Child Welfare Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Preventing Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Involvement

September 12, 2021 | Nicole Aue

This report explores a variety of approaches to prevention, hoping to promote “upstream” efforts and work across systems and in partnership with youth, families and communities in a new and impactful manner.

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Youth Experiences of Institutional Placements in Foster Care

September 12, 2021 | Nicole Aue

This report shares the stories and insights of youth with lived experience in foster care and institutional placements, and provides their perspectives on reforming or ending these living situations.

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LGBTQ+ Youth Overrepresented in Midwest Foster Care System

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

This study contributes to growing evidence that in the middle of the country, as well as in large urban areas, a greater proportion of LGBTQ+ youth are represented in foster care than in the general population.

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Washington State Moving Toward Abolishing Foster Care

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Poor outcomes and disproportionate impacts on kids of color have propelled a once-fringe idea into the mainstream in Washington state.

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Growing Up in the Foster Care System

July 10, 2021 | Nicole Aue

A young adult who grew up in the foster care system describes her experiences and what helped her on her journey of healing in this opinion piece published in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Race-Blind Decision Making Could Reduce Disparities in the Child Welfare System

April 18, 2021 | Nicole Aue

This article discusses results of an experiment by the Office of Child and Family Services in Nassau County, New York, to institute race-blind decision-making about removing children from their homes to reduce the overrepresentation of Black children in foster care.

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Pandemic Expansion of Telehealth Has Improved Access for Kids in Child Welfare System: Report

February 8, 2021 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report details the findings of a new survey out of New York, which shows that the expansion of telehealth, due to lifted restrictions since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, has resulted in better access to mental health care for families involved in the state’s child welfare system.

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Coping With Holidays While Aging Out of Foster Care

January 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

In this blog post, a former foster youth recalls holidays past and reflects on finding community when being with family isn’t a given.

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COVID-19 Strips Safety Net for Foster Youth ‘Aging Out’ During Pandemic

January 15, 2021 | Nicole Aue

“Transition age” adolescents between 18 to 23 faced increased risk for homelessness, food insecurity, pregnancy, and incarceration even before the pandemic, but COVID-19 has exacerbated their risk.

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Inside Utah’s Troubled Teen Industry

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

This investigative report from the Salt Lake Tribune details experiences of young people housed in residential treatment facilities across Utah.

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