Supporting Diverse Family Structures Through Social Safety Net Programs

Families do not exist in isolation but are instead deeply connected to the socioeconomic and policy environments in which they live. Changing economic conditions play a key role in how families live and form. For example, research has shown that economic stressors, … Read More

Economic Empowerment for People Who Have Experienced Human Trafficking: A Guide for Anti-Trafficking Service Providers

Introduction Human trafficking is a crime inextricably tied to economic victimization. Economic instability is a common precursor to human trafficking exploitation. During a trafficking experience, economic instability may be made worse if individuals are prevented from keeping or controlling their … Read More

All Children – All Families: The State of LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Child Welfare – 2023 Report

All Children – All Families and the child welfare leaders participating in the program are driving the field forward to reshape the delivery of services to LGBTQ+ youth and families. Since 2007, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All … Read More

Effectiveness of Family-Involved Interventions in Reducing Co-Occurring Alcohol Use and Mental Health Problems in Young People Aged 12–17: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

1. Introduction Mental health and substance use disorders are the 6th leading contributors to the global burden of disease in young people below the age of 24 [1], measured as disability-adjusted life years (DALYs). Alcohol is the most widely used … Read More

Take Action For Adolescents: A Call To Action For Adolescent Health And Well-Being

FRAMING THE CALL TO ACTION Take Action for Adolescents ‒ A Call to Action for Adolescent Health and Development (Take Action for Adolescents or “the Call to Action”) advances the vision that all adolescents in the United States (U.S.) should … Read More

Take Action Toolkit

A Guide To Implementing Take Action For Adolescents- A Call To Action For Adolescent Health And Well-Being I.The Call to Action The Office of Population Affairs (OPA) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) worked with federal … Read More

Advancing Child Trauma Screening Practices: An Evidence-Informed Framework for a Pictorial Child Trauma Screening Tool

Child trauma exposure has been identified as a public health crisis, with lifetime victimization/exposure rates for children ages birth to 18 years ranging from 9% to over 50%, depending on the type of victimization (Finkelhor et al., 2013). The Substance … Read More

Sexual Post-traumatic Stress Among Investigators Of Child Sexual Abuse Material

Statement of relevance to a police audience The findings of this study have important implications for law enforcement officers who are exposed to child sexual abuse material (CSAM) as part of their investigative work. The study identified several factors associated … Read More

Supporting the Sexual and Reproductive Health of Youth in Foster Care After Roe

Bodily autonomy—or the ability to make decisions about our bodies, health, and sexuality without policing or coercion by others—is essential to living a life with dignity, and yet, in this country, it is not guaranteed to all. The U.S. has … Read More

Kids and Teens Need Resilience

They can learn it—and we can help December 8, 2023 By: Mary K. Alvord, Ph.D. Read time: 8 min A few decades ago, I met a 6-year-old girl from Russia. For her privacy, I’ll call her K. I saw many Russian-born … Read More