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

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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

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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
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

 

 

The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education is pleased to release the latest edition of the Fostering Success in Education: National Factsheet on the Educational Outcomes of Children in Foster Care.

This publication provides a review of data and research, laws, and promising programs impacting the educational success of children in foster care. It consists of four sections that can individually or collectively inform advocates, policymakers, agency leaders, and other key stakeholders. These four sections are:

1) A brief data at a glance summary about the educational outcomes of students in foster care;

2) A summary of select federal policies that support educational stability and success and increased data collection and reporting;

3) A comprehensive review of the studies and research related to the education of students in foster care, with accompanying citations; and

4) An overview of some promising data-supported programs or interventions around the country designed to benefit students in foster care. 

This national factsheet reflects a shift in policy and practice around the country over the past decade. The first edition, released in 2006, included a limited, but consistent, group of research studies, all depicting the poor educational outcomes of students in foster care. The 2006 national factsheet raised awareness about the critical importance of prioritizing education for students in foster care. For more than a decade, through the leadership of the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education (National Working Group), with support from various foundations including Casey Family Programs, the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Stuart Foundation, several revised editions of this factsheet have been released, including this 2018 version.

We now have a growing body of research that reflects the educational needs of this group of students, most of which still indicates that students in foster care face significant educational challenges. Fortunately, we also have a growing number of federal and state laws that provide rights and protections for students in foster care, and many promising programs and interventions designed to address a wide range of factors influencing the disparities in education outcomes. With cross-system collaboration and the implementation of improved federal and state policies, we are positioned to build on what is being learned, bring about change, and promote success for all children and youth in foster care. We are grateful to the National Work Group members who have provided information to make this resource a valuable compilation of data, research, and promising interventions. This publication was compiled by the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, a project of the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, in partnership with the Education Law Center and Juvenile Law Center.

We encourage you to share this resource with your networks.

Sneha Barve

Staff Attorney, Center on Children and the Law American Bar Association

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Sociopathic parents exist and can cause great harm to their children through both emotional and physical abuse, even to the point of producing sociopathic children. In addition, co-parenting with a sociopath can be very troubling.

sociopath is a man or a woman who cares only about him/herself (What Is A Sociopathic Person Like?). All the world is his stage, and all the people merely his puppets on a string. He is a social predator in all aspects of his life, including parenthood; he's a sociopathic parent.

Read the full article, click here: https://www.healthyplace.com/personality-disorders/sociopath/sociopathic-parents-and-their-effects-on-children/ 

Human Trafficking, Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Pursuant to Act 564 Louisiana 2014 Regular Session. Annual Report, February 2018.
Report to the Louisiana Legislature.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
2018
http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/searchable/Child%20Welfare/PlansReports/Human%20Trafficking%20Report%202018.pdf

 

ALSO AVAILABLE:

Report to the Louisiana Legislature Relative to Human Trafficking, Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, and Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Pursuant to Act 564 Louisiana 2014 Regular Session. February 2017.
Report to the Louisiana Legislature.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
2017
http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/searchable/Child%20Welfare/PlansReports/HumanTraffickingReport_2017Release.pdf

 

Relative to Human Trafficking, Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes, and Commercial Sexual Exploitation Report. Pursuant to Act 564of the 2014 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature. February 2016.
Report to the Louisiana Legislature.
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services.
2016
http://dcfs.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/searchable/Child%20Welfare/PlansReports/HumanTraffickingReport.2016.DCFS%20Final.pdf

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