Monday, 06 May 2019 12:52

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

Strategic Planning in Child Welfare

The Capacity Building Center for States’ (the Center’s) new series, Strategic Planning in Child Welfare, presents practical information including guidance and tools to support coordinated strategic and long-term planning.

These resources can help identify opportunities for coordination between the Child and Family Services Plan/Annual Progress and Services Report (CFSP/APSR) and Child and Family Services Review/Program Improvement Plan (CFSR/PIP) processes and internal agency continuous quality improvement (CQI) work. They also provide practical guidance related to CFSP development, including the meaningful involvement of stakeholders.

Series Resources

Guidance and tools provided in the series can help agencies coordinate between Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs), Program Improvement Plans (PIPs), Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs), Annual Progress and Services Reports (APSRs), and internal continuous quality improvement (CQI) work.

Related Resources

Published in Children's Justice Act

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: https://www.ojjdp.gov/research/design-study-of-dual-system-youth.html

http://www.corrections.com/news/article/50380-research-central-ojjdp-releases-find

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: https://www.childtrends.org/publications/state-level-data-for-understanding-child-welfare-in-the-united-states

https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/child-welfare-2/brand-new-tool-in-comparable-child-welfare-data/34137

Published in Data & Technology

Announcing the launch of FamilyFirstAct.org. The database of resources promotes robust implementation of the historic Family First Act. 

Published in Home Page

Human Rights Campaign - January 31, 2019 - PRESS RELEASE

HRC Foundation and the Equality Federation Institute released their 5th annual State Equality Index (SEI), a comprehensive report detailing statewide laws and policies that affect LGBTQ people and their families, and assessing how well states are protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination. Because there are currently no comprehensive civil rights protections for LGBTQ people at the federal level, the rights of millions of LGBTQ people and their families depend on which state they live in. In 30 states, LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are. For this reason, the incoming pro-equality majority in the U.S. House of Representatives has made the Equality Act -- a bill to establish comprehensive federal protections for LGBTQ people -- a top priority.

Also: Human Rights Campaign's State Equality Index report: https://assets2.hrc.org/files/assets/resources/SEI-2018-Report.pdf?_ga=2.55580520.213824137.1549291926-149022601.1543343607

https://www.hrc.org/blog/hrc-releases-2018-state-equality-index

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

 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.

https://www.chattanoogan.com/2019/1/29/383812/National-Judicial-Opioid-Task-Force.aspx

https://www.ncsc.org/Topics/Court-Management/Leadership-and-Change-Management/Opioids-and-the-Courts/Opioids-and-the-Courts-Resource-Center.aspx

 

Published in Children's Justice Act

How States Use Medicaid Managed Care to Deliver Long-Term Services and Supports to Children with Special Health Care Needs: A 50-State Review of Medicaid Managed Care Contracts.
Honsberger, Kate. Holladay, Scott. Kim, Erin. VanLandeghem, Karen.
National Academy for State Health Policy.
2018
https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/MLTSS-and-CYSHCN-Issue-Brief-Final.pdf

50-State Review of Long-Term Services and Supports for CYSHCN in Medicaid Managed Care: Information as of June 2018 [50-State Tables].
National Academy for State Health Policy.
2018
https://nashp.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/MLTSS-and-CYSHCN-Chart.pdf

Published in Data & Technology

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 www.UnitedWayALICE.org

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

 

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