Bryan Samuels


Child Welfare Systems Grapple with How to Translate Brain Science into Practice

The idea of brain science in child welfare is hardly new but a pair of recent efforts highlight a growing push in the child welfare field to move an influx of findings drawn from the worlds of neuroscience and child development into practice.


Research Centers Offer Congregate-Care Policy Recommendations for States

As the federal government considers legislation that would reduce federal spending on congregate care, researchers from two prominent research and policy centers suggest that states will have to better understand patterns of congregate-care placements in order to best support youth and families.

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Seven of 11 New Governors Change Up Child Welfare Bosses

It is the second month of the year, which means it also the second month in the mansion for the 11 new governors sworn in for 2015. Here’s a look at three new state child welfare leaders who are stepping into some sticky situations: Illinois It surprised YSI that, in the majority of articles about George Sheldon taking over the Illinois Department of Children and Families, the focus was on Sheldon’s experience running the Florida Department of Children and Families from 2008 to 2011.


The Politics of Permanency

Nobody can dispute the value to a child, whether in the foster care system or not, of having a permanent family. In my forty-something years of working within the child welfare system, the public policy shift to safety, wellbeing and permanency has been fantastic, absolutely in the best interest of kids within the system.


Los Angeles, Under Pressure to Improve Maltreatment Prevention, Bets Big on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Last month, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors began implementing the recommendations made by the Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection, which calls for augmented child maltreatment prevention efforts. While implementation of the commission’s many recommendations is a long-term venture, leaders are hoping that the rollout of a maltreatment prevention initiative may improve child safety in the short-term.


George Sheldon Leaving, Bill Bentley Joining Obama Administration in October

The shakeup at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) continues, with top officials departing as the administration appoints leaders in child welfare advocacy to lead niche divisions of the agency.


    Samuels, Outgoing ACYF Chief for Obama, Challenged Priorities of Child Welfare System

    Congressmen, policy wonks and child welfare advocates gathered at the Capitol Visiting Center this week to send Bryan Samuels home to Chicago in style. Samuels, who has led the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) for the Obama administration since February of 2010, takes the helm on Monday at University of Chicago’s Chapin Hall Center for Children, a 28-year-old research and policy shop focused on child welfare issues.

    ACYF Commissioner Bryan Samuels


    Positive Relationships Critical to Triumph Over Violence, Trauma

    Bryan Samuels is the commissioner of the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families at the Department of Health and Human Services. He wrote the column below for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s month-long feature on the work of the Defending Childhood Task Force.


    Feds and Foundations to Fund Supportive Housing for Homeless Families with Child Welfare Cases

    The Administration for Children and Families announced a $35 million initiative, $10 million of which is private foundation funding, to replicate a New York City program aimed at stabilizing families in crisis through supportive housing.