In-Home Services to Strengthen Children and Families

Most children involved with the child welfare system are not separated from their families but instead receive services while living at home. These child welfare “in-home services” are designed to strengthen and stabilize families that come to the attention of … Read More

Message From Associate Commissioner Aysha E. Schomburg

Written by Associate Commissioner Aysha E. Schomburg One of the best ways that we can support children and families is to care for them in our daily lives, in our communities. I’m sure many of us can remember seeing stories … 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

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Child Abuse Prevention Month Toolkit

National Child Abuse Prevention Month recognizes the importance of communities working together to help families thrive and prevent child maltreatment. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to increase awareness about child and family well-being, … Read More

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Benchcards – Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys

Benchcards for Judicial Safety Decision Making These benchcards were published as an accompanying tool to the book Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys.  The full text of the book in PDF can be accessed online. Click here. Author: Theresa … Read More

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Louisiana CINC Benchbook

The Court Improvement Program of the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Judicial College, and Pelican Center for Children and Families is delighted to announce the publication of the Louisiana Child in Need of Care Benchbook for Juvenile Judges. The Benchbook project is a … Read More

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Examining the Link: Foster Care Runaway Episodes and Human Trafficking

Children and youth who run from foster care placements are a growing concern among policymakers andpractitioners.1,2 A large number of youth in foster care run away from their placement at least once, and manydo multiple times. Running from care is … Read More


Every Kid Needs a Family: Safely Reducing Reliance on Institutional Care Placements for Children in the Child Welfare System

Since the codification of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 and the earlier passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act in 1978, federal law and child welfare values support placing children in the least restrictive settings with … Read More

Impacts of Pandemics and Epidemics on Child Protection: Lessons Learned from a Rapid Review in the Context of COVID-19.

Policy guidance, media commentary and initial empirical research suggests that COVID-19, and its infection control measures, have had detrimental impacts on children’s development, safety and wellbeing. The disruptive impacts of the virus are being seen to play out in several … Read More

Knowing the Signs of Youth Sex Trafficking

How You Can Help Human trafficking is one of the greatest issues the world faces today, and cases today are typically based in historical trauma. Native communities know this especially to be true. It is no secret that ever since … Read More