Child Well-Being

A Toolkit for Juvenile Justice Agencies to Help Young People Heal and Thrive During and After Natural Disasters

Young people are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of natural disasters, and those who are involved in the juvenile justice system are at particularly high risk for experiencing disaster-related traumatic stress and other mental health and behavioral challenges. However, … Read More

National Adoption Month Resources for Legal Professionals

Legal professionals often collaborate with the child welfare system and are integral to achieving permanency for teens. To provide quality representation and ensure the case plan meets the young person’s needs, legal professionals must engage youth. The resources below provide … Read More

Native American Heritage Month – ICWA

During Native American Heritage Month, we hope you will join us in celebrating ICWA’s legacy of keeping Native children safe, healthy, and connected to their families, communities, and cultures by learning more about allyship, active efforts, and building effective tribal-state … Read More

Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team Have It?

Child and Family Futures is pleased to announce the release of the third resource in the Prevention and Family Recovery Initiative (PFR) Putting Ideas Into Action: Knowledge Application Series: Data Capacity: What Is It and Does Our Family Treatment Court Team … Read More

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Court Process and Legal Rights Guide For Foster Caregivers

The guide is hosted on the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services website and was created in 2021. This guide is to be used to learn more about Child in Need of Care (“CINC”) cases. It is for foster … Read More

Supporting Child and Student Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Needs

Many children and students struggle with mental health challenges that impact their full access to and participation in learning, and these challenges are often misunderstood and can lead to behaviors that are inconsistent with school or program expectations. The COVID-19 … Read More

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Safety Guide: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

The purpose of this Guide is to provide judges and attorneys with a practical summary about child safety so they can: Evaluate whether agency recommendations regarding child safety are based on sufficient information; Recognize recommendations that follow logical reasoning and … Read More

Resources for Responding to Communities Affected by Hurricane Ida – NCTSN

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Being in a hurricane can be very frightening, and the days, weeks, and months following the stormcan be very stressful. Most families recover over time, especially with the support of relatives,friends, and their community. But … Read More

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NEW Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) Louisiana Judicial Toolkit

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court and Pelican Center for Children and Families is pleased to introduce the Qualified Residential Treatment Programs (QRTPs) Louisiana Judicial Toolkit. QRTPs are a key component of the Family First Prevention Services … Read More

Step Forward 2021 Report to the Community

About Step Forward Step Forward convenes community leaders and uses data to illuminate obstacles faced by children of color and those living in poverty.  Through a shared community vision, Step Forward and its partners use evidence-based decision making and collaborative … Read More