In the work to end youth homelessness, there is general agreement that young people need stable housing, permanent connections, education and/or employment, and an overall sense of well-being to succeed and thrive—and to make sure they never experience homelessness again. Indeed, to receive federal funding through the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, community-based grantees must measure and report on outcomes in these core areas. To date, however, there has been limited federal guidance on how this should be done. What to measure—and how to measure it—remains a glaring gap. As a result, providers and systems struggle to independently identify these measures, and there is wide inconsistency nationally.


Morton, Matthew. Chrisler, Alison. Kugley, Shannon. Kull, Melissa. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Youth Collaboratory.


Monitoring and evaluation are essential activities for making informed decisions and guiding improvements. This brief can help child welfare agency leaders, managers, and teams partner with evaluators and data analysts to monitor and evaluate the implementation and impact of a program or other intervention and apply findings over the course of the change and implementation process. 

Capacity Building Center for States. 2019

Published in CIP Administration

During the transition from adolescence to adulthood, youth achieve important developmental milestones, such as learning decision-making and coping skills and becoming more independent. Older youth often rely on family and other supportive adults to help them during this transition by providing guidance as well as a financial and emotional safety net. However, these supports are often unavailable to older youth who are leaving the foster care system. Older youth who age out of foster care are at increased risk for several adverse adult outcomes, including homelessness, high unemployment rates, low educational attainment, and early or unintended pregnancies. Extended foster care is one tool to lessen these risks by providing older youth with the opportunity to receive services and establish permanent connections with supportive adults prior to leaving the foster care system. While most states offer some version of extended foster care, utilization among older youth remains low across the country.

Rosenberg, Rachel. Abbott, Samuel. Child Trends.


The nature of conflict has changed, putting children in the frontline in new and terrible ways. Wars are lasting longer. They are more likely to be fought in urban areas amongst civilian populations leading to deaths and life-changing injuries, and laying waste to the infrastructure needed to guarantee access to food and water. Attacks on schools and hospitals are up. The denial of humanitarian aid is used as yet another weapon of war. The international rules and basic standards of conduct that exist to protect civilians in conflict are being flouted with impunity. 

Graham, George. Kirollos, Martam. Fylkesnes, Gunvor Knag. Salarkia, Keyan. Wong, Nikki. Save the Children.


Published in Children's Justice Act

 Health care providers and payers are increasingly taking responsibility for health outcomes and population health through a variety of approaches, including screening for social determinants of health. Just as pediatricians need time and training to integrate these screenings into their practices, parents may not necessarily expect to discuss social needs with pediatricians when they take their children to them for care.
Attempts to integrate social determinants of health screenings into pediatric primary care are more likely to succeed if they are grounded in an understanding of parents’ receptivity to discussing social needs and responsive to their concerns about doing so. Yet little research has asked parents, particularly low-income parents, for their perspectives about social determinants of health and how screenings can be implemented successfully. To help fill this gap, Public Agenda, with support from United Hospital Fund, conducted qualitative research with low-income parents in New York City in an effort to obtain answers to three main questions:
What are these parents’ perspectives on social determinants of health?
How receptive are they to discussing social needs with pediatricians?
What are their ideas for making social determinants of health screenings work well?

Schleifer, David. Diep, Antonio. Grisham, Kirk. Public Agenda. United Hospital Fund.


Published in General

The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to addressing the factors that affect child and adolescent health with a focus on issues that may leave some children more vulnerable than others. Racism is a social determinant of health that has a profound impact on the health status of children, adolescents, emerging adults, and their families. Although progress has been made toward racial equality and equity, the evidence to support the continued negative impact of racism on health and well-being through implicit and explicit biases, institutional structures, and interpersonal relationships is clear. The objective of this policy statement is to provide an evidence-based document focused on the role of racism in child and adolescent development and health outcomes. 

Trent, Maria. Dooley, Danielle G. Douge, Jacqueline. American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Adolescent Health, Council on Community Pediatrics, Committee on Adolescence. 2019 Pediatrics 144(2)16 p.

Published in General

The Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) Program is managed by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), an operational division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 
 United States. Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The 30th edition of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT® Data Book begins by exploring how America’s child population — and the American childhood experience — has changed since 1990. And there’s some good news to share: Of the 16 areas of child well-being tracked across four domains — health, education, family and community and economic well-being — 11 have improved since the Foundation published its first Data Book 30 editions ago.

Annie E. Casey Foundation.

International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry - May 11, 2019

Among various health professionals, general dental professionals (GDPs) screen children frequently, giving them a unique opportunity to act upon suspicion of child maltreatment. The dental team has received considerable attention regarding safeguarding children.  The aims of this study were to explore whether GDPs have mutual collaboration and communication with the Child Welfare Services (CWS), and potential barriers for reporting child maltreatment.

Published in Children's Justice Act

U.S. Department of Education Announces Initiative to Address the Inappropriate Use of Restraint and Seclusion to Protect Children with Disabilities, Ensure Compliance with Federal Laws (Press release)

U.S. Department of Education - January 17, 2019

"This initiative will not only allow us to support children with disabilities, but will also provide technical assistance to help meet the professional learning needs of those within the system serving students," Secretary DeVos said. "The only way to ensure the success of all children with disabilities is to meet the needs of each child with a disability. This initiative furthers that important mission."

Also: Report: K-12 Education: Federal Data and Resources on Restraint and Seclusion:

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