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

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:

Published in Data & Technology
Monday, 14 May 2018 10:49

Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit


Resource Description

Teaches basic trauma-informed knowledge, skills, and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system who have experienced trauma. The Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit also prides information on how to support children's safety, permanency, and well-being through case analysis and corresponding interventions tailored for them, their biological, and resource families.

Published in 2013

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Published in Children's Justice Act

May was first declared as National Foster Care Month in 1988. Since then, May has been a time to acknowledge the contributions of foster caregivers and the needs of children in foster care. In 2015, there were an estimated 427,910 children in foster care. A child can be removed from the home and placed in foster care for a variety of reasons including abuse or neglect, parent-child conflict, and the presence of serious physical or behavioral problems in the child that cannot be addressed in the home.

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for birth parents, resource parents, (i.e. foster care, kinship care providers, and adoptive parents), youth, and child welfare and mental health professionals that address the needs of children and adolescents in foster care including mental health treatment, permanency planning, and the transition to independence for older foster care youth.

A list of external resources related to foster care is available here.

Published in Home Page

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.

Published in Data & Technology
Wednesday, 09 May 2018 16:44

Children of the Opioid Epidemic

Children of the Opioid Epidemic

New York Times Magazine - May 09, 2018

Of the estimated 2.1 million Americans currently in the grip of opioid addiction, many are women of childbearing age. The young-adult population has been hardest hit, proportionately, with nearly 400,000 adults ages 18 to 25 suffering from addiction to prescription painkillers (the vast majority) or heroin.

Also: Information Gateway Resource: Substance Use Disorder Treatment Services:

Published in Children's Justice Act

Early Treatment Program for Opioid-Dependent Newborns Significantly Reduces Cost While Maintaining Medical and Safety Outcomes (Press release)

Joint Commission - May 03, 2018

Findings showed no significant differences between the two groups regarding medical and safety outcomes, or child protective services involvement. However, the traditional care NAS infants were more likely to be treated in a higher-level nursery or to have emergency department visits, and the median per-birth charges were approximately $8,204 lower for MAiN infants.

Also: Early Treatment Innovation for Opioid-Dependent Newborns: A Retrospective Comparison of Outcomes, Utilization, Quality, and Safety, 2006-2014:

Also: Management of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome: The Importance of a Multifaceted Program Spanning Inpatient and Outpatient Care (Commentary):

Published in Children's Justice Act

Disability, Race and Reasons: What We Know, and Don't Know, About Disparity in School Discipline

Chronicle of Social Change - April 18, 2018

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report this month on school discipline with a topline finding that "black students, boys and students with disabilities were disproportionately disciplined (e.g., suspensions and expulsions) in K-12 public schools." Education officials in California told GAO that "homeless and foster youth frequently miss school because of all the transitions and instability in their lives." In Texas, the report said, "officials also reported attendance issues with students who are homeless or in foster care because they lack transportation and clothing."

Report: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities:

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:

Published in LGBTQ Youth

Fostering Hope: Rising above Adversity in the Child Welfare System (Press release)

Crixeo - April 30, 2018

National Foster Care Month was first established by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. Since the creation of National Foster Care Month, it has been designated as a time to acknowledge the hard work of the individuals, organizations and communities pulling together to improve the lives of America's most vulnerable children.

Also: National Foster Care Month 2018:

Published in Children's Justice Act
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