Author Archives: Jamar Little

Modernizing Minor Guardianship in State Courts

More than 4% of all children live in kinship care arrangements, where relatives are responsible for children who may or may not have a living biological parent. One such arrangement is commonly known as minor guardianship, where caregivers can petition … Read More

Capacity Building Center for Tribes Prevention Brief

Introduction Prevention-centered practices are rooted in the belief that a child’s connection to their family and tribal communities keeps the community whole. Honoring our stories, Indigenous ways of knowing, and belief systems when developing prevention practices can help programs increase … Read More

Advocating For Reasonable Efforts For LGBTQIA+ Youth In Foster Care

Attorneys representing children and youth in foster care cases have an affirmative duty to advance equity for their clients. This responsibility is particularly important when providing legal representation to LGBTQIA+ youth, who experience disproportionate and disparate child welfare outcomes. NACC … Read More

Here’s How Companies Can Show Up for Unconventional Families

An unconventional family, by our definitions, is one that falls outside of the traditional dynamic of a heterosexual couple with biological children. Today, families come in all different varieties. In fact, 80 percent of households in the U.S. have an atypical structure. … Read More

Fostering Responsible Tech Use

Balancing the Benefits and Risks Among Public Child Welfare Agencies Across the country, child welfare agencies work with over 390,000 youth in foster care each year by temporarily placing them in foster homes, facilitating adoption if parental rights are terminated, … Read More

Improving Timely Health Care for Children and Youth in Foster Care: How to Build a Family of Measures

Measuring progress is essential to successful quality improvement (QI) initiatives. There are three types of measures in quality improvement QI: outcome measures, process measures, and balancing measures. Taken together, these three measure types make up a family of measures. Below … Read More

Timely Health Care for Children and Youth in Foster Care: Getting Started on Quality Improvement

This video provides an overview of how Medicaid and child welfare agencies can start a QI project to improve timeliness of health services for children and youth entering foster care. The Model for Improvement is built on small tests of … Read More

Rethinking Peer Influence and Risk Taking: A Strengths-based Approach to Adolescence in a New Era

The past twenty-five years have witnessed two dramatic changes in adolescent mental health in the United States.The first, a dramatic decrease in a wide range of adolescent externalizing behaviors, has been fortuitous. Rates of adolescent rule- and norm-breaking behaviors have … Read More

Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care

The laws dictating how adoption and guardianship are granted, by which court, and what those options entail are developed at the state and tribal levels, so the intricacies for obtaining these legal relationships differ. The Brief The brief provides general … Read More

The Cycle of Violence: Effects of Violence Experience, Behavior, and Attitudes on Adolescents’ Peer Rejection Networks

Introduction In the early lifespan, children’s socio-emotional development is largely influenced by their parents or guardians (Halle and Darling-Churchill, 2016). New social relationships are established when children are at school, which is why the school peer group is of particular … Read More