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Building Cognitive & Social-Emotional Competence PowerPoint Slides

June 2020

This is the PowerPoint presentation for Building Cognitive and Social-Emotional (CSE) Competencies is a one-day training, created by Youth in Focus, that takes a deeper dive into one of the five Youth Thrive Protective and Promotive Factors and builds on content in other Youth Thrive training. This Module explores how cognitive and social-emotional abilities operate in youth’s daily experience and personal lives and what we can do to help young people develop and strengthen these skills in order to thrive. 

Find other CSE materials, including a trainer guide, participant manual, and worksheets, here.

Policy Paper

COVID-19: Our Response Must Protect the Health and Well-Being of All Children, Youth, and Families

March 2020

As the United States responds to the public health emergency and the looming economic crisis stemming from COVID-19, there has not been enough attention to the needs of children, youth, and families who are likely to suffer most during this crisis.

Read a statement from CSSP President Judith Meltzer on COVID-19.



Youth Thrive 4 Youth: FAQs

February 2020

This document answers frequently asked questions about the Youth Thrive 4 Youth (YT4Y) curriculum.



Youth Thrive Survey Reflections and Lessons Learned

January 2020

This webinar showcased early adapters of the Youth Thrive Survey and the lessons and findings they learned from their implementation process.


Youth Thrive Survey Request for Support

January 2020

This is a questionnaire for jurisdictions and organizations to request assistance with the Youth Thrive Survey.


Advancing Healthy Outcomes: Eight Ways to Promote the Health and Well-Being of LGBTQ+ Youth Involved with Child Welfare through FFPSA

August 2019

This brief outlines how child welfare systems can implement these eight strategies to address existing disproportionalities and disparities for LGBTQ+ children, youth, and families, promote optimal well-being, and recognize and affirm the multidimensional identities of youth and families including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and immigration status.


Progress Towards Building an Affirming and Supportive Child Welfare System: getREAL in Allegheny County

April 2019

This report details an Institutional Analysis conducted by CSSP in Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA) and examines institutional changes that have occurred on the county's journey to better support LGBTQ+ children in care. The IA also captured some of the current experiences of LGBTQ+children, youth, and families who interact with the child welfare system since the implementation of getREAL.

(12 pp)



Supporting All Our Values: How Publicly Funded, Faith-Based Child Welfare Providers and Non-Discrimination Laws Can Promote Well-Being

February 2019

This report addresses the importance of promoting child well-being, the role of non-discrimination policies in achieving this, examples of partnerships between states and faith-based agencies, and recommendations for how states can ensure the best interest of children and families are met through these partnerships. Also included is a 50-state matrix of laws, regulations, and policies that protect youth in foster care from discrimination based on SOGIE.

(62 pp)

Policy Paper

Seizing the Opportunity: 10 Ways to Advance Equity Through FFPSA

December 2018

This brief outlines 10 opportunities for states to leverage FFPSA to both advance equity and promote better outcomes for children and families. While this list is not exhaustive and there are many other strategies for advancing equity, the 10 opportunities below represent concrete strategies states can pursue to achieve an equitable child welfare system.

(2 pp)


Advancing and Measuring Well-being for Youth and Young Adults: the Youth Thrive™ Survey

November 2018

The Youth Thrive™ Survey is an innovative instrument designed to be used by organizations serving youth and young adults ages 12-26 to measure and improve their well-being. This webinar provides an overview of how to access and administer the Youth Thrive™ Survey.