An important new study was released October 17, 2016. It will soon be published in Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics. It's the first national large scale study to compare mental health and physical health of foster kids with the general population, including children in economically disadvantaged families. Not surprisingly, it found kids in foster care are: 

  • Seven times as likely to experience depression
  • Six times as likely to exhibit behavioral problems
  • Five times as likely to feel anxiety
  • Three times as likely to have attention deficit disorder, hearing impairments and vision issues
  • Twice as likely to suffer from learning disabilities, developmental delays, asthma, obesity and speech problems

The study is available online at

A PDF copy of the report can be accessed here:

This statement from one of the authors may be particularly of interest:
"This work makes an important contribution to the research community by showing for the first time that foster care children are in considerably worse health than other children. Our findings also present serious implications for pediatricians by suggesting that foster care placement is a risk factor for health problems in childhood."

Information shared by the ABA Center for Children and the Law

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 11:28

Louisiana Regional Resource Guide

The Louisiana Regional Resource Guide has been recently updated and released. This guide is prepared by HP Serve under a human trafficking grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Updated October 2016.

Project Description

The impacts of imprisonment go beyond the imprisoned. More than 5 million children in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison. That is nearly 7 percent of children. Child Trends used data from the National Survey of Children’s Health to examine outcomes associated with having a parent behind bars.

This report found that parental incarceration was associated with having a higher number of other adverse childhood experiences. These experiences include events such as enduring abuse, living with a parent who is mentally ill, or witnessing neighborhood violence, and may lead to long-term, serious health and other problems. Parental incarceration was also associated with lower levels of school engagement, and more emotional difficulties in younger children, and a greater likelihood of problems in school and less monitoring by parents for older kids. The project was funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. parents behind bars image 1

Communications Strategies and Tactics

Child Trends developed and executed a concerted, wide-reaching outreach effort targeted to key audiences such as practitioners, policymakers, advocacy and membership organizations, thought leaders, and the media. Audiences such as the Prison & Family Justice Project, the National Institute of Corrections, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Forum for Youth Investment—just to name a few—were asked to use the information in the report for targeting interventions and policies meant to support children whose parents have been incarcerated.

Child Trends designed and distributed a news release, two infographics, two blogs, a special edition of its electronic newsletter, and a toolkit of suggested social media posts for stakeholder organizations to use, related to the report. The communications department identified programs for families of the incarcerated that were willing to serve as secondary media contacts for any reporters looking for direct-service providers. Child Trends gave advanced copies of the report to an exclusive list of reporters from outlets such as the Associated Press, Washington Post, and Seattle Times before the release date. We orchestrated a proactive social media push on launch day and posted the first blog, Children with a Parent in Prison: The Forgotten Casualties. The second blog, What Happens When Moms Go to Prison, ran one day later on the Huffington Post. The special edition Child Trends E-News: Children with Parents in Prison was sent to 23,000 subscribers of Child Trends’ weekly E-News.


In October, Rise will start a new writing workshop for young parents who grew up in foster care. Please share the application widely. Since 2012, our 'My Story, My Life' project has amplified the voices of young parents who grew up in foster care through writing, public speaking and collaborations with researchers and policymakers.  

Sponsored by RISE

Published in Youth
This report is a listing of research that has been compiled about TBRI as developed by the TCU Institute of Child Development. It is a review of the literature that they have compiled.
Published in Data & Technology

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children and Adolescents
National Center for PTSD, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Provides information on events that may cause PTSD, how many children are affected, risk factors, symptoms, and treatment.

SAMHSA's Concept of Trauma and Guidance for a Trauma-Informed Approach (PDF - 454 KB)
Presents a working concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach that is acceptable and appropriate across an array of service systems. This paper utilizes research, practice and survivor knowledge to generate a framework for improving the capacity of multiple service systems and public institutions to better address the trauma-related issues of their communities.

Published in Service Providers

Kids Share 2016 report cover

Kids’ Share 2016 is the tenth annual analysis of federal spending and tax investments in children and families. The report finds the children’s share of the budget is projected to be vastly outweighed by interest that will be paid on the national debt. Kids’ Share 2016 projects that absent any policy change, children’s share of the budget will continue to decline. Kids’ Share 2016 offers these detailed analysis on the federal budget, and more. The report was commissioned by First Focus and produced by the Urban Institute with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Download the report.

Published in Data & Technology
For most young people, family is there to lend a hand with things like rent, groceries, and support as they make the first few steps into adulthood. Unless they’ve been in foster care. Fostering Change commissioned this research to provide an economic perspective on the challenges and opportunities associated with youth aging out of government care. Over three reports we consider:
(1) current educational, economic, social and wellness outcomes;
(2) the costs of those outcomes; and
(3) the costs of increased supports in relation to the potential savings and benefits they offer.
This series of reports offers important new insights into the economic consequences and issues for youth aging out of care. To our knowledge, no previous study in BC has attempted to estimate the costs of current outcomes and the potential benefits from better preparing and supporting youth from care in the early years of their adulthood.
The findings are very clear. First, youth aging out of government care do not receive the same financial, social and other supports that most young people receive from their parents. Second, educational, economic, social and wellness outcomes are poor for many youth aging out of government care. Third, the immediate and long-term costs of these adverse outcomes are very high — hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Last, the cost of increased supports is small relative to the potential savings and benefits to youth from care, and to society as a whole.
An Economic Analysis of Investing
in Youth Aging out of Foster Care
Published in Data & Technology
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