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Policy Paper

Responsibly Defining Candidacy within the Context of FFPSA: Five Principles to Consider

April 2019

This brief offers guiding principles for states to consider as they work to identify a definition of candidacy that fits within the context of their state policies and prevention service array.

(2 pp)

Policy Paper

Opportunities for Progress: Better Serving Families with Domestic Violence through the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA)

March 2019

This brief outlines the existing challenges within child welfare practice and highlights opportunities within FFPSA for advancing best practice for supporting children and families at the intersection of child welfare and domestic violence.

(4 pp)

Report

Connecting the Dots: A Resource Guide for Meeting the Needs of Expectant and Parenting Youth, their Children, and their Families

February 2019

This guide provides stakeholders with information on a wide range of interventions that meet the comprehensive needs of EPY, prevent child abuse and neglect of their children, and improve parent and child well-being outcomes.

(103 pp)

Report

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)

Policy Paper

Prevent, Protect, and Provide: How Child Welfare Can Better Support Low-Income Families

This brief focuses on several critical strategies child welfare systems can use to better address the economic needs of families and reduce the number of children who are at an increased risk of maltreatment and neglect as a result of environmental circumstances.

Policy Paper

Family First Prevention Services Act: Pregnant & Parenting Youth FAQs

October 2018

The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) was signed into law on February 9, 2018. The FAQs in this brief provide responses to the most commonly asked questions related to this population.
(2pp)

Brief

Opportunities to Strengthen Developmental Screening for Children Involved in Child Welfare Systems

April 2018

The recommendations in this brief highlight strategies for improving the delivery of developmental screening and early intervention for children who become known to state and local child welfare systems.

(13 pp)

Brief

Government Efficiencies Can Save Taxpayer Dollars, Preserving Funds for Vital Supports for Families and Children

This brief outlines effective solutions that state elected officials can implement to save scarce state funds, easing budget pressures that can erode vital services for vulnerable children and families.
(2 pp)

Brief

Dismantling the Pipeline: Addressing the Needs of Young Women and Girls of Color Involved in Intervening Public Systems (Promoting the Health and Well-Being of Young Women and Girls)

October 2015

This policy paper is a chapter on addressing the issue of poor and minority children having more health problems and less access to health care than their peers.
(4 pp)