Study shows LGBTQ youth don't fare well in child welfare system

Q Notes - February 22, 2019

LGBTQ youth are more likely to end up in foster care or unstable housing and suffer negative outcomes, such as substance abuse or mental health issues, while living in the child welfare system, according to new research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Also: LGBTQ Youth in Unstable Housing and Foster Care: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2019/02/07/peds.2017-4211

https://goqnotes.com/62407/study-shows-lgbtq-youth-dont-fare-well-in-child-welfare-system/

Published in LGBTQ Youth
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 08:58

Zero to Three: State of Babies Yearbook 2019

The 12 million infants and toddlers in the U.S. are our next generation of parents, leaders, and workers. Yet far too many face persistent hardships that undermine their development. We can’t afford to squander the potential of a single child. 

That’s why we’re excited to release the State of Babies Yearbook: 2019. The first of its kind Yearbook compares national and state-by-state data on the well-being of America's babies to help policymakers and advocates advance policies and budgets that put babies and families first. 

Click for the report.

Published in Data & Technology
 
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About the Biden Foundation: The Biden Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation established to carry on Vice President and Dr. Biden’s lifelong commitment to public service. By leveraging existing networks and institutions to support, serve, and advocate for LGBTQ communities, the foundation is dedicated to working toward a future where all people are equal in dignity and opportunity. Learn more about As You Are: https://go.bidenfoundation.org/AsYouA...
 
About the Institute for Innovation and Implementation: The Institute for Innovation & Implementation (The Institute) is a part of the University of Maryland’s School of Social Work. The Institute is committed to building research-based, innovative, sustainable, and transformative child-and family-serving systems, services, and workforce capacity in partnership with government agencies; provider, community, and family- and youth-run organizations; and other leaders and stakeholders to integrate systems and improve outcomes for and with children, youth, and families involved in the public systems. Learn more about The Institute: https://theinstitute.umaryland.edu/

The video is part of a larger campaign by the Biden Foundation, “As You Are: A Family and Community Acceptance Campaign.” Check out stories and resources on family and community acceptance!

Published in LGBTQ Youth

What Adoptive Parents Need to Know About Birth Certificates

Fatherly - December 04, 2018

Adoptive parents overwhelmed by the amount of paperwork involved in the process may not consider how important it is to order a birth certificate. But like an adult's passport or driver's license, the birth certificate is a key entry point to many of a child's daily experiences, from enrolling in preschool to seeing a doctor to signing up for Little League. Which means that, amidst all of the logistical planning, ordering a birth certificate should be at the top of the list. Here's what you need to know about the birth certificate for your newly adopted child.

Also: The Fatherly Guide to Adoption: https://www.fatherly.com/adoption/

https://www.fatherly.com/parenting/what-adoptive-parents-need-to-know-about-birth-certificates/

National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An analysis of trends in crisis connections to the National Runaway Safeline over the past decade (2007-2017).
National Runaway Safeline.
2018
https://www.1800runaway.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/NRS-2018-Trend-Report_Final.pdf

Published in Data & Technology
Friday, 30 November 2018 11:47

Welcoming All Families

Welcoming All Families
The Center for American Progress, in partnership with Voice for Adoption and the North American Council on Adoptable Children, released Welcoming All Families, which explores the impact of religious refusal laws in the child welfare system, tells stories of anti-LGBTQ discrimination against parents and youth in the child welfare system, and presents new data on the cost of keeping children in foster care. Share the report to help make the case for LGBTQ inclusion. While you’re at it, point colleagues to ACAF’s Beginner’s Guide for agencies looking for guidance on how to begin their LGBTQ inclusion efforts.

This information was gathered from the November 30th edition of All Children - All Families from Field Forward.

Published in LGBTQ Youth

Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare - November 20, 2018

While November is recognized as "National Adoption Month," those impacted personally and/or professionally know the scope of permanency is not limited by calendar or lifespan. Specialized skills to support individuals and families at all stages are at the core of the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) program. PACC brings together child welfare and mental health professionals across Minnesota to illuminate their many practice intersections, and offer a shared framework and language. This series endeavors to create an ongoing dialogue between these diverse alumni voices.

https://cascw.umn.edu/pacc/no-finish-line/

Promoting Permanency for Teens: A 50 State Review of Law and Policy.
Johnson, Anna. Speiglman, Richard. Mauldon, Jane. Grimm, Bill. Perry, Miranda.
National Center for Youth Law.
2018
https://youthlaw.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Promoting-Permanency-for-Teens.pdf

Promoting Permanency for Teens: A 50 State Review of Law and Policy explores the diversity of state policies and practices for teens in foster care in two potentially competing areas: teens’ need for a permanent connection to a family (either their birth family, or an adoptive or guardian family), and teens’ developmental and practical needs in transitioning to legal adulthood, independence, and self-sufficiency. In the context of these concurrent goals, policies, practices, and programs can serve as incentives or disincentives to pursuing permanency for teens.

Title: Providing Adoption Support and Preservation Services
Published: 2018
Available from: Child Welfare Information Gateway
URL: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubs/f-postadoptbulletin/
PDF: https://www.childwelfare.gov/pubPDFs/f_postadoptbulletin.pdf

This bulletin draws from available literature and practice knowledge to summarize key issues related to providing effective services to support the stability and permanency of adoptions. It is intended to support adoption professionals in addressing adoptive parents' and children's needs for services, recognizing key considerations in providing services, addressing emerging issues, and meeting common challenges in delivery.

Monday, 08 August 2016 08:58

RISE Magazine

Rise Magazine

Rise magazine is written by parents who have faced the child welfare system in their own lives. Many people don’t know that the majority of children who enter foster care return home to their parents–and that most children in care wish for a lifelong relationship with their parents, whether they live with them or not. Helping parents is fundamental to helping children in foster care.

Through personal essays and reporting, parents illuminate every aspect of the child welfare experience from parents’ perspectives. Sign up for a free individual subscription or purchase print copies to hand out to parents and child welfare staff. For professionals, Rise stories offer insight that can improve how you engage and support fragile families. For parents, Rise offers information, peer support, and hope.

http://www.risemagazine.org/rise-magazine/ 

Published in Parents' Attorneys