Helping Older Youth Become Financially Self-Sufficient
Financial capability is the capacity to manage financial resources. Built on a base of knowledge and skills, it provides the foundation that youth need to become self-sufficient adults. A new webpage on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website provides resources that can be used by service providers and youth to help prepare youth to navigate the financial marketplace and to set and reach financial goals.
Created to provide great resources to older youth and the child welfare professionals working with them, the page provides information on how to help youth understand more about their own capacity for building and maintaining financial capital. In particular, the Financial Empowerment Toolkit, which covers topics such as credit, taxes, insurance, and others, is a comprehensive resource developed by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children, Youth and Families and the Office of Community Services. It provides caseworkers, foster parents, young adults transitioning out of foster care, and other interested parties with strategies and resources to improve financial capabilities of youth in foster care.
Check out the toolkit and other great resources at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/outofhome/independent/support/support-services-for-youth-in-transition-financial-capability/.
Responsible Fatherhood Programs Serving Hispanic Men
What have we learned from four Responsible Fatherhood programs designed to meet the needs of Hispanic fathers? Explore findings from this report to learn more about the social, cultural, and other factors that influenced how four organizations designed and implemented these programs. The report also provides insights into the experiences of participating fathers.
Implementing the Adapted Version of Reducing The Risk Comprehensive Sex Education Program in Rural Kentucky
What did implementation of the adapted version of Reducing the Risk comprehensive sex education program look like in rural Kentucky? Explore findings from this report to learn more about the program, its implementation, and the supports for health educators as they implemented the curriculum. The report also describes the adherence to the implementation plan and the level of youth engagement and receptiveness to the curriculum.
Council Adopts Additional Strategies for Preventing and Ending Family Homelessness
At our December meeting, the Council approved a set of action areas that focus on strengthening the connection between the homelessness service system and mainstream programs, like early childhood, public schools, child welfare and TANF.
Policy Director Jasmine Hayes outlines the path forward.
An Onsite Clinic Builds Healthy Connections for Homeless Youth and Their Kids
Program Strategies ——
See how Valley Youth House uses a new program to connect residents to health information and ongoing care. read more
NCFY Reads: “Sex Trafficking Prevention: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Parents and Professionals”
NCFY Recommends ——
An anti-trafficking advocate and survivor shares her personal experience and what it takes to identify and support trafficked young people. read more
Resources on the Intersection of Human Trafficking
and Child Welfare
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Children and youth in out-of-home care, who have been removed from their homes because of child abuse or neglect, are at particularly high risk of being trafficked. Many sources estimate trafficking statistics, but none provide a complete picture. For many reasons, the actual occurrence of sex and labor trafficking is unknown. Learn about the challenges of identifying victims, collecting and cross-referencing data, and deciding on common definitions in our issue brief, Child Welfare and Human Trafficking. It provides a broad overview of the crossover between the child welfare field and the work currently being done to prevent and respond to human trafficking of children and youth in the United States.
The White House has led the charge to make sure different government departments work together to serve victims of trafficking. However, government agencies aren’t the only ones working toward increasing understanding, expanding access to services, and improving overall outcomes. There are many State and local organizations that provide information and resources on human trafficking. For more resources on the intersection of human trafficking and child welfare, visit the Human Trafficking webpage on Child Welfare Information Gateway’s website at https://www.childwelfare.gov/topics/systemwide/trafficking/.
Dear OFA PeerTA Members,
Domestic violence affects the lives of many TANF participants. Recent data indicate that up to 72% of TANF participants report domestic violence victimization, compared to 31% of the general population. Experiencing domestic violence causes physical and mental harm, but it also has financial costs and can be a barrier to employment. Different cultural and ethnic groups, such as immigrant, LGBT, and rural populations also face unique challenges related to domestic violence. Before domestic violence survivors can become self-sufficient, they first need to secure their basic safety. During this time, providing trauma-informed care and mental health referrals are crucial to serving survivors effectively. Once survivors are safe, they may need assistance finding employment and establishing career goals with limited job skills and work history.
OFA PeerTA is highlighting resources on the unique needs and challenges facing TANF participants who are also domestic violence survivors.
New Resources Available From the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
SAMHSA has made available 12 National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) webinars on its YouTube Channel. The free webinars highlight hot topics, including medication-assisted treatment and the treatment of opioid use during pregnancy, and a series on evidence-based practices, trauma-informed care, and building collaborative practice.
The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), with NCSACW, released a two-volume special issue, Child Welfare: Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use, with guest editors, Nancy K. Young, Ph.D., and Julie Collins, LCSW. Many advancements in practices have been made since the release of CWLA’s 2001 special issue of Child Welfare spotlighting parental substance use disorders among families in child welfare. CWLA and NCSACW have compiled the lessons from those efforts into this two-volume special issue of Child Welfare.