Family Matters: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise and Here to Stay

A new study from Generations United, Family Matters: Multigenerational Living Is on the Rise and Here to Stay, finds that the number of Americans living in a multigenerational household with three or more generations has nearly quadrupled over the past decade, … Read More

How Judges Can Support Family Reunification through Parent–Resource Parent Partnerships

Something profound happens when parents and resource parents work together and support one another during child welfare system involvement. The parent knows the person who is caring for their child and feels supported while working towards reunification. The resource parent … Read More

Family First Prevention Services Act Website

Signed into law on February 9, 2018, as a part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (HR. 1892), Family First includes long-overdue historic reforms to help keep children safely with their families and avoid the traumatic experience of entering foster care. In … Read More

Systemic Approaches to Addressing Child and Family Trauma are Key to Fully Leveraging Family First

The Family First Prevention Services Act (Family First) represents the most significant piece of federal child welfare legislation enacted in recent history. Chapin Hall is collaborating with jurisdictions and organizations across the country as they assess readiness and plan for … Read More

Sexual- and Gender-Minority Families: A 2010 to 2020 Decade in Review

This article reviews research on sexual and gender minority (SGM) families, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, asexual, intersex, and other (LGBTQAI+) families, in the past decade (2010–2020). The article details the three primary subareas that make up the majority … Read More

Preparing Children and Youth for Adoption or Other Family Permanency

Children, including youth, leaving out-of-home care for adoption or other family permanency require preparation and support to help them understand past events in their lives and process feelings connected to their experiences of abuse and neglect, separation, and loss. This … Read More

Helping Your Adopted Children Maintain Important Relationships With Family

Children and youth who have been adopted and maintain relationships with their birth families, caregivers, and other important people in their lives benefit in significant ways. Adoptive parents can play an instrumental role in helping their children maintain contact with … Read More

Tool for Engaging the Legal Community in Implementing Family First

The Family First Prevention Services Act became law in February 2018 (Pub. L. 115-123, enacted as part of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018). Family First is a landmark child welfare law that establishes significant changes in how the child … Read More