Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:12

A Practitioner’s Guide to Cost Analysis

The FRIENDS National Center is pleased to announce the addition of a cost analysis page to their website.  On the webpage you will find four briefs that address a three-part framework that were originally released in November, 2015.  The framework was developed in partnership with the Center for Public Partnerships and Research (KU-CPPR) at the University of Kansas (KU-CPPR), and was based on interviews with ten CBCAP State Leads.  State Leads shared their experiences collecting data, identifying stakeholders, and conducting other activities in preparation for analyzing costs related to program activities and outcomes.

As a follow-up to the briefs, a Practitioner’s Guide to Cost Analysis:  First Steps & Cost Analysis Case Study from Children’s Trust Fund of Missouri has been released and is also available on the website,

This new Guide offers:

  • A map to follow in determining where to start with this type of work
  • Recommended action steps for each element of the three-part framework
  • Experiences from CBCAP State Leads shared in the interviews
  • A description of storytelling through numbers, or using social math
  • A detailed case study outlining the experience and results of a cost analysis conducted of CBCAP funded services by the Children’s Trust Fund in Missouri
  • An appendix with additional resources


Published in Data & Technology

Pediatricians are encouraged to screen their patients' parents for substance abuse, be alert for symptoms of child abuse or neglect, monitor children for developmental and academic delays and be familiar with mandatory reporting requirements for suspected neglect or abuse, according to an AAP clinical report. The report can be accessed online - click here.

The attached file is a compilation of the 2016 Louisiana legislation impacting children and courts exercising juvenile jurisdiction. Compiled by Karen Hallstrom, LA Supreme Court.


The attached document is a compilation of the 2016 Legislative Acts that Impact the Children's Code in Louisiana. Compiled by Karen Hallstrom, LA Supreme Court.

Today, Polaris released the 2015 data from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline and Polaris's BeFree Textline. In 2015, 5,973 cases of human trafficking were reported to the NHTRC and Polaris. In total, 25,696 trafficking cases have been reported through the NHTRC and Polaris's BeFree Texline since December 2007, establishing the largest data set on human trafficking in the United States. Many people have been directly involved in these 25,000 cases.

Download a summary of the NHTRC and BeFree statistics here.

Total reported cases to the NHTRC increased by 10% since 2014, with a 15% increase in reported sex trafficking cases. While the cases of labor trafficking reported to the NHTRC decreased from 818 in 2014 to 712 in 2015, we largely attribute this decline to a chronic lack of awareness of labor trafficking within the United States.

The NHTRC and BeFree hotlines serve a variety of individuals, but the primary goal is to reach as many victims and survivors as possible to ensure they can be connected to help if they want it. Over the past year, 1,636 survivors of sex and labor trafficking sent calls, texts, emails, and webforms to the hotlines -- a 24% increase over 2014. More women, children, and men who have found themselves in trafficking situations are reaching out and receiving life-changing services and support.

But the NHTRC isn't just a lifeline for survivors, it's a useful tool for stopping traffickers, too. A new groundbreaking report from Northeastern University found that requiring the NHTRC number to be posted in public areas was the most effective way to increase the number of human trafficking arrests. Since 2007, the NHTRC has provided over 6,500 tips to law enforcement, including 1,400 in 2015.

Thank you for being a valuable partner in the fight against human trafficking. It is an honor to work alongside you. We look forward to continuing to support your efforts to not only respond to trafficking in your community, but ultimately, eradicate it as well.

With our best from Polaris,

Audrey Roofeh
Director of Advisory Services

Violence against girls is a painfully American tale. It is a crisis of national proportions that cuts across every divide of race, class, and ethnicity. The facts are staggering: one in four American girls will experience some form of sexual violence by the age of 18. Fifteen percent of sexual assault and rape victims are under the age of 12;1 nearly half of all female rape survivors were victimized before the age of 18.2 And girls between the ages of 16 and 19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.

And in a perverse twist of justice, many girls who experience sexual abuse are routed into the juvenile justice system because of their victimization. Indeed, sexual abuse is one of the primary predictors of girls’ entry into the juvenile justice system.4 A particularly glaring example is when girls who are victims of sex trafficking are arrested on prostitution charges — punished as perpetrators rather than served and supported as victims and survivors.

Once inside, girls encounter a system that is often ill-equipped to identify and treat the violence and trauma that lie at the root of victimized girls’ arrests. More harmful still is the significant risk that the punitive environ- ment will re-trigger girls’ trauma and even subject them to new incidents of sexual victimization, which can exponentially compound the profound harms inflicted by the original abuse.

This is the girls’ sexual abuse to prison pipeline.

This report exposes the ways in which we criminalize girls — especially girls of color — who have been sexually and physically abused, and it offers policy recommendations to dismantle the abuse to prison pipeline. It illustrates the pipeline with examples, including the detention of girls who are victims of sex trafficking, girls who run away or become truant because of abuse they experience, and girls who cross into juvenile justice from the child welfare system. By illuminating both the problem and potential solutions, we hope to make the first step toward ending the cycle of victimization-to-imprisonment for marginalized girls.


Report prepared by:

Human Rights Project for Girls
Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality
Ms. Foundation for Women
November 2015


Healthcare Providers Play Unique Role in Preventing Violence

Clinicians can prevent violence, a serious public health problem.

CDC has released an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Violence in the United States: Status, Challenges, and Opportunities. This article highlights strategies that communities, organizations, and healthcare providers can take to identify, treat, and prevent violence.

CDC findings show that interpersonal violence is a major public health, social, and developmental threat, and that it is a leading cause of death among children, adolescents, and young adults. Not only can exposure to violence cause immediate physical wounds that clinicians recognize and treat, but it can also result in long-lasting mental and physical health conditions that are less apparent to health care providers.

Despite the burden of violence in communities, many violent events often go unreported and untreated. The article highlights a need for multi-sector collaboration in implementing successful prevention strategies, and healthcare providers are in a unique position to identify and assist patients at risk of suffering violence.

CDC indicates that priority should be given to developing and implementing strategies that can reduce multiple forms of violence, with a focus on programs that prevent violence among children and youth. Many forms of violence have similar risk and protective factors and interventions can therefore have a broad impact.

Clinicians should be aware that exposure to violence is common among patients, even if unreported. CDC authors highlight various effective strategies for preventing violence that can be implemented within clinics, community organizations, and local government. Clinicians play an important role in advancing such violence prevention strategies.


Learn More

· For more information on CDC’s Division of Violence Prevention, please visit

· VetoViolence: Violence prevention resources and trainings:

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention · 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333 · 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

Published in Children's Justice Act

The attached document was compiled by Karen Hallstrom, Louisiana Supreme Court. This list is a review of legislation from the 2015 Spring Session that impacts children & families.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Children's Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families and the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) Civil Rights Division have entered into a new collaborative partnership to assist state and local child welfare agencies and courts in meeting their responsibilities to promote the safety, permanency, and well-being of America's children and their families while at the same time ensuring compliance with federal civil rights laws.  The Children's Bureau administers funds and provides guidance, training, and technical assistance on federal child welfare law.  OCR and DOJ enforce a number of civil rights laws that apply to state and local government entities and recipients of federal financial support involved in the child welfare system.  Recipients of federal financial assistance, including financial support from the Children's Bureau, are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and, in the context of their education programs on the basis of sex, and must comply with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), the Age Act of 1975 (Age Act), and the Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994, as amended (MEPA), and their implementing regulations.  In addition, state and local government entities must comply with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The goals of the child welfare and nondiscrimination laws are mutually attainable and complementary; for example, ensuring that parents and prospective parents have equal access to parenting opportunities without encountering artificial barriers posed by discrimination improves the lives of the children in their care.  However, OCR and DOJ have determined that, in some cases, discriminatory barriers exist that have denied biological, foster, and adoptive parents and prospective parents  an equal opportunity to benefit from protections and services offered to others in the child welfare system.  They are thus joining with the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) to issue practical guidance to supplement their enforcement activities.

Link to Full Text of the Cover letter:

Link to Full Text of the Technical Assistance Document:

Link to PDF of Full Text of the Technical Assistance Document:

Issue 3: A Critical Look at Child Protection

Stacia Walling Driver and Wright S. Walling, Examining the Intersection of Chemical Dependency and Mental Health Issues with the Juvenile Protection System Timelines as Related to Concurrent Planning and Termination of Parental Rights

This article is from the William Mitchell Law Review Journal. The link will take you directly to the article.

July 2015

Published in Children's Justice Act
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