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Federal Funding Open to Help Build the Evidence Base for Preventing Maltreatment, Foster Care

If you believe your program or service model has a demonstrable impact on families in crisis, but lack the sort of high-quality study to prove it, the federal government will consider helping you out.


Report Offers Insights on How to Trade Juvenile Incarceration for Community-Based Prevention

A new report from the Urban Institute offers guidance for local jurisdictions on how to repurpose juvenile facilities, as well as how to “capture and redirect” savings from reduced reliance on incarceration, while maximizing state and federal funding streams to create a “continuum of care” for youth and families in their own communities.


A Grantseeker’s Guide to Early Childhood Education Funders

Times are tough for early childhood education funding, and over the next ten years, they may get even tougher. According to the Urban Institute’s 2015 report, Kids Share 2015, only 10 percent of all government funding goes to children.


Ending Child Poverty Now

According to this report from the Urban Institute, the U.S. could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met.


Estimating the Size and Structure of the Underground Commercial Sex Economy in 8 Major US Cities

The Urban Institute report explores the size and characteristics of the underground sex economy in eight major US cities using qualitative and quantitative data. Researchers compiled an impressive list of 17 main findings regarding sex trafficking, sex work and child pornography.


Americanization, Latino Families and the Future of Foster Care

Latino families come to this country for a new life, but two generations later, many are struggling and their children increasingly end up in foster care.  By Daniel Heimpel  It is a cool winter night as Elba Covarrubias, a 30-year-veteran of Los Angeles County’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), cuts the dark of poor, suburban and largely Latino Pacoima with the bright beams of her big blue 1987 Mercury Marquis station wagon.