Do Juveniles Understand Role of Attorneys?

The authors – M. Dyan McGuire, Michael Vaughn, Jeffrey Shook and Tamara Kenny – have attempted to “fill a void by explicitly exploring whether juveniles comprehend what a lawyer is supposed to do for them.


The Burden of Stress in America

A poll on stress in America found that of the 2,500 people surveyed roughly half had recently experienced a stressful event related to their health. While stress affects us, according to the survey, people in poor health are twice as likely to report having a lot of stress.


Why do People Think Adoption is so Costly?

by Brett Shears In an oft-cited survey of American adults, nearly two out of five people thought that foster care adoption was “somewhat” or “very expensive.” But this perception is not anchored in reality and may be the result of prospective parents who frequently conflate the costs of adopting through a public agency and a private agency.


National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW), No. 20: Adverse Child Experiences in NSCAW

More than half of the children in the NSCAW II sample report four or more adverse childhood experiences. This finding is from a brief that uses the second cohort of the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW II) to examine rates of adverse childhood experiences among children who have been reported for maltreatment to the child welfare system.  


Number and Characteristics of Early Care and Education (ECE) Teachers and Caregivers: Initial Findings from the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE)

This research describes the Early Care and Education (ECE) workforce data developed in the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE). The survey focuses on individuals providing direct care and education for children birth through five years and not yet in kindergarten.


Foster Care Children Statistics

A list of statistics including number of children, types of foster care living, permanency goals, foster care outcomes, average length of stay in foster care, race and ethnicity of foster children, and main reasons children enter foster care.


    Researchers Seeking Current, Former Foster Youths for Survey

    Current and former foster youth who are 18 years and older are invited to participate in a “resiliency” research project with Loyola Marymount University and Fostering Change. The purpose of the project is to measure how participation in the foster care system has influenced the individual’s identity, life and future goals, and to identify the factors that contribute to their resilience.


    Effects of an attachment-based intervention on the cortisol production of infants and toddlers in foster care

    Infants that are separated from caregivers, and put into foster care, are often faced with changes in the functioning of the hypothalamus–pituitary–adrenal (HPA) axis. An intervention was designed. For more information click here.


    Evaluation of Adult Functioning of Foster Youth

    This study follows a sample of foster youth as they transition out of foster care and into adulthood. These youth are being compare to transition age youth before the 1999 Independence Act.