Safety Permanency & Wellbeing

Using Personal Experience To Improve Human Services

PER­SON­AL EXPE­RI­ENCES OF PRO­GRAMS AND POLICIES The move­ment toward employ­ing pro­fes­sion­als with per­son­al expe­ri­ences with sys­tems is root­ed in both moral argu­ments and prac­ti­cal considerations: “Our take­aways from this paper are straight­for­ward: When you bring per­son­al expe­ri­ence into pro­gram design, … Read More

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Creating Equitable Ecosystems of Belonging and Opportunity for Youth An Action Guide for Cross-System and Sector Leaders and Practitioners

Ecosystem for Youth Belonging and Opportunity The concept of a youth development ecosystem, builds from and expands upon Urie Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory, which views child development within the context of the system of relationships that form their environment. Broffenbrenner, … Read More

State Strategies To Mitigate The Impact Of Housing Instability On Child Welfare Involvement

Introduction Each year, the National Governors Association (NGA) welcomes the nation’s Governors to Washington, D.C., for the annual NGA Winter Meeting. During the three-day meeting, Governors discuss issues most pertinent to the states and territories and connect with national experts … Read More

Leveraging Medicaid to Support Children and Youth Living With Complex Behavioral Health Needs

Executive Summary The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the already-growing mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) (behavioral health) crisis gripping children and youth in the United States. It has spurred federal, state, and other actions to expand funding and treatment opportunities … Read More

Adoption And Foster Care Analysis And Reporting

INTRODUCTION The Code Book for the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) is a product of National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN). NDACAN is funded by the Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and … Read More

An Exploration of Online Professional Development Systems Supporting the Competencies of Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers: Key Findings and Next Steps for Learning

To support the quality of care for infants and toddlers, states, national organizations, and institutions of higher education have made efforts to outline specific competencies (that is, knowledge, skills, and attributes) that are essential to the practice of teaching and … Read More

Supporting the Professional Development of Infant and Toddler Teachers and Caregivers

Competencies Needed in Infant/Toddler Teachers and Caregivers The field may benefit from better ways to understand how to hire and support teachers and caregivers who are ready to promote development and learning of infants and toddlers. Clear frameworks for the … Read More


WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT In 2021, 77 percent of eligible youth in foster care, ages 14–21 years old, exited care without receiving the federally funded services necessary to prepare them for adulthood and independent living. Because access to culturally … Read More

National Child Abuse Prevention Month 2024

ABOUT THIS TOOLKIT The Children’s Bureau and its partner, Child Welfare Information Gateway, are pleased to offer this year’s outreach toolkit to help you plan your local campaign for National Child Abuse Prevention Month (NCAPM) in April. In this toolkit, … Read More