This report turns the lens on young people who age out of foster care and explores four areas — education, early parenthood, homelessness and incarceration — where they fare worse than their general population peers. Readers will learn the economic cost of this shortfall and see how targeted interventions can help these youth while also erasing billions of dollars in unnecessary costs.

Read this new report from Annie E. Casey Foundation - click here.

Released January 2019

Advocate - February 16, 2019

They first came to the Legislature as part of a fledgling internship program through the nonprofit Louisiana Institute for Children in Families. But they are expected to be key players this session, as the Legislature debates extending foster care beyond age 18.

Published in Children's Justice Act

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:

Published in LGBTQ Youth

A new comprehensive resource with easy-to-use interactive features compiles critical data on children, youth, and families who had contact with the child welfare system in 2017. This resource highlights state- and national-level data on child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregiving, and adoption. These data are important because they help public officials and advocates understand how many children and youth had contact with the child welfare system, and why these interactions occurred.

Access website - click here.

Published in Data & Technology
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
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:
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:

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


January 30, 2019

Overcoming Barriers to Making Meaningful Reasonable Efforts Findings
by Judge Leonard Edwards, ret.*

Certain changes in juvenile court practice can lead to more meaningful reasonable efforts findings. Granted, there are many barriers that prevent judges from making these findings. This article explains what reasonable efforts findings the judge must make, some of the most challenging barriers that prevent the judge from making these findings, and a solution that could make reasonable efforts findings more meaningful.

Understanding Reasonable Efforts
“Reasonable efforts” findings are judicial rulings that the child welfare agency (the agency) has or has not provided appropriate services at different times during a child welfare case. According to federal and state laws judges must make reasonable efforts findings at least three distinct times during the case.[1]

The judge must make:

  1. a finding that the social worker provided reasonable efforts (services/interventions) to prevent removal of the child from parental care;
  2. findings that during the reunification period, the social worker provided reasonable efforts (meaningful services) to promote reunification between the parents and their child; and
  1. reasonable efforts findings that the social worker has taken steps to make and finalize alternate permanency plans for each foster child in a timely fashion.[2] The permanent plan could be with parents, a legal guardian, a relative, or an adoptive home.

View the full article. This information is published in the ABA Child Law Practice Today. This is an online resource, click here for this issue and archived issues.


[1] Social Security Act §§471(a)(15), 472(a)(1), 42 U.S.C.A. §§671(a)(15), 672(a)(1)(West Supp. 1981).
[2] 42 U.S.C. §§672(a)(2)(A)(ii); 45 C.F.R. §1356.21(b)(2)(2006).

 This information is published in the ABA Child Law Practice Today. This is an online resource, click here for this issue and archived issues.

 National Judicial Opioid Task Force Launches Online Resource Center

Chattanoogan - January 29, 2019

The National Judicial Opioid Task Force, co-chaired by Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts Director Deborah Taylor Tate, recently launched a resource center to address the ongoing opioid epidemic featuring dozens of facts sheets, videos, and other resources for judges and the general public regarding the opioid crisis and substance abuse disorders including treatment and services; special populations, including children and veterans; and collaborative efforts and data sharing among law enforcement medical professionals and the judicial branch.


Published in Children's Justice Act

Infancy and toddlerhood are periods of incredible possibility and opportunity. Children grow and develop more rapidly during the first three years than any other time in their lives. Their everyday experiences—where they sleep and play, what they eat, and who loves and cares for them—shape their development and lay a foundation for future learning. With the right supports, every child in every family can get a strong start.

Read the full report - click here.

Prepared by Zero to Three

2018 Home Visiting Yearbook.
National Home Visiting Resource Center.

2018 Home Visiting Yearbook: An Overview.
National Home Visiting Resource Center.

Published in Data & Technology
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