Child Welfare Archives - NWI
National Center for Children in Poverty Policy Report
May 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A new policy report, Strong at the Broken Places: The Resiliency of Low-Income Parents from The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, looks at traits of resiliency of low-income parents to identify ways to promote resiliency in other parents.
Search for mental health care for children is often fruitless
May 15, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A recent Boston Globe article highlights the results of a 2015 Harvard study published this month in International Journal of Health Services. Researchers posing as a parent of depressed 12 year old called 913 doctors listed as network providers by Blue Cross Blue Shield organizations in Boston, Chapel Hill, N.C., Houston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. On average, they were able to schedule an appointment with a pediatrician only 40 percent of the time. Appointments with psychiatrists were only scheduled 17 percent of the time.
New SAMHSA Toolbox Promotes Mental Health and School Readiness in Young Children
May 9, 2017 | Emily Taylor
SAMHSA has introduced The Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation (IECMHC) Toolbox as a resource to support children’s healthy development, from infancy through the transition to school. The toolkit includes interactive planning tools along with videos, and other resources to support efforts in states, tribes and local communities in using the IECMHC.
The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children
May 1, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A recent article in the National Institute of Justice Journal looks at research on the effects of parental incarceration on the well-being of their dependent children. The author, Eric Martin, a social science analyst in NIJ’s Office of Research and Evaluation, outlines the scope of the issue, potential risks for children as well as policy recommendations.
Child Trends Guidebook on Quality ECE
March 30, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A new resource from Child Trends, “Defining and Measuring Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education (ECE): A Guidebook for Policymakers and Researchers” offers a common definition of high-quality early care and education and a set of indicators for measuring access. This guidebook is intended as a tool to help policymakers make high-quality care accessible to more children.
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Resource Guide for Judges & Legal Partners: Best Practices for Residential Interventions
March 23, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The Association of Children’s Residential Centers (ACRC) and the National Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), with funding by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, have created a resource guide for judges and legal partners when deciding on the use of a residential intervention for children and adolescents. Although services and supports for youth and their families are generally best delivered in their home and community, there are circumstances when a residential intervention may be appropriate. This resource offers guidelines for evaluating residential programs, such as the criteria that consistent support for the family (birth, kin or foster) should always be included.
Research: Poverty’s Negative Impact on Children’s Mental Health
March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor
A recent study in England tracked more than 6,000 families over time to measure the impact of poverty on the family members’ mental health. At the outset, none of families were in poverty and none had mental health problems when their child was 3 years old. By the time the children were 11 years old, 14 percent of the families had moved into poverty. The researchers found that the children who moved into poverty were 40 percent more likely to develop social, emotional or behavioral problems.
Research Review: Strategies to Improve Mental Health Care for Children & Adolescents
March 16, 2017 | Emily Taylor
At the end of 2016, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality published a review of research in which they evaluated 17 studies to assess the effectiveness of quality improvement, implementation, and dissemination strategies focused on improving the mental health care of children and adolescents. They found that the majority of strategies had at least some evidence of effectiveness.
Research: Improved Resiliency Following Trauma-Focused CBT
March 14, 2017 | Emily Taylor
Recent research published this month in Child Abuse & Neglect , measured the impact of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for youth (7–17 years old) impacted by child sexual abuse (CSA). Results suggest that completing TF-CBT reduces symptom distress (i.e., PTSD and depression), and seems to lead to “greater feelings of mastery and emotional relatedness, and reduced emotional reactivity to stresses”.
When a child alleges sexual abuse: A guide for educators
February 22, 2017 | Emily Taylor
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has created a guide for educators’ to help them in determining the best ways to respond and support students in the event of a child alleging sexual abuse.