Author(s): Bartlett, Jessica Dym.;Steber, Kathryn.
Published: 2019
Available from: Child Trends

Children who are exposed to traumatic life events are at significant risk for developing serious and long-lasting problems across multiple areas of development.[1],[2],[3],[4] However, children are far more likely to exhibit resilience to childhood trauma when child-serving programs, institutions, and service systems understand the impact of childhood trauma, share common ways to talk and think about trauma, and thoroughly integrate effective practices and policies to address it—an approach often referred to as trauma-informed care (TIC).[5]

Published: 2019
Available from: Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality and embraced as full members  of society at home, at work and in every community.
For nearly 12 years, All Children - All Families (ACAF) has been a crucial component of the HRC Foundation’s efforts to realize that vision by providing resources to guide child welfare agencies in developing LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.
These organizations, from small nonprofit foster care and adoption agencies to large county or state child and family services agencies, do extremely vital work with children, families and communities every day. We share their commitment to ensuring that all children feel a deep sense of love and belonging and that all families are valued and have access to the resources they need to thrive.


Author(s): Minton, Sarah.;Giannarelli, Linda.
Published: 2019 

This report presents findings from an analysis of six U.S. social safety net programs that are means tested and provide regular monthly benefits. The programs include: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; public or subsidized housing; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and child care subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. 

Author(s): Millenky, Megan.;Hossain, Farhana.
Published: 2019
Available from: MDRC 

This report presents the findings of an evaluation of the PACE Center for Girls, a Florida-based nonprofit organization that serves girls of middle school and high school age who are at risk of involvement with the justice system. PACE operates a nonresidential, year-round program that offers a blend of academic and social services to girls in a gender-responsive environment that develops their strengths and addresses any trauma. 


Effective Strategies for Courtroom Advocacy on Drug Use and Parenting by Dr. Ron Abrahams and Nancy Rosenbloom


Parent defenders know the challenges of working with pregnant and parenting women who are involved with the child welfare system because of allegations that they use drugs. The child welfare system can seem stacked against these mothers, often removing their babies and imposing expectations and timeframes that can be difficult to meet before reunification can occur. This article recommends a harm reduction approach to advocating for parents accused of child neglect or abuse related to drug or alcohol use. Parent advocates can use this information to educate judges and child welfare agency professionals about harm reduction strategies, and how they can keep families together while promoting good health care and minimizing court and child welfare agency involvement in families' lives.


The Families in Recovery Program

Since its inception in Canada 15 years ago, more than 1,500 women, their babies and families have benefited from the Families in Recovery (FIR) rooming-in program founded by Dr. Abrahams. It is the first combined care maternity unit in North America. The program supports women and their newborns to stabilize and withdraw from substances with the goal of keeping mothers and babies together to improve their health. The fundamental underpinning of FIR is that it is an "apprehension free space" where authorities do not remove children from their parents, and where the staff encourage breastfeeding for mother and baby to bond while supports are put into place for their discharge together from the hospital where they gave birth back into the community. This model has been shown to be cost effective, along with improving health outcomes for both children and mothers. The lessons learned from this work toward ensuring a "healthy sustainable community" provide the basis for this article.

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Published in Parents' Attorneys

Published: 2019
Journal Name: Insights (California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership)
v. 17, Part 1, Summer 2019, p. 1-16
Available from: California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership link(opens in new window)
925 L Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
Printable version (PDF): external link(opens in new window)
Abstract: This brief explains children and families coming into contact with the child welfare system are often those with the most acute, severe, and persistent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Many children and youth not only suffer from neglect and abuse in the home, but are also affected by racism, poverty, and the legacy of historical, multigenerational trauma

Title: The Substance Abuse Crisis: Counties Search for Solutions (Special Issue of County News).
Published: 2019
Journal Name: County News
February 18, 2019,
Document available online at: external link(opens in new window)
Printable version (PDF): external link(opens in new window)
Abstract: This special issue examines the substance abuse crisis that is impacting counties across the United States. Articles discuss: the impact of drug overdoses; the continued use of methamphetamine; the need for interagency collaboration to create process that increase access points for substance abuse treatment; efforts in Cabell County, West Virginia, to address the high opioid prescribing rates and prescription drug misuse; strategies that can be used to save lives, including the prescription of buprenophine in mental health and primary care settings and the dispensation of naloxone at those same settings; medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorders; the impact of the termination of Medicaid coverage during incarceration; the benefits and challenges of needle exchange programs; the increasing pressure for counties to file lawsuits in hopes of recouping the costs they have shouldered to battle the opioid addiction epidemic; the role jails can play in breaking the cycle of opioid deaths; and resources to help with substance abuse. 

Author(s): Karoly, Lynn A.
Published: 2019
Available from: Rand Corporation 

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Abstract: This report reports findings from an examination of the early childhood programs across New Hampshire, the current investments under way and how they match with underlying needs, and where there are opportunities to invest further in early childhood programs, particularly home visiting and preschool education.

First Book and ImpactED - September 23, 2019
The most common barriers to learning faced by kids in need have nothing to do with what goes on at school, according to survey results released today by First Book and ImpactED at the University of Pennsylvania. The majority of those surveyed - 3,000 educators exclusively serving low-income communities - reported that a lack of family engagement, inadequate access to behavioral health support, and the impact of trauma are the most significant obstacles preventing kids from learning. These barriers, all issues related to the toxic stress of poverty1, must first be addressed before a child can learn, according to the educators.
Also: First Book Education Barriers Survey:


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.


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