RHY Resources

How Connecticut’s Child Welfare System Became Trauma-Informed

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut recently released a brief detailing Connecticut’s efforts to implement trauma-informed care throughout its child welfare system. Since 2011, the federally funded CONCEPT initiative has begun screening every child age 3 and over in state care for trauma exposure and symptoms. It has trained thousands of child welfare workers in the causes and effects of childhood trauma and disseminated evidence-based treatments to clinicians in 30 agencies. The CONCEPT program has contributed to modifications of 37 DCF policies and practice guides.

Read more at: https://www.cmhnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/IB68CONCEPT.pdf


Need Social Services? Try the Library

A recent report from NPR describes the latest place for people to get social service help: the library. Almost 40 public libraries across the country, including branches in San Francisco, Denver, and Washington D.C., employ social workers to help library visitors with everything from applying for jobs to finding housing or legal aid. This type of community outreach dates back to just 2009, but the idea has caught on quickly. RHY providers should contact their local libraries to see if they have a dedicated social worker on staff, and consider helping them develop a social service resource if not.

Learn more about the trend here: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/17/730286523/your-local-library-may-have-a-new-offering-in-stock-a-resident-social-worker?utm_source=The+Hechinger+Report&utm_campaign=d84d10a1d3-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_WEEKLY_2019_07_30_03_22&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d3ee4c3e04-d84d10a1d3-322735549



The Unique Abilities and Needs of the Adolescent Brain

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has released a new report on the developing adolescent brain. In The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth, researchers focus on the outsized ability of the teen brain to learn, grow, and change, a quality that can be leveraged to help adolescents positively shape their lives. The report offers a variety of policy and practice recommendations to help education, health, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems erase inequities and capitalize on this critical stage of development.

Find the full report at: http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DBASSE/BCYF/Adolescent-Development/index.htm


HUD Program Offers Housing Vouchers for Foster Youth

Under its new Foster Youth to Independence Initiative, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will provide youth aging out of foster care with housing vouchers and self-sufficiency supports. Every year, between 20,000 and 25,000 youth age out of foster care and over a quarter of them experience homelessness by age 21. To be eligible, youth must have left foster care at age 16 or older, or be planning to leave foster care within 90 days. Youth may receive support between the ages of 18 and 24. RHY providers should know about this new resource for the qualifying youth in their programs.

For more information, go to: https://www.hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PIH/documents/PIH-2019-20.pdf


Family Instability and Youth Behavior

A new brief from Child Trends looks at how family instability – defined as changes to parents’ romantic and residential partnerships – affects the social behavior and functioning of children and young adults. Findings suggest that household instability is associated with higher levels of aggression among children, and researchers describe varying levels of social competence and aggression based on whether mothers are married or cohabitating when children are born, occurrence of divorce, and household income level. RHY providers can use this brief to educate staff, families, and pregnant and parenting RHY about the ways household stability impacts development.

Read Family Instability and Social Development online at https://www.childtrends.org/publications/family-instability-and-childrens-social-development

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