The United Way ALICE Project provides a framework, language, and tools to measure and understand the struggles of a population called ALICE — an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE is the growing number of households in our communities that do not earn enough to afford basic necessities. This research initiative partners with state United Way organizations to present data that can stimulate meaningful discussion, attract new partners, and ultimately inform strategies for positive change.

Based on the overwhelming success of this research in identifying and articulating the needs of this vulnerable population, the United Way ALICE Project has grown from a pilot in Morris County, New Jersey in 2009, to the entire state of New Jersey in 2012, and now to the national level with 18 states participating. Louisiana United Ways are proud to join the more than 540 United Ways in these states that are working to better understand ALICE’s struggles. Organizations across the country are also using this data to address the challenges and needs of their employees, customers, and communities. The result is that ALICE is rapidly becoming part of the common vernacular, appearing in the media and in public forums discussing financial hardship in communities nationwide.

Together, United Ways, government agencies, nonprofits, and corporations have the opportunity to evaluate current initiatives and discover innovative approaches that give ALICE a voice, and create changes that improve life for ALICE and the wider community.
To access reports from all states, visit

The Louisiana ALICE report is attached to this page. Please click on the link to open it. 


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Effects of Parenting Programs on Child Maltreatment Prevention: A Meta-Analysis.
Chen, Mengtong. Chan, Ko Ling.
Trauma Violence and Abuse
17(1)p. 88-104


Abstract The objective of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of parenting programs in reducing child maltreatment and modifying associated factors as well as to examine the moderator variables that are linked to program effects. For this meta-analysis, we searched nine electronic databases to identify randomized controlled trials published before September 2013. The effect sizes of various outcomes at different time points were computed. From the 3,578 studies identified, we selected 37 studies for further analysis. The total random effect size was 0.296. Our results showed that parenting programs successfully reduced substantiated and self-reported child maltreatment reports and reduced the potential for child maltreatment. The programs also reduced risk factors and enhanced protective factors associated with child maltreatment. However, the effects of the parenting programs on reducing parental depression and stress were limited. Parenting programs produced positive effects in low-, middle-, and highincome countries and were effective in reducing child maltreatment when applied as primary, secondary, or tertiary child maltreatment intervention. In conclusion, parenting programs are effective public health approaches to reduce child maltreatment. The evidence-based service of parenting programs could be widely adopted in future practice.

Parenting Programs for the Prevention of Child Physical Abuse Recurrence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Vlahovicova, Kristina. Melendez-Torres, G. J. Leijten, Patty. Knerr, Wendy. Gardner, Frances.
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review
20(4)p. 351-365

Clinical characteristic and risk factors of recurrent sexual abuse and delayed reported sexual abuse in childhood.
Hu, Mei-Hua. Huang, Go-Shine, Huang, Jing-Long. Wu, Chang-Teng. Chao, An-Shine. Lo, Fu-Song. Wu, Han-Ping.
97(14)p. 1-5


Child sexual abuse (CSA) is a global problem that affects children of all ages, and the evaluation of these victims by psychologic and gynecologic experts in pediatric emergency departments is an important issue. Few data are available on the characteristics of children admitted to pediatric emergency department with recurrent CSA and delayed reported CSA. The aim of the present study was to describe the clinical features of, and risk factors for, recurrent CSA and delayed reported CSA. The study retrospectively analyzed victims of CSA who were admitted to a pediatric emergency department. Chi-square tests and univariate analyses were performed to assess the risk factors of recurrent or delayed reported CSA. Of the 91 CSA cases, 32 (35.2%) were recurrent assaults. Of the 70 cases recorded the duration of the event, 22 (31.4%) were delayed report cases. Comparisons of the non-recurrent and recurrent CSA assault groups revealed a significant increase in comorbidities (odds ratio [OR]: 4.46, 95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.54–12.93), acute psychiatric problems (OR: 3.18, CI: 1.26–8.06), attempted suicide (OR: 4.23, CI: 1.28–13.99), and the need for treatment with antipsychotic medications (OR: 5.57, CI: 1.37–22.65). Compared with non-delayed reported cases, the delay reported cases of CSA were significantly more likely to have anxiety (P < .05). The CSA victims in the present study exhibited acute medical and/or psychosocial problems, which indicate that pediatric emergency professionals have a responsibility to look for and recognize particular characteristics in these victims.

Monday, 26 November 2018 11:10

Defining and Counting Youth Homelessness

Defining and Counting Youth Homelessness - Administration for Children and Families - November 20, 2018

Causes of running away and homelessness among young people are many and varied, as are potential consequences. Several factors make it difficult to determine the scope of the issue of youth homelessness, including the number of homeless youth and young adults in the United States. In addition to there being no consistent methodology for conducting a youth count and no consistent definition of homeless youth across federal agencies, homeless young people may not be connected to formal support services such as child welfare, juvenile justice, and mental health systems; the education system; or youth shelters and drop-in centers.

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The 2017 CBCAP State Report Summary of Exemplary Practices is an overview of the 52 CBCAP Annual Reports submitted to the Children's Bureau by each State Lead Agency (SLA). This report highlights many of the activities and services implemented during the 2016-17 funding year. It includes an interactive map of the states, infographics, and examples of reported activities from SLAs in CBCAP topic-related areas.

In the interactive map, State Leads may view their state's profile or look at other states' profiles to learn about their work.

Information shared in each state profile includes:

  • Numbers served
  • CBCAP allocations and leveraged funds for FY2017
  • Core services provided and a brief description of each
  • CBCAP funding by evidence-based levels

Exemplary examples from over 40 selected state reports are shared across CBCAP topic-related areas and include examples of: collaboration with substance use, mental health and domestic violence services; innovative funding; collaboration with child welfare and unique collaborations; evaluation, prevention plans, success stories, innovative programs, ACEs and special populations such as fatherhood, incarcerated parents and human trafficking.

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FRIENDS has released its first podcast: Historical Trauma Among African Americans, ACES, and Resilience

The traumatic history of African Americans, how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) compound multi-generational trauma, and what hope looks like are considered in this podcast.

Three experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Child Traumatic Stress Center, NC State University, and a local Head Start Program provide evidenced-based information on ACES, historical trauma and bias, and how hope and resilience play a role in mitigating these hardships in African American families. Listen to learn about adjustments practitioners can make to improve trust and inclusiveness in programs services.

Follow the link, to listen to the podcast and explore additional resources:

We hope you enjoy listening and find it useful for your work and in other environments.

Thank you to Melissa Merrick at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Isaiah Pickens at the UCLA National Child Trauma Stress Network, and Deric Boston with NC State University and Durham Head Start Programs for contributing.

Valerie Spiva Collins, Director

FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP

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Wednesday, 31 October 2018 15:03

Introduction to "The Safety Guide"

We want to share this quick 5-minute overview with you about the Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys that was co-authored by Jennifer Renne and Theresa Roe-Lund. We use this textbook and the bench cards in our Safety Decision Making courses that we host in Louisiana. We offer a one-hour webinar and a 6 hour class periodically. Click for the video link.

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State Network Snapshots 2017.
National Family Support Network.

State by State Data

Published in Data & Technology
Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:46

Build the skills to support tribal youth.

Kognito’s online role-play simulations prepare individuals to effectively lead real-life conversations that change lives. 



Please help spread the word in Indian Country about the no-cost availability of these innovative resources to support tribal youth. For user technical support, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For questions regarding this training, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 405.271.8858.

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