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Report

Systemically Neglected: How Racism Structures Public Systems to Produce Child Neglect

March 2022

This report outlines the history of how child protective services developed to surveil families of color, examines how policy pushes families of color into the child welfare system today, and concludes with some recommendations for adequately supporting children and families of color and keeping families together in the future. 

(23 pp)

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Report

Breaking the Stigma and Changing the Narrative: Strategies for Supporting Expectant and Parenting Youth Involved in Systems of Care

January 2022

This report provides an overview and critique of research findings about expectant and parenting youth and the stigma associated with young parenthood. It also discusses four strategies to break the stigmatization of expectant and parenting youth, and thereby increase the likelihood of improved outcomes for young parents and their children.

(17 pp)

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Report

Protective Factors for Youth Involved in Systems of Care

January 2022

This report examines the importance of intentionally and actively targeting protective factors, in addition to risk factors, in an effort to promote healthy development and well-being in youth involved in systems of care.

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Report

Promoting the Well-Being of Black, Native, Latinx, and Asian Youth Involved in Systems of Care

January 2022

This report examines the importance and multidimensional nature of well-being, in general, and the well-being of Black, Native, Latinx, and Asian youth involved in systems of care, in particular. 

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Report

Shifting the Perceptions and Treatment of Black, Native, and Latinx Youth Involved in Systems of Care

January 2022

The purpose of this report is to examine the nature and impact of distorted racial perceptions of Black, Native, and Latinx youth involved in systems of care; identify the ways in which these systems are failing them due to distorted racial perceptions; and propose strategies that will mitigate the influence of racism in these systems and promote individual and systems decision making and practice that is developmentally appropriate, nurturing, and equitable for all youth.

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Policy Paper

What We Owe Young Adults Involved with Child Welfare: A Youth Thrive Policy Agenda

January 2022

We owe young people who age out of care the structure and supports that they need to thrive. To fulfill this obligation and to remove barriers to thriving, we need new investments to support these young people. This policy agenda highlights key opportunities to advance the health and well-being of young people who are involved with child welfare systems.

(8 pp)

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Brief

A Social Ecological Model of Racism & Anti-Racism

December 2021

This handout frames racism and anti-racism within a social ecological model in order to promote an understanding of the multifaceted, overlapping, and interactive factors that contribute to and maintain racial inequities, as well as strategies that can be employed across multiple levels in order to eliminate racism, address its multiple impacts, and achieve a more just society.

(2 pp)

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Webinar

Our Identities, Ourselves: Anti-Racist Guidelines for Collecting Data on Race & Ethnicity

October 2021

In this webinar, learn best practices and tools for centering equity and constituent voice in data collection, analysis, reporting, and use. Topics explored included: the best ways to capture race and ethnicity within data systems; how frontline workers can better ask nonjudgmental questions about young people and families’ identities throughout the life of a case; how system leaders can ensure that data collected is used to advance equity.

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Brief

Our Identities, Ourselves: A Guide to Anti-Racist Data Collection for System Leaders and Data Administrators

September 2021

This guide offers guiding principles and best practices for applying a anti-racist and equity focused lens to data collection, analysis, usage and reporting within child welfare systems.

(5 pp)

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Brief

Our Identities, Ourselves: Rights Guide for Young People and Families

September 2021

This guide serves as a tool for young people and families in understanding their rights when asked questions about their identities. It also includes responses to common questions asked by young people and families related to data collection and usage.

(2 pp)

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