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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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Georgia’s Cold Case Project Improves Outcomes for Children “Lost” in the Foster Care System

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

This article describes how Georgia’s Cold Case Project enables a team of attorneys, psychiatrists and others to find homes and improve outcomes for Georgia’s foster children and youth.

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Recommendations for Trauma-Informed Care Under the Family First Prevention Services Act

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

The federal Family First Prevention Services Act provides a significant opportunity for child welfare systems to better support children and families. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago have partnered to outline recommendations for how jurisdictions can understand Family First’s policy requirements for trauma-informed approaches and ensure that implementation of the law meets the trauma-related needs of children, youth and families. This paper outlines opportunities to better support the workforce and foster families in providing trauma-informed care.

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Experiences and Well-Being of Sexual and Gender Diverse Youth in Foster Care

December 2, 2020 | Nicole Aue

This is the first survey to report on the proportion of youth in foster care in New York City who are LGBTQAI+ and differences in their experiences compared to those of youth who are not LGBTQAI+. This survey was commissioned by the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which is committed to serving youth in foster care that are LGBTQAI+. This report provides the detailed findings from this survey.

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Santa Clara County rolls out UBI program for youth transitioning out of foster care

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

Santa Clara County has started a pilot program that provides a “universal basic income” of $1000 monthly to young people aging out of foster care, the first of its kind in the country.

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Has child abuse surged under COVID-19? Despite alarming stories from ERs, there’s no answer

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

While calls to child abuse hotlines have been down during the pandemic as children are out of school and community programs, experts are unsure what actual numbers may be, and calling for a shift in paradigm from intervention toward prevention to meet the needs of the moment.

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