Published: 2019
Available from: Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

This Review identifies systemic factors that contributed to child deaths and critical incidents among children whose families received Intact Family Services (Intact) from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. It identifies opportunities to make structural, procedural and cultural shifts in the delivery of services that aim to prevent foster care placements. Chapin Hall offers strategic recommendations to IDCFS for the short, medium, and long term to refine programs and policies so they are better aligned with positive outcomes and best practice approaches.

Author(s): Minton, Sarah.;Giannarelli, Linda.
Published: 2019 

This report presents findings from an analysis of six U.S. social safety net programs that are means tested and provide regular monthly benefits. The programs include: the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); cash assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; public or subsidized housing; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC); and child care subsidies through the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) program. 

Published: 2019
Journal Name: Insights (California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership)
v. 17, Part 1, Summer 2019, p. 1-16
Available from: California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership link(opens in new window)
925 L Street, Suite 340
Sacramento, CA 95814
Printable version (PDF): external link(opens in new window)
Abstract: This brief explains children and families coming into contact with the child welfare system are often those with the most acute, severe, and persistent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Many children and youth not only suffer from neglect and abuse in the home, but are also affected by racism, poverty, and the legacy of historical, multigenerational trauma

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
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