Expand the Scope of Family First Act, and Its Clearinghouse
The Family First Prevention Services Act monetarily incentivizes child welfare agencies to invest in programs that prevent foster care placements. It constitutes the largest commitment to that effort in the history of federal funding.
A Philanthropic Partner for Building the Family First Arsenal
The Family First Prevention Services Act paves the way for more federal investment in programs with a solid base of evidence of helping children and families. But this exposes an elephant in the room when it comes to child welfare: there aren’t many models that fit the bill.
Feds Approve Spending for Family First Evaluation, Research
The child welfare research community has been waiting for an answer on whether federal dollars will flow for some of the work needed to build up the nation’s array of evidence-based programs for keeping families together.
Joining the Child Welfare Case Management Revolution
This is a four part series on the Comprehensive Child Welfare Information System (CCWIS), which states can build with federal funding help to replace an antiquated data and management process. This series is written by Dr.
Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering
A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office raised some doubts about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to see more older youth and young adults served in the state youth prison system administered by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).
Evaluation Offers Insight into Mentoring Older, Juvenile Justice-Involved Kids
Though the construct of mentoring is somewhat nebulous, everyone understands the concept of mentoring in youth work to mean a positive relationship between an adult and a youth. By and large, mentoring programs tend to start these relationships with younger children.
Ken Berger, Former Charity Navigator CEO, All In on Predictive Analytics
When Ken Berger arrived as CEO of Charity Navigator, he heard the same message about the organization from many nonprofit leaders. “You guys are doing more harm than good,” Berger said, paraphrasing the consensus.
The Business of Positive Youth Justice: Measuring Success
Last week, our Positive Youth Justice series explored the use of positive youth development (PYD) in re-entry work at Waterside Workshops. The small nonprofit by the San Francisco Bay uses boatbuilding and a bike shop as the starting point of a personal relationship between the staff and youth.
The Business of Positive Youth Justice: Changing Staff Perception
Last week, our Positive Youth Justice series explored the use of positive youth development (PYD) in re-entry work at Waterside Workshops. The small nonprofit by the San Francisco Bay uses boatbuilding and a bike shop as the starting point of a personal relationship between the staff and youths.