Wednesday, 30 September 2020 09:16

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children© (NCMEC), serves as an information clearinghouse and national resource center on issues related to victims, missing and exploited children and operates a national toll-free hotline. Office of Juvenile and Delinquenct Prevention. 


This brief explains child care and preschool programs should prepare for the effects of a influenza pandemic and offers a checklist to help programs prepare. The checklist includes strategies for planning and coordination, student and learning program operations, infection control policies and actions, and communications planning. The checklist allows organizations to note if they have completed each of the strategies, they are in progress, or they have not yet started the strategy. Website addresses for additional information to help programs are provided in each area. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


This article discusses strategies for parents to use when their foster or adoptive child comes out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning (LGBTQ). Recommendations include: expect to deal with LGBTQ issues, accept the declaration as truth, show acceptance, understand when youth come out, the life of an adoptive or foster parent will get better, acknowledge it is a life or death issue, and get educated. Fostering Families Today  CLICK HERE

Published in LGBTQ Youth
Thursday, 19 March 2020 16:57

Protective Factors

What are protective factors?

They are characteristics or conditions that reduce or buffer the effects of risk, stress, or trauma. A protective factor is an asset of some kind.

For example:

  • A skill, personal attribute, or supportive relationship
  • A community that offers supportive services

Why protective factors?

  • Research has shown that the promotion of protective factors is a key intervention strategy that can improve social and emotional well-being in children and youth.
  • Children who have experienced or are at risk for maltreatment, trauma, and/or exposure to violence can be a highly vulnerable population, however
  • Outcomes for children can substantially improve by helping children and their families build protective factors.

For many years and in many cases, even now, the child abuse prevention field focused primarily on risk—how likely abuse or neglect might occur when risk factors are present. Risks, such as poverty, trauma, and disabilities, among others, are known to contribute to the likelihood that a child might be abused or neglected.

Yet most families—even those in risk—do not abuse or neglect their children. Certain conditions, when present in families’ lives, help them to overcome the odds that could otherwise lead to tragedy. Those conditions are protective factors.

Outcomes for children affected by trauma can be improved by helping them and their families build protective factors. In other words, protective factors help to mitigate risks; they can help families to weather life’s stress and trauma with less damage. Through building protective factors we can help families develop assets and skills for handling life’s challenges more effectively.

To learn more about what the research tells us about protective factors, please click here:

Published in Children's Justice Act

The GrandFacts state fact sheets for grandfamilies include state-specific data and programs as well as information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options and state laws. Visit to find this and all GrandFacts state fact sheets.

Access the Generations United Fact Sheet.

Published in Children's Justice Act
Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:42

States Eye Tech Tools In Opioid Fight

CivSource - February 19, 2019

States are looking for innovative ways to manage the opioid crisis. From data sharing to outreach programs, all options are on the table. Opioid overdoses were tied to about 50,000 U.S. deaths in 2017 and many newly elected governors put the issue at the center of their campaigns. Oracle has recently launched a new tool that is designed to help local officials share information about treatment resources with those who are in need.

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

The attached article is an excellent summary of concerns about Child Abuse Pediatric practice with some strong and well-grounded recommendations for improvements in practice (including recommendations that are consistent with Diane Redleaf's book <>and the report on Medical Ethics Concerns in Physical Child Abuse Investigations <>.

It was written by Andrew Brown who co-chairs United Family Advocates and Diane Redleaf and leads child and family advocacy at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Andrew has been involved in legislative reform efforts in this area and in child welfare generally in Texas and it is exciting to see this area of our work starting to get some significant attention.

Diane Redleaf


Author, *They Took the Kids Last Night: How the Child Protection System Puts Families At Risk (ABC-Clio (Praeger, October 2018);*


Founder, Executive Director, Legal Director, Family Defense Center, Chicago IL(2005-2017);


Principal, Family Defense Consulting: providing consultation to attorneys and advocates in the child  welfare system, expert witness services, individual advice and referrals to families, and public speaking and writing on topics related to family rights and issues in the child welfare system;


Co-chair, United Family Advocates (national policy advocacy coalition);


Award-winning non-profit leader.

Published in Parents' Attorneys

National Trends on Youth in Crisis in the United States: An analysis of trends in crisis connections to the National Runaway Safeline over the past decade (2007-2017).
National Runaway Safeline.

Published in Data & Technology

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.

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