Advocacy Resources

  1. Fact Sheets and Data
  2. Grand Families
  3. Kinship Families
  4. Legislation
  5. Joint Statements
  6. Brain Science and Policy
  7. Native American Resources
  8. Trauma
  9. Youth Issues

 

Fact Sheets and Data


  • Adoption Fact Sheets – State-by-State Adoption Fact Sheets
    • NACAC produced adoption fact sheets for the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC) to help inform adoption community members and adoption advocates. The fact sheets, derived mostly from 2012 AFCARS data (the year currently available in this detail), have information about the number of waiting children, the length of time children spend in care, the race of waiting and adopted children, types of exits from foster care, Title IV-E payments, and more.
      Download a PDF of your state’s fact sheet here: State Adoption Fact Sheets.
  • GrandFacts
    • State fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children (developed with AARP and Generations United). Click here.
  • Kids Count Data
    • An annual project of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT is the premier source for data on child and family well-being in the United States. Access hundreds of indicators, download data and create reports and graphics on the KIDS COUNT Data Center that support smart decisions about children and families.
    • Find out how your state is doing here.
    • Access the full report here.

Grand Families


  • Grandfamilies: A Blueprint for Coordinated Action
    • In 2013, Generations United’s National Center on Grandfamilies convened its fourth gathering of national grandfamilies/kinship care experts to coordinate and prioritize their collective work. With support from both Casey Family Programs and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 39 caregivers, direct service providers, kinship leaders from national nonprofits and government agencies, and a youth raised by his grandmother attended. Click here to access the full blueprint that resulted.
  • GrandFacts
    • State fact sheets for grandparents and other relatives raising children (developed with AARP and Generations United). Click here.
  • The Grandfamilies Sate Law and Policy Resource Center
    • Serves as a national legal resource in support of grandfamilies within and outside the child welfare system (developed with Generations United). Click here.

Kinship Families


  • Ten Steps Public Child Welfare Agencies Can Take to Support Children in Safe and Stable Kinship Families
    • Information sheet from ChildFocus Click here to access.

Legislation


  • Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) to Benefit Children and Youth
    • Questions and answers, clarification and explanation about implementing the preventing sex trafficking and strengthening families act put together by the Children’s Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America, First Focus, Generations United, Foster Family-based Treatment Association, and Voice for Adoption Click here to access the toolkit.
  • 114th Congressional Conference Committee Assignments for Child Welfare
    • The list includes committee members on the Senate Finance Committee (jurisdiction over Title IV-E, IV-B, SSBG, TANF), Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) (jurisdiction over CAPTA), House Ways and Means Committee (jurisdiction over Title IV-E, Title IV-B, TANF, SSBG), House Committee on Education & the Workforce (jurisdiction over CAPTA). Click here to access the list.

Joint Statements


  • Joint Statement: Child Welfare Organizations, Responding to Adoption “Rehoming”
    • In response to congressional and public concern about adoption instability, particularly reporting of “rehoming,” a number of the most respected national child welfare organizations issued recommendations to strengthen protections for adopted children, through improved policies to prepare families for adoption and increased and coordinated investments in support services after adoption. Click here to access the statement and recommendations.

Brain Science and Policy


Native American Resources


  • Improving the Well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families
    • This brief from NICWA and First Focus provides background on the basic requirements of ICWA, an overview of tribal child welfare and court systems, discusses disproportionality and its relationship to trends in ICWA compliance, highlights promising practices in state policy and practice that support ICWA, and underscores the necessity of working with tribal advocates on state child welfare policy change. Click here to access.
  • New Indian Child Welfare Guidelines for
 Tribes, States, Courts, and Agencies
    • February 2015 the Bureau of Indian Affairs revised — and made effective immediately — the Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Welfare Custody Proceedings. This is the first update in the guidelines since their initial release in 1979.
      Access the new Guidelines here.
      Access the Guide to Compliance with ICWA here.

Trauma


  • Roadmap to Resilience Toolkit
    • ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Too High founder Jane Stevens has created an interactive Roadmap to Resilience for communities – large and small – to create an environment in which children and families who have been impacted by traumatic events can grow, heal, and thrive. The interactive site is live and continuously updated and improved. A wonderful resource for advocates! The blog describing the Roadmap is here and includes detailed instruction about how to implement it. The infographic can give you a sense of the steps.

Youth Issues


  • Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care
    • The National Resource Center for Youth Development has a guide for youth in foster care on psychotropic medication, what it is, whether it is needed, how to take medication safely, how to make the healthiest and best choices, and how to get help and information. The guide can be downloaded here: http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/learning-center/med-guide or accessed directly by clicking here.
  • Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care
    • Because of real and perceived constraints, foster youth are often denied the chance to participate in everyday activities such as going to a friend’s house, taking a school trip, working an after-school job, or attending the prom. These “normal” experiences help youth develop interests, acquire skills, and build lasting, supportive relationships. The recently-enacted federal statute (PL 113-183— the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act ) creates the opportunity for state child welfare systems to facilitate age-appropriate experiences for youth in foster care. This May 2015 report by the Juvenile Law Center urges states to opt for a comprehensive implementation of the federal provisions, because promoting normalcy is critical to improving permanency and well-being for foster youth. Click here to access the report.