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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

Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness

Solid Foundations DC: Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This report describes the District of Columbias (DC) Comprehensive Plan to End Youth Homelessness (CPEYH), developed to complement the Districts overall plan to transform its homeless services system into an effective crisis response system focused on making homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring. In 2014, the DC Council passed the LGBTQ Homeless Youth Reform Amendment Act and the End Youth Homelessness Act. The bills provided resources to improve data collection and conduct an annual youth homelessness census, as well as develop the CPEYH. The plan establishes a roadmap for building an effective system of care for unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness and an immediate framework for advancing coordinated work to prevent and end youth homelessness. The plan includes sections on understanding youth homelessness, including how DC trends compare to trends in the U.S.; a description of the plans vision and goals, principles, and building blocks; results of the modeling completed as part of the strategic planning process; and key strategies and transition planning to optimize the investments in the system and maximize results. The report concludes by noting that addressing youth homelessness is about more than stabilizing the immediate crisis and providing a quick connection to permanent housing. It is about helping youth develop healthy relationships with trusted adults, addressing emerging physical and behavioral health conditions, building independent living skills, and helping youth onto a path toward economic self-sufficiency.     

Accession number
25397
Authors
District of Columbia Interagency Council on Homelessness
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Year published new
2017
Availability

Available free of charge from the District of Columbia website: https://ich.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/ich/page_content/attach….

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

Pay for Success Feasibility Tool Kit: Considerations for State and Local Leaders

Pay for Success Feasibility Tool Kit: Considerations for State and Local Leaders
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This toolkit from the US Department of Education provides general information about Pay for Success (PFS) projects, which are projects that support evidence-based approaches by leveraging private investment to address societal problems and challenges while typically using government funds only when a project meets measurable, positive outcomes. This toolkit is an introductory guide for state and local governments and other stakeholders interested in exploring the possibility of a PFS project for education or related societal issues. It provides information to support stakeholders in determining if PFS is a viable financing strategy for them, lays out steps usually involved in conducting a feasibility study, and highlights critical questions and important safeguards to consider in using PFS. The Appendix includes tools that may be useful for PFS projects, including definitions of terms used throughout the document.

Accession number
25688
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development

Year published new
2017
Availability

Available for free download on the US Department of Education website at: https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/pay-for-success/pay-for-success-tool…

Lessons Learned from the Planning Phase

Lessons Learned from the Planning Phase
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 with each grantee. (author abstract modified)

Accession number
25492
Authors
Bradley, M.C., Knas, E., Klein Vogel, L.
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…

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness

Home, Together: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), an interagency federal initiative, has developed its strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness for fiscal years 2018 through 2022. The plan identifies and describes essential federal strategies intended to help states, communities, and public and private partners to build effective, lasting systems that work toward meeting the current USICH goals and to help respond to housing instability and homelessness in the future. The plan also seeks to serve as a road map for non-federal agencies and partners, providing a detailed framework through which they can identify and implement their own strategic activities and align their efforts with federal agencies and other partners. USICH presents these strategies as the eight objectives of the Home, Together plan. 

Accession number
25580
Type new
Paper/Research Report
Organization

United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Year published new
2018
Availability

Available free of charge on the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness website at: https://www.usich.gov/resources/uploads/asset_library/Home-Together-Fed…

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Social Media Toolkit

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Social Media Toolkit
Electronically published journal article, but not part of an issue

No

Abstract

This social media toolkit was developed by the Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program to help grantees and other youth-serving organizations increase the visibility and impact of their efforts among youth, key stakeholders, and potential partners. The toolkit provides guidance on how organizations can tell their stories effectively using basic social media tactics and tools. A list of additional resources is provided.

Accession number
25569
Type new
Guide/Toolkit
Organization

Family and Youth Services Bureau

Year published new
2017