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Our Identities, Ourselves: An Anti-Racist Review on Collecting Accurate Data on Race and Ethnicity

September 2021

This literature review provides a synthesis of the research on best practices for collecting, analyzing and using comprehensive demographic data within child welfare systems. 

(29 pp)

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To Reach Every Child, the Child Tax Credit Eligibility Requirements Must Be Changed

June 2021

This brief, co-authored by CSSP and the Children's Defense Fund, describes the Child Tax Credit (CTC), rules and restrictions that govern it, and what we believe must happen to ensure that all children, youth, and families are receiving critical benefits to help them thrive.

(3 pp)

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How We EndUP: Black Feminist Dreams for the Future

May 2021

This webinar addressed how Black feminist theory and understandings, including reproductive justice, guides us toward the abolition of the family policing system and the creation of (envision) a society where children, families, and communities are no longer over surveilled by state systems and have the power and resources for what they need to live freely and abundantly.


Implementing System Wide Policy and Practice Improvements to Support LGBTQ+ Youth

May 2021

This report describes the processes and outcomes associated with implementing Guidelines for Managing Information Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression and Identity in Child Welfare Systems in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. The Guidelines outline ways in which child welfare jurisdictions can implement system wide innovations to better serve LGBTQ+ youth and their families.

(44 pp)

Tags: LGBTQ+, Youth, getREAL
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The Opportunity is Now: Five Ways to Better Serve Adolescents and Young Adults through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

May 2021

This brief highlights opportunities within the Families First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) for states to build a prevention continuum that includes a focus on healthy adolescent development and that recognizes and helps rectify disparate opportunities and outcomes for Black, Latinx/e, and Native American youth, and youth who identify as LGBTQ+.

(7 pp)


A Crosswalk of Supports for Transition Age Youth

May 2021

Developed jointly with Youth Villages, this document provides an overview of the Youth Thrive and LifeSet approaches for organizations interested in implementing one, the other, or both.


Youth Thrive Alive! Forum: Presenting New Youth Thrive Resources

November 2020

For our second quarterly Youth Thrive Alive! Forum,  we unveiled two new Youth Thrive resources: (1) Youth Thrive Video: Voices from the Network, a video, which features interviews from policymakers, practitioners, and young adult leaders who discuss the role of Youth Thrive in their lives; and (2) Youth Thrive: Our Story (So Far), a written narrative that tells the Youth Thrive story since the beginning. 


Youth Thrive Survey One-Pager

October 2020

This one page infographic outlines important details about the Youth Thrive Survey.



Youth Thrive: Voices from the Network

October 2020

In this seven minute video, we hear from several people who have worked closely with or been influenced by the Youth Thrive framework.


Youth Thrive: Our Story (So Far)

October 2020

This report describes efforts through 2019 by CSSP’s Youth Thrive initiative to increase opportunities so that all youth have the chance to thrive.

(25 pp)