Supporting Diverse Family Structures Through Social Safety Net Programs

Families do not exist in isolation but are instead deeply connected to the socioeconomic and policy environments in which they live. Changing economic conditions play a key role in how families live and form. For example, research has shown that economic stressors, … Read More

Factors That Predict The Safe Recovery Of Missing And Abducted Children

INTRODUCTION Missing and abducted children deservedly garner a great deal of media attention; however, most missing children are not abducted, contrary to stereotypical beliefs about the inherent dangers of childhood. There are many reasons why a child may go missing—they … Read More

All Children – All Families: The State of LGBTQ+ Inclusion in Child Welfare – 2023 Report

All Children – All Families and the child welfare leaders participating in the program are driving the field forward to reshape the delivery of services to LGBTQ+ youth and families. Since 2007, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s All Children – All … Read More

Advancing Child Trauma Screening Practices: An Evidence-Informed Framework for a Pictorial Child Trauma Screening Tool

Child trauma exposure has been identified as a public health crisis, with lifetime victimization/exposure rates for children ages birth to 18 years ranging from 9% to over 50%, depending on the type of victimization (Finkelhor et al., 2013). The Substance … Read More

Adoption and Guardianship for Children in Kinship Foster Care

The laws dictating how adoption and guardianship are granted, by which court, and what those options entail are developed at the state and tribal levels, so the intricacies for obtaining these legal relationships differ. The Brief The brief provides general … Read More

FROM EFFICACY TO EFFECTIVENESS: Community Health Workers, Medical Homes for Children,and the Measurement Systems to Support Them

Introduction: Why community health workers matter to child health practice. The medical community long has recognized that health itself is not confined to the absence of disease or infirmity. Increasingly, child health’s role is being defined as advancing healthy, life-course … Read More

Caddo Juvenile Services’ Trauma-Informed Care Used as Statewide Model for LDH Youth, Families Initiative

The Louisiana Department of Health announced that it will adopt a statewide approach to preventing and addressing trauma across all child-serving agencies. Whole Health Louisiana is the state’s first attempt at addressing childhood adversity and trauma through the integration of … Read More

Child Welfare Practice Tip Sheets Series

This five-part series was developed for child welfare workers serving families affected by parental substance use disorders (SUDs). The purpose of the tip sheets is to increase knowledge, improve engagement of families, identify opportunities to plan for safety, and highlight … Read More

Adoption Triad: Practicing Adoption Competence by Examining the Impact of Race, Culture, and Diversity

Children and youth who are adopted often have experienced trauma and need help sorting through complicated feelings stemming from their adoption and past experiences. Rather than being a one-time event, adoption is an ongoing process that requires continuous support long … Read More

The 15 Best Grounding Exercises For Kids

Dr. Lucy Russell, is a clinical child psychologist, and most of the children she work with at her clinic show symptoms of anxiety. Grounding exercises are wonderful tools that can help children feel safe and “rooted” when fears or worries become … Read More