The nature of conflict has changed, putting children in the frontline in new and terrible ways. Wars are lasting longer. They are more likely to be fought in urban areas amongst civilian populations leading to deaths and life-changing injuries, and laying waste to the infrastructure needed to guarantee access to food and water. Attacks on schools and hospitals are up. The denial of humanitarian aid is used as yet another weapon of war. The international rules and basic standards of conduct that exist to protect civilians in conflict are being flouted with impunity. 

Graham, George. Kirollos, Martam. Fylkesnes, Gunvor Knag. Salarkia, Keyan. Wong, Nikki. Save the Children.


Published in Children's Justice Act

Sex trafficking of children is a growing public health and social justice concern.  This report to Congress addresses three topics of particular relevance for efforts to prevent trafficking2 of minors and respond to victimized children:  (1) children who run away from foster care and their risk of trafficking victimization; (2) state efforts to provide specialized services and placements to children who are sex trafficking victims;3 and (3) state efforts to reduce children’s risk of trafficking by supporting lasting connections to caring adults.  Information in this report is based on research literature, published reports, state reports to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for federal fiscal years 2017 and 2018, state child welfare agency websites, and national data systems on children in foster care and those reported to have run away from foster care.

Gibbs, D. A. Feinberg, R. K. Dolan, M. Latzman, N. E. Misra, S. Domanico, R. RTI International. United States Administration for Children and Families.


Around the world, 4 million refugee children are out of school and missing out on their right to an education due to displacement, poverty and exclusion.1 For the refugee children who have found a way back to the classroom, it is likely they are not receiving an education that supports them to recover from their experiences or ensures they are learning. 

Save the Children. 2018


CANTASD is funded by the Office on Child Abuse and Neglect, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHSP233201400025C. The comments and information shared in this report do not represent the official views of, or endorsement by, CANTASD, the Children’s Bureau, ACYF, ACF, or HHS. Child welfare professionals and partners often work with highly vulnerable children and youth—those who have, or are at risk of, developmental disabilities or delays. Early identification of developmental disabilities or delays is critical for a child’s health and well-being. When disabilities and delays are caught early, steps can be taken to improve the child’s short- and long-term outcomes. Early identification and intervention also can reduce family stress and ensure that parents have the help they need to support their children effectively. Child welfare professionals and partners play an important role in this effort.

This brief provides information on the importance of early identification of developmental disabilities and delays and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “Learn the Signs. Act Early.” resources and tools can support child welfare professionals, parents, and caregivers in early identification and intervention. Additional resources around early childhood development, screening, and support for parents are also included.


Published in Children's Justice Act

ABA Journal - August 13, 2019
Resolution 115C, declaring that the Indian Child Welfare Act is constitutional, was easily approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday. The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978 to address the fact that states remove Indian children from their parents at high rates. Because those children were not often placed with members of their own tribes, that high rate was hurting tribes' ability to pass on their cultures to the next generation.

Also: Editorial: ICWA ruling a victory for tribes:


Policy makers, practitioners, and researchers have emphasized the importance of supportive relationships between staff and parents in early childhood education settings and schools.
Author(s): Barnes, Carolyn.;Nolan, Sarah.
Published: 2019
Journal Name: Children and Youth Services Review
v. 98, March 2019, p. 238-251
Available from: Elsevier

Published in Best Practices

Awareness about the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the United States has increased during the last ten years. The increased awareness is reflected ...
Author(s): Hounmenou, Charles.;O'Grady, Caitlin.
Published: 2019
Journal Name: Children and Youth Services Review
v. 98, March 2019, p. 188-198

Published in Families

Despite the increasing use of adoption to provide permanence for children living in out-of-home care, relatively little is known about the children involved. This paper presents findings on the previous life experiences of an entire cohort of ‘difficult to place’ adoptees who were placed in Australia over 26 years. 
Author(s): Tregeagle, Susan.;Moggach, Lynn.;Trivedi, Helen.;Ward, Harriet.
Published: 2019
Journal Name: Children and Youth Services Review
v. 96, January 2019, p. 55-63
Available from: Elsevier

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions a world where LGBTQ people are ensured equality and embraced as full members  of society at home, at work and in every community.
For nearly 12 years, All Children - All Families (ACAF) has been a crucial component of the HRC Foundation’s efforts to realize that vision by providing resources to guide child welfare agencies in developing LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Published in LGBTQ Youth

This tool was created by the Children’s Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this document including DLA Piper LLP (US); Andrew Cohen, Dir. of Appellate Panel, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children & Family Law Division, and Aylin Corapcioglu and Mariel Smith, Legal Interns, Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, Children & Family Law Division; and Krista Ellis, former legal intern, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law 
American Bar Association. Children’s Rights Litigation Committee.

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