Child Welfare Practice Tools

Fostering Youth Transitions: Using Data to Drive Policy and Practice Decisions

Annie E. Casey Foundation

Nov 13, 2018

This report uses the most comprehensive data set ever collected across all 50 states, fills in key details about the lives of young people who have experienced foster care. The data describe how youth in foster care are falling behind their general population peers and are on track to face higher levels of joblessness and homelessness as adults.

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Opportunities for Improving Programs and Services for Children with Disabilities

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Jul 01, 2018

A substantial and growing number of children in the United States have at least one chronic health condition. Many of these conditions are associated with disabilities and interfere regularly with children’s usual activities. In their most severe forms, such disorders are serious lifelong threats to children’s social, emotional well-being and quality of life, and anticipated adult outcomes such as for employment or independent living.

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Child Welfare Social Workers and Children with Prenatal Substance Exposure: Current Needs and Potential Solutions

Jun 13, 2018

Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) -- the general term for the range of adverse effects associated with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure -- is estimated to affect 400,000 newborns annually in the United States.

This article presents information on the effects, legislation and current efforts on prenatal alcohol exposure and the child welfare system. There is a special focus on the current needs and potential solutions for child welfare social workers, children and their families.

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SOS Suicide Prevention Program for Middle School Students

Screening for Mental Health, Inc.

Mar 04, 2018

This site provides tools to help youth identify the signs and symptoms of depression, suicide, and self-injury in themselves and their peers.

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Practice Perspectives - Securing Safe, Stable And Affordable Housing For Young People Aging Out Of Foster Care

Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW

Sep 01, 2014

In federal fiscal year 2012, approximately 23,396 young people transitioned out of foster care (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2013) and faced the obstacles of adulthood – tight job markets, low wages, elevated tuition rates, and a lack of affordable housing – with limited, if any supports (Torrico Meruvia, 2013). Unlike their peers who may have family to rely on, life’s challenges can make older foster youths’ transition into adulthood a daunting and difficult one. Therefore, it is not surprising that former foster youth experience poor educational outcomes, high rates of unemployment, poverty, health issues, single parenthood, and homelessness (Courtney & Heuring, 2005; Torrico Meruvia, 2013).

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Practice Perspectives - Caught In The Middle: Supporting Families Involved With Immigration And Child Welfare Systems

Roxana Torrico Meruvia, MSW

Apr 01, 2014

In the last decade, the U.S. immigrant population has dramatically increased. In 2011, there were an estimated 40 million immigrants in the U.S.; 11 million of these individuals were undocumented (Pew Research Center, 2013). Children living in immigrant families now represent the fastest growing segment of the child population. In fact, it is estimated that one in four children and youth have an immigrant parent or are immigrants themselves (Capps & Passel, 2004; Torrico, 2010; NASW, 2013).

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