Author Archives: Susan Delle Shaffette

A Toolkit for Juvenile Justice Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters

Young people are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of natural disasters, and those who are involved in the juvenile justice system are at particularly high risk for experiencing disaster-related traumatic stress and other mental health and behavioral challenges. However, … Read More

National Adoption Month Resources for Legal Professionals

Legal professionals often collaborate with the child welfare system and are integral to achieving permanency for teens. To provide quality representation and ensure the case plan meets the young person’s needs, legal professionals must engage youth. The resources below provide … Read More

Native American Heritage Month – ICWA

During Native American Heritage Month, we hope you will join us in celebrating ICWA’s legacy of keeping Native children safe, healthy, and connected to their families, communities, and cultures by learning more about allyship, active efforts, and building effective tribal-state … Read More

MCLE: Deadlines Approaching for Earning, Reporting CLE Credits

The deadlines are quickly approaching for earning and reporting continuing legal education credits for the year. Preliminary transcripts will be mailed to the membership on or before Dec. 1. Don’t miss the opportunity to take courses online this year. You … Read More

Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team Have It?

Child and Family Futures is pleased to announce the release of the third resource in the Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative (PFR) Putting Ideas Into Action: Knowledge Application Series: Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team … Read More

Family Treatment Courts – Strategy Briefs

Children and Family Futures (CFF), in partnership with Casey Family Programs, has developed a series of three briefs on family treatment courts (FTCs). The briefs inform professionals in child welfare, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment, courts, and other key stakeholders about the … Read More

KIDS COUNT Adds New Dataset on Youth and Young Adults

As part of an increased focus on teens and young adults, the KIDS COUNT® Data Center has added a suite of data on the health and well-being of youth ages 14 to 24. The dataset contains more than 60 indicators on … Read More

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Court Process and Legal Rights Guide For Foster Caregivers

The guide is hosted on the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services website and was created in 2021. This guide is to be used to learn more about Child in Need of Care (“CINC”) cases. It is for foster … Read More

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Needs

Many children and students struggle with mental health challenges that impact their full access to and participation in learning, and these challenges are often misunderstood and can lead to behaviors that are inconsistent with school or program expectations. The COVID-19 … Read More

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Safety Guide: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

The purpose of this Guide is to provide judges and attorneys with a practical summary about child safety so they can: Evaluate whether agency recommendations regarding child safety are based on sufficient information; Recognize recommendations that follow logical reasoning and … Read More