Chronicle of Social Change - April 19, 2019

"We work in a field in which those who only know it vicariously believe we are on the wrong side," said one keynote speaker, Martin Guggenheim, a professor of law at New York University. "We work closely with parents who lose the most precious thing in the world (their children} and they lose it to a regime in which the people taking that away from them celebrate their victory.

Published in Parents' Attorneys

CNN - April 19, 2019

Researchers used publicly available data from the National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, administered by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention every year. From the 300 emergency rooms sampled, the researchers tracked the number of children between 5 and 18 who received a diagnosis of suicidal ideation or suicide attempts each year.

New Foster Parents Gain Experience with Incremental Challenges

Policy & Practice - April 01, 2019

The new foster parents are ready for their first foster children. Seemingly, there should be no hesitation. But are these brand new foster parents really ready for any foster child? From a social work and legal perspective, would it be acceptable to put a young sibling group into a foster home if the parents have little or no parenting experience? There is a giant learning curve from licensed foster parent to successful foster parent and it is the obligation of the licensor and case managers to ensure that new foster parents are not overloaded beyond their capabilities.


Youth Today - April 22, 2019

Youth homelessness is a pervasive problem throughout the United States, and its rate has steadily risen over the years. According to the Center for American Progress, youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) are disproportionately affected by homelessness compared to their percentage in the overall population.

OJJDP Releases Findings From Study on Dual System Youth

Corrections Connection - April 28, 2019

Youth who have been involved with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems-commonly known as "dual system youth"-often are not recognized and do not receive services targeted to their individual needs because of challenges in cross-system communication and collaboration. In an effort to address these challenges, in 2015 OJJDP launched a data collection and analysis project, the Dual System Youth Design Study, led by Denise Herz, Ph.D., and Carly Dierkhising, Ph.D., of California State University, Los Angeles.

Also: OJJDP Design Study of Dual System Youth:

Child Trends Introduces New Tool in Comparable Child Welfare Data

Chronicle of Social Change - March 08, 2019

Child Trends has released a new tool that offers browsers a robust collection of data around child maltreatment, foster care, kinship caregivers and adoption for all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. The figures are drawn from the most recent Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) report, the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources. All the information is pegged to national trendlines for comparison purposes.

Tool: State-level data for understanding child welfare in the United States:

Published in Data & Technology

Adoption support and preservation services are essential to ensure well-being and long-term stability of children who are adopted and their families. Extensive research and field practice have indicated that postpermanency services can be implemented with a prevention approach that assesses and identifies factors before a family experiences the severity of a crisis situation. Unfortunately, experiencing a crisis without proper support and services may result in an adoption dissolution, which may have a detrimental impact to the child’s life and future. Therefore, it is crucial to empower adoptive parents to develop the skills and competencies to meet their children’s needs throughout the developmental stages and equip them to overcome parenting challenges.

The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) uses evidence-based models of intervention to address the pre- and postpermanency needs of adoptive families with the purpose to prevent discontinuity. The QIC-AG Permanency Continuum Framework has been adapted from the Institute of Medicine prevention model for behavioral health conditions that categorizes prevention by various levels of risk.

According to the QIC-AG, there are four distinct post-permanency intervals: universal, selective, indicated, and intensive services.

  • Universal prevention is focused on the general population of adoptive families and utilizes ongoing outreach efforts and engagement strategies to keep families connected to the program and aware of available services they can access when needed. 
  • Selective prevention targets families assessed as having higher levels of risk, specifically those who are showing signs and behaviors known to heighten risk. These families indicate a need for services or support but are not in severe risk of postpermanency disruption. 
  • Indicated services target families who are exhibiting behaviors known to heighten risk and have indicated a need for support services but are not at risk for discontinuity.
  • Intensive services are specialized to provide urgent and tailored services for adoptive families experiencing a crisis. This level of prevention is executed in response to a critical situation and are intended to reduce the impact by stabilizing and strengthening the family structure.

Providing a continuum of pre- and postpermanency services lays a strong foundation for adoptive families and children as they transition to build a new forever family together. The following resources include components of effective adoption support and preservation services that strengthen and provide critical support for adoptive families.

3 Resources About Post-Permanency Service

Plan, Prepare, and
Support to Prevent Disruptions

By the
North American Council
on Adoptable Children

Tennessee Focus: Intensive Services

By the Quality
Improvement Center
for Adoption and
Guardianship Support
and Preservation

Vermont Focus:
Universal Interval


By the Quality
Improvement Center
for Adoption and
Guardianship Support
and Preservation


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Protective Factors in Practice Vignettes - Test Your Knowledge!

The following scenarios illustrate how multiple protective factors support and strengthen families who are experiencing stress. These vignettes may be used during training for new family support workers, as a learning tool when working one-on-one with parents, or to stimulate discussion at a parent or community café.


The ABA Center on Children and the Law is excited to share that the Family Justice Initiative (FJI) website has launched! The FJI is comprised of a diverse team of partners located throughout the country who are working collaboratively with, the ABA Center on Children and the Law, Children's Law Center of California, the Center for Family Representation, and Casey Family Programs to ensure that every child and every parent has high-quality legal representation when child welfare courts make life-changing decisions about their families. The website is an informative and interactive way to share important information, updates, and resources with child welfare practitioners across the country. Visit the FJI website to learn how you can become a part of the movement!<>

For more information: 

Mimi Laver

Director, Legal Representation

ABA Center on Children and the Law

1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400

Washington, DC 20036


Access to Justice for Children and Families [sigline-register now (002)]

Published in Parents' Attorneys

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

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