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Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Authored by the 2010 Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) interns, this report discusses foster care legislation such as the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 and the John Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. It also looks at federal financing of foster care and gives recommendations on how to improve the system. Two Jim Casey Youth Leadership Institute interns, Jeremy Long and Joshua Conner, were CCAI interns and co-authors.
A Reason, A Season, A Lifetime: Relational Permanence Among Young Adults with Foster Care Backgrounds
Researchers conducted in-depth interviews and created personal network maps with twenty-nine young adults participating in the Opportunity PassportTM. This report explores their social support networks and examines how foster care might constrain or facilitate supportive relationships into adulthood.
Provides state and local legislatures with useful frameworks for mapping and tracking state efforts to improve supports for young people and their families.
Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
The paper discusses the poor educational outcomes many child welfare and juvenile justice involved youth face. As the paper states, "youth in foster care and youth in the delinquency system typically experience academic and behavioral problems in school, receive special education services at a higher rate, and are more likely to drop out of school than other students."
Reports provide recent adoption and foster care statistics.
This assessment tool seeks to help states and communities determine areas of strength in which there are adequate resources to support transitioning youth and areas in which additional services and supports need to be developed to meet the needs of young people.
ASISTA is a collaborative between four nationally recognized legal experts who work to provide technical assistance on the intersection between immigration and domestic violence law. ASISTA maintains an online clearinghouse of resources, samples, and best practices located physically in Des Moines, Iowa. Their website includes the latest information on Viiolence Against Women Act (VAWA) and other immigration relief options for victims of domestic violence.
Engaging young people in making plans and decisions that affect their lives reaps critical benefits throughout the transition to adulthood. This issue brief explains how brain development research supports young people having authentic partnerships with adults and gives recommendations for how to create such partnerships.
Bridging Refugee Youths and Children's Services (BRYCS) is a national technical assistance project funded by the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ACF/DHHS). BRYCS provides one-on-one consultations, training and conference presentations, and is the only Web site and Clearinghouse focused specifically on migration and child welfare. BRYCS is a project of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The searchable on-line Clearinghouse has over 2,000 resources and serves a number of audiences: practitioners, researchers/ policymakers, educators, program managers/ administrators, and refugees/ immigrants. BRYCS has produced 35 publications, collected 60 "promising practices", and written dozens of Spotlight articles, all on migration and child welfare topics and available for free download at www.brycs.org.