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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)



Better Outcomes for Older Youth of Color in Foster Care

March 2015

This article focuses on older youth of color in the child welfare system and what the data tell us about how better to structure interventions that build protective factors in youth to promote healthy development and well-being.

(5 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)


50 State Survey: Licensing Regulations in Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Systems Serving Runaway and Homeless Youth


The following research presents a survey of 50 states and the District of Columbia on current state child welfare, juvenile justice, and runaway and homeless systems’ licensing regulations as they relate to sex, gender identity, and gender expression.

(5 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.


Youth Thrive Survey One-Pager

October 2020

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



Youth Thrive Survey User Manual

September 2020

This manual explains how to use the Youth Thrive Survey Instrument including how and why to use the survey, target populations for the survey, and data collection and use. 



Youth Thrive: A Framework to Help Adolescents Overcome Trauma and Thrive


This brief describes Youth Thrive's protective and promotive factors framework and examines how a focus on thriving is necessary to complement the field’s growing move to become trauma-informed.
(20 pp)