Public Policy Archives - National Wraparound Initiative (NWI)

Living Near Woodlands Is Good for Children’s Mental Health

September 12, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Analysis of children and young people’s proximity to woodlands has shown links with better cognitive development and a lower risk of emotional and behavioral problems, in new research that could influence planning decisions in urban areas.

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“Ecological Grief” Impacts Children and Youth

September 12, 2021 | Nicole Aue

Seeing the impacts of climate change and ecological degradation is impacting young people’s mental health.

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Policy Options Could Cut Child Poverty in Half

May 9, 2021 | Nicole Aue

A 2019 report requested by Congress and released by the National Academies called ‘A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty’ outlines the scope of child poverty and presents four packages of policy and program changes, two of which can reduce child poverty and deep poverty by half within 10 years.

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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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As schools reopen, addressing COVID-19-related trauma and mental health issues will take more than mental health services

August 3, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This article recommends a comprehensive approach to addressing the mental health impacts of Covid-19 in children as they return to school, either in person or via distance learning.

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A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

June 17, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

This report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine discusses the findings of a recent comprehensive study on child poverty and outlines a proposed plan to reduce child poverty by half in the next ten years.

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Strings Attached: Young Adults Fight to Stay In Foster Care

June 17, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

The most vulnerable young people in California struggle to remain in the state’s extended foster care program, even as the state has expanded eligibility during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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California Rolls Out Plan to Prevent Youth from Aging Out of Foster Care During Pandemic

April 22, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

California’s Gov. Newsom joined Illinois and Rhode Island in laying out a plan to prevent young people currently on extended foster care services from aging out during the pandemic.

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Thousands of Foster Children Were Sent Out of State to Mental Health Facilities Where Some Faced Abuse and Neglect

March 13, 2020 | Maria Hermsen-Kritz

ProPublica, in collaboration with the Chicago Tribune, takes a deep dive into the practice of sending foster children out of state for foster care, and the unchecked abuse and neglect these young people often faced hundreds of miles away from their homes and supports.

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