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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

Missed Opportunities: Pathways from Foster Care to Youth Homelessness in America

Missed Opportunities: Pathways from Foster Care to Youth Homelessness in America
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This is the seventh in a series of Research-to-Impact briefs by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to understand and address youth homelessness. This brief highlights actions that child welfare systems, public systems, and nonprofit organizations can take to prevent young people who have experienced foster care from becoming homeless. It outlines the implications of four key child welfare policies and presents eight recommendations for policymakers, public system leaders, and practitioners to start discussing how to change laws, regulations, systems, and programs to prevent youth homelessness. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25776
Authors
Dworsky, A., Gitlow, E., Horwitz, B., Samuels, G.M.
Type new
Brief
Organization

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Series
Research-to-Impact Briefs
Year published new
2019
Availability

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

Family Separation, Reunification, and Intergenerational Trauma in the Aftermath of Human Trafficking in the United States

Family Separation, Reunification, and Intergenerational Trauma in the Aftermath of Human Trafficking in the United States
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This journal article looks at the implications of family separation as a result of human trafficking and migration. The authors conduct a literature review about the possible intergenerational transmission of trauma in the aftermath of human trafficking and family reunification. This article aims to connect research on family separation and reunification in relation to migration with the little research that exists about family reunification and trafficking survivors. The authors use the perspective of social service providers to explain how families move from crisis back to balance. They discuss family resiliency frameworks as empowering models for serving survivors of human trafficking and their families during the reunification process. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25625
Authors
Juabsamai, K., Taylor, I.
Type new
Journal Article
Journal Name

Anti-Trafficking Review

Year published new
2018

Child Separation Among Families Experiencing Homelessness

Child Separation Among Families Experiencing Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This brief from the ACF Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) uses data from the Family Options Study to explore how often children in homeless families were separated from their parents before, during, and after staying in emergency shelters. This analysis includes both voluntary and involuntary child separations among the 5,397 children in 2,282 families who either stayed with their families in emergency shelter or were separated from their families upon entry. The brief also describes the subsequent separation and reunification experiences of children in the 1,857 families who responded to the 20-month survey and the 1,784 families who responded to the 37-month survey. The findings show children separated from their families were older on average and most stayed with the other parent or relatives during separation.

Accession number
25718
Authors
Walton, D., Wood, M., Dunton, L.
Type new
Brief
Organization

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation

Series
Homeless Families Research Brief
Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the OPRE website at: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/opre/opre_child_separation_…