Measurable Success: Characteristics of Stronger Parent Representation that Improve Outcomes for Children
By Jaclyn Chambers, Eliza Patten, & Zabrina Aleguire

Executive Summary: 
Inadequate legal representation for parents presents a significant barrier to timely permanency for children in the child welfare system. Improved models of parent representation are arising across the country. These programs, which adhere to a core set of quality standards, are associated with improved permanency outcomes for children and reduce or eliminate the need for foster care in many cases. Policymakers, legislators, and funders should support the growth and continued evaluation of such models to determine the full measure of their potential to improve child well-being and to decrease overall system costs.

Full article attached. Thank you to Zabrina Aleguire and Mimi Laver for permission to post here.

Published in Parents' Attorneys

This guidebook was created through a partnership with Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services and Louisiana Department of Health. The State of Louisiana has participated in several policy academies, consortia and innovative projects to help guide the integration of behavioral health services into physical health in order to enhance services and improve patient care. Louisiana's participation in the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovations Accelerator Program for Substance Use Disorders (IAP/SUD) is just one example of a collaborative effort for stakeholders to come together to address substance use disorders (SUD) and related conditions.

This Toolkit has been approved the the Louisiana Perinatal Commission, which will serve as a partner for statewide dissemination and integration into future projects and initiatives. 

This guide is intended for use in medical settings, but may have a broader use as a reference guide.

Link to Toolkit: http://ldh.la.gov/assets/docs/BehavioralHealth/NASBooklet.pdf 

Published in Children's Justice Act

OJJDP has released the spring 2018 issue of The AMBER Advocate newsletter. This issue features articles on:

• AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Administrator Jim Walters' vision for the future of child protection.
• Faces of the AMBER Alert Network.
• The role an Idaho AMBER Alert played in the recovery of two sisters.
• AMBER Alert in Indian Country.
• AMBER Alert in international news.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children coordinate the AMBER Alert program nationally. As of March 2018, a total of 924 children had been successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system.

Resources:

Find AMBER Alert on Facebook.

OJJDP has released the spring 2018 issue of The AMBER Advocate newsletter. This issue features articles on:

• AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program Administrator Jim Walters' vision for the future of child protection.
• Faces of the AMBER Alert Network.
• The role an Idaho AMBER Alert played in the recovery of two sisters.
• AMBER Alert in Indian Country.
• AMBER Alert in international news.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children coordinate the AMBER Alert program nationally. As of March 2018, a total of 924 children had been successfully recovered through the AMBER Alert system.

Resources:

Find AMBER Alert on Facebook.

Evaluation of the Effects of a Mentoring Program for Youth in Foster Care on Their Criminal Justice Involvement as Young Adults

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - May 14, 2018

The evaluation of the "My Life" mentoring program for youth in foster care found less criminal offending in early adulthood among male participants.

Report: Extending A Randomized Trial of the My Life Mentoring Model for Youth in Foster Care to Evaluate Long-Term Effects on Offending in Young Adulthood: http://www.corrections.com/system/assets/0000/1319/NCJRS.pdf

http://www.corrections.com/news/article/48171-evaluation-of-the-effects-of-a-mentoring-program-for-youth-in-foster-care-on-their-criminal-justice-involvement-as-young-adults

Published in Data & Technology
NCTSN RESOURCE 

Resource Description

Discusses the many transitions experienced by, and the challenges transitions pose for, young traumatized children in the child welfare system. Whether responding to the transition from the biological parents' home to a foster home, from foster home to foster home, or the changes accompanying reunification, those working in the child welfare system will benefit from understanding the effects of these transitions and the appropriate methods for facilitating them.

Published in 2012

Learning Center Instructions

To view on the Learning Center:

  • Click on the link above.
  • Select "Login to this site" if you already have a Learning Center account.
  • OR Select "create a new account" if you need to register.
  • Once you have registered and logged in, you will be able to view the course.

Math Can't Solve Everything: Questions We Need To Be Asking Before Deciding an Algorithm is the Answer

Electronic Frontier Foundation - May 07, 2018

Across the globe, algorithms are quietly but increasingly being relied upon to make important decisions that impact our lives. This includes determining the number of hours of in-home medical care patients will receive, whether a child is so at risk that child protective services should investigate, if a teacher adds value to a classroom or should be fired, and whether or not someone should continue receiving welfare benefits.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2018/05/math-cant-solve-everything-questions-we-need-be-asking-deciding-algorithm-answer

Published in Data & Technology

Handbook Connects Homeless Youth, Supporters to Legal Options

South Florida Gay News - April 27, 2018

Up to 1.6 million youth experience homelessness each year. While that number alone is compelling, the nonprofit True Colors Fund also said that almost half of those youth (about 40 percent) identify as LGBT. In Florida, a partnership has developed to address legal issues and options for homeless youth and their supporters. The coalition is publishing a "Homeless Youth Handbook" and companion website that is two years in the making. Law firm Baker McKenzie leads the partnership, which includes Disney, the American Bar Association's "Homeless Youth Legal Network's Pro Bono Project" and the Florida's Children First organization.

Additional State Handbooks: https://www.homelessyouth.org/

http://southfloridagaynews.com/National/handbook-connects-homeless-youth-supporters-to-legal-options.html

Published in LGBTQ Youth

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims May 2018 as National Foster Care Month (Press release)

Office of U.S. President Donald J. Trump - April 30, 2018

During National Foster Care Month, we reflect on the dedication of foster and kinship caregivers, faith-based and community organizations, and child welfare professionals who are improving the lives of children and youth in foster care throughout the country. Our Nation is deeply indebted to these selfless and compassionate Americans. We also observe this month, with sadness, the plight of innocent children who are in foster care because their lives have been disrupted by neglect or abuse.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/president-donald-j-trump-proclaims-may-2018-national-foster-care-month/

Published in Home Page
Monday, 30 April 2018 11:54

(Service) Planning For Your Future

(Service) Planning For Your Future - RISE MAGAZINE FOR FOSTER YOUTH AND FORMER FOSTER YOUTH


Once a child is removed from home, service plans (or case plans) become a crucial part of a parent’s life. Whether parents complete services and change behaviors are the deciding factors in determining whether a child returns home.

Far too often, service planning leaves parents out and ignores the realities in their lives.

In this issue, parents, caseworkers and attorneys share ideas about how to meet parents where they are and prepare them for successful reunification. Stories in this issue were developed in writing workshops at the Center for Family Representation and Graham Windham, and through a workshop for frontline staff at Sheltering Arms.

CLICK TO LINK TO THIS EDITION - May 2018

 

 

Page 1 of 7

Upcoming Events

June

July

August