Policy Paper


Children’s Coping with Family Violence: Policy and Service Recommendations

This qualitative synthesis describes the successful coping strategies and service needs of children exposed to family violence. It uses the evidence-based meta-synthesis approach and analyzed social services abstracts, academic search premiere, PubMed, and Google scholar database searches.


Outline to Improve the Postsecondary Education Outcomes of Students from Foster Care

The contents of this report were drawn from a national convening held in 2013 on the postsecondary struggles of students who spent time in the foster care system. It begins with a profile of either promising or evidence-based strategies being employed by different states to improve the college success of foster youths.


Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation

A new report from Council of State Governments Justice Center examines the degree to which states track recidivism data for youth in the juvenile justice system and how they use that information to shape policy and budget priorities.


A Barrier to Child Welfare Reform: The Supreme Court’s Flexible Approach to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b)(5) and Granting Relief to States in Institutional Reform Litigation

In a recent decision, Horne v. Flores, the Court demanded a broader and more flexible application of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure (Rule) 60(b)(5). In doing so, the Court opened the door for states to seek relief from court-enforced agreements like consent decrees.


Cutting Violence and Cutting Prison Costs in Maine: Accessing Available Federal Funds to Provide Essential Health Care

This position paper from the Fight Crime: Invest in Kids organization, a nonpartisan anti-crime organization made up of more than 5,000 law enforcement leaders and crime survivors, including more than 125 in Maine, discusses the link between a lack of social services and crime.


Supporting Evidence-Based Home Visiting to Prevent Child Maltreatment

A growing body of research suggests that home visits from a professional social worker, nurse, early childhood expert, or paraprofessional can go a long way in the prevention of child abuse, particularly for high-risk parents.


    Calif. Legislation Would Bolster Child Welfare, Education Info Sharing

    In the wake of a federal law giving child welfare agencies direct access to education records, legislation is moving in California to bolster its data sharing efforts. Assembly Bill 1878 creates a direct link between agencies and schools for the sharing of information when a child is in the foster care system.


    PII Approach: Building Implementation and Evaluation Capacity in Child Welfare

    PII is intended to increase the rate of children discharged to permanent homes by supporting Grantees that are implementing interventions to help subgroups of children most at risk for long-term foster care to achieve permanency.


    Child-Centered Health Homes in California

    With a high and frightening amount of foster children failing to get the necessary health care services they deserve, there might be a new solution. A health home is a team-based model for delivering a comprehensive range of health care services in a personalized and coordinated manner, including medical, dental, and mental health, and support services.