education, employment, and social-emotional well-being. The authors contend that adopting these consistent measures will improve the evidence and tools for youth outcomes nationwide. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25838
Authors
Morton, M.H., Blondin, M., Chrisler, A., Pufpaff, J., Kull, M.A., Kugley, S., Elliott, K.
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/Measuring-Up-Youth-Outcom…

Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults

Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) developed this resource for policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders as a guide to applying the principles outlined in the organizations’ earlier report, “Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.” The goal of this guide is to help communities prevent homelessness among juvenile justice-involved young adults and to decrease the likelihood that young adults experiencing homelessness become involved with the juvenile justice system. CJJ provides recommendations for action following each of the 10 principles. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25700
Authors
Pilnik, L.
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Implementi…

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness

Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief provides specific criteria and benchmarks for ending unaccompanied youth homelessness in order to help guide communities as they implement a coordinated community response. The criteria and benchmarks are intended to help communities drive down the number of unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness while building long-term solutions that can effectively respond to future needs. Criteria include: 1) The community identifies all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness, 2) The community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible and otherwise provides immediate access to low-barrier crisis housing and services to any youth who needs and wants it, 3) The community uses coordinated entry processes to effectively link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services solutions that are tailored to their needs, 4) The community acts with urgency to swiftly assist youth to move into permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports, and 5) The community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end future experiences of homelessness among youth. The benchmarks included in the brief allow communities to measure their progress against established, specific goals. 

Accession number
25400
Authors
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) website: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Youth_Criteria_Be….

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know

Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness: What Service Providers Need to Know
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) provides information to service providers about the educational rights of children and youth under the McKinney-Vento Law. It outlines eligibility and implementation requirements according to the law. NCHE discusses how community agencies and school districts can more effectively coordinate services for homeless children and youth.

Accession number
25701
Type new
Brief
Organization

National Center for Homeless Education

Series
McKinney-Vento Law Into Practice Brief Series
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available for free download on the NCHE website at: https://nche.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/service_providers.pdf

Assessing Whether Your Community Has Achieved the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness

Assessing Whether Your Community Has Achieved the Goal of Ending Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This factsheet provides information from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) on specific criteria and benchmarks for ending youth homelessness to help guide communities as they develop and implement a coordinated community response. The series of questions helps communities assess whether they have met the criteria, such as whether the community has identified all unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness; if the community uses prevention and diversion strategies whenever possible, and provides immediate access to low-barrier shelter to any youth who needs and wants it; whether the community uses coordinated entry processes to link all youth experiencing homelessness to housing and services that are tailored to their needs; whether the community acts with urgency to assist youth to move into permanent or non-time-limited housing options with appropriate services and supports; and if the community has resources, plans, and system capacity in place to continue to prevent and quickly end future experiences of homelessness among youth. 

Accession number
25409
Authors
United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Brief
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for download free of charge at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Youth_Questions_t….