News from the Field Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Why Youth Run from Foster Care

October 24, 2022 | NWI

Teens who run from foster care want to connect with their families and be “normal,” according to a new study. While this is not the only reason that teens choose to leave foster care without anyone’s knowledge, it is a driving factor. And because of this, finding ways to keep foster kids in connection with their families or even in placement with siblings, may go a long way toward decreasing the number of foster kids who ultimately become at risk by making the decision to run away.

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Long-Term Outcomes from Gender-Affirming Hormones

October 24, 2022 | NWI

According to a new Dutch study, years after young teens initiate puberty suppression and hormone treatment, nearly all continue to embrace the transition process as young adults.

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Expanded Safety Net Drives Drop in Child Poverty

October 24, 2022 | NWI

With little public notice and accelerating speed, child poverty fell by 59 percent from 1993 to 2019, according to a comprehensive new analysis that shows the critical role of increased government aid.

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Connecticut Reduces Foster Care by a Third

October 24, 2022 | NWI

Connecticut has shrunk its foster care population by nearly a third in the past three years, signaling a shift toward keeping families together whenever possible – a strategy implemented by Vannessa Dorantes, the first African American commissioner in the agency’s history.

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Winning Youth Essays on Mental Health

October 24, 2022 | NWI

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announces 15 awardees for the 2022 Speaking Up about Mental Health! This Is My Story Essay Contest. The contest seeks to start conversations about mental health and encourage young people to access help for mental health issues. Read the winning essays now!

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Can Digital Tools Alleviate the Mental Health Crisis?

October 24, 2022 | NWI

Mental health services are under an unprecedented strain. Virtual therapy sessions and mental health apps are emerging to fill the gap.

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Parental Trauma Leaves Biological Traces in Children

September 23, 2022 | NWI

Parental adverse experiences may influence the next generation through multiple pathways. The most apparent route runs through parental behavior, but influences during gestation and even changes in eggs and sperm may also play a role. And all these channels seem to involve epigenetics: alterations in the way that genes function. This article from Scientific American reviews research and implications.

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How to Address the Child Therapist Shortage

September 23, 2022 | NWI

There is a nationwide shortage of mental health professionals, but it’s especially acute for children and teenagers. What are some proven strategies for addressing it?

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New Program Successfully Supports Foster Youth in College

September 23, 2022 | NWI

This study is the first identified randomized experiment to evaluate a post-secondary support program for enrolled college students with foster care backgrounds and mental health challenges. Analysis showed evidence of intervention impact on important targeted outcomes at post-intervention and/or 6-month follow-up, including self-determination, career-related self-efficacy and career exploration activities, and mental health self-efficacy and empowerment.

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Research Update: Peer Support for Youth and Young Adults

September 23, 2022 | NWI

This brief report summarizes recently-published research relevant to peer support for youth and young adults who experience serious mental health conditions.

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