Answering the Call: Webinar on New 988 line

By Taylor Savage, Policy Intern On Wednesday, June 15th, 2022, the Bipartisan Policy Center hosted “988: Answering the Call” to discuss their new report containing recommendations for a more comprehensive mental health crisis response system, as well as the transition of the already existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to a new dialing code, 988, this

New Programs Rated in Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse

On Thursday, June 2nd, 2022, new ratings for several programs and services for the Prevention Services Clearinghouse were announced. The following programs were rated as Supported: Family Centered Treatment® (FCT) is a home-based trauma treatment. FCT is designed for families who are at-risk of dissolution or in need of reunification. It is also designed to

Creating Partnership in Kinship Treatment Foster Care

In honor of National Foster Care Month, the Capacity Building Center for States hosted “Creating Partnership in Kinship Treatment Foster Care” on Wednesday, May 25th, 2022 to take a look into a Kinship Treatment Foster Care (KTFC) pilot program in North Carolina and research from the African American Families and Kinship Care Lab at the

GAO Report: Supporting LGBTQ, Religious Youth in Foster Care

On Friday, May 20th, the Government Accountability Office released its new report, “Foster Care: Further Assistance from HHS Would be Helpful in Supporting Youth's LGBTQ+ Identities and Religious Beliefs.” The report concluded that a majority of states have nondiscrimination protections for youth in foster care, but selected states and stakeholders identified challenges supporting youth with

iFoster’s Voice of Foster Care Community Report

iFoster released the Voice of Foster Care Community Report this week, which contains findings from over 1000 youth with experience in foster care, over 1100 caregivers, and 228 frontline workers from 49 states and D.C. The website houses all the data, searchable by state. The report finds that “the overwhelming consensus is that the child

ZERO TO THREE Releases State of Babies Yearbook: 2022

ZERO TO THREE released the State of Babies Yearbook: 2022 on May 3rd, 2022, in a virtual briefing featuring ZERO TO THREE Chief Policy Officer Miriam Calderón, Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn.), and families with young children who shared their experiences. The yearbook is designed to bridge the gap between science and

Adolescent Suicide Rates Increased During Pandemic

A research letter published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics shows that adolescent suicide rates increased in the first year of the pandemic, according to research in 14 states. Researchers from Harvard, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston Children’s hospital sifted through death certificates of 85,000 people that died by suicide in 14 states and

Gun-Related Deaths of Children on the Rise

Injuries are the most common cause of death among children and adolescents, and for more than 60 years, motor vehicle crashes were the top cause of the injury-related deaths for children. However, beginning in 2017, gun-related deaths took the top spot on the list. “That spike is attributable to the simultaneous crackdown on motor vehicle

Discriminatory Transgender Health Bills Have Critical Consequences for Youth

A new Child Trends brief describes the harm inflicted upon gender-diverse children and youth when policies deny them access to gender-affirming care and supportive environments. Gender-affirming care provides developmentally appropriate supports to gender-diverse children and youth. When transgender children and youth feel that their identities are supported, they experience greater life satisfaction, fewer depressive symptoms,

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