Child Welfare Resources

When it is assessed that a child's treatment arc needs to include behavioral health treatment in a residential setting, that the program must be high quality and use evidence-based and research-informed practices. Furthermore, while the child is being treated, the family should be engaged and connected to the child. While receiving treatment in a residential setting, a child's family placement should remain intact.

 Three national organizations have partnered to develop a framework for federal child welfare finance reform.

Introduced in June 2014 by Rep. Langevin, the Permanent Families for All Children Act - Amends part E (Foster Care and Adoption Assistance) of title IV of the Social Security Act. 

On June 19, 2014, Rep. James Langevin (Rhode Island) introduced HR 4909 Permanent Families for All Children Act. This summary highlights the provisions of the bill.

Child Trends works to improve the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policymakers. 

First Focus is a bipartisan advocacy organization dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions. First Focus leads a comprehensive advocacy strategy, with hands-on experience in federal policymaking and a commitment to seeking policy solutions. 

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that has been serving vulnerable children and families since 1920. CWLA's expertise, leadership, and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children in all 50 states.  

The Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit child advocacy organization that has worked for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. CDF aims to give every child a safe start in a permanent nurturing family and community. CDF works in collaboration with other national, state, and local advocates and organizations to promote policies and promising systemic and programmatic approaches that strengthen and support children and families; prevent crises from occurring; and help ensure children safe, permanent families.

CLASP, with the goal of improving the lives of low-income people, develops and advocates for federal, state and local policies to strengthen families and create pathways to education and work. CLASP's child welfare work seeks to prevent child abuse and neglect and to ameliorate the trauma experienced by children who are maltreated. 

This publication provides links to state statutes and lists the parts of the code for each state and territory that contains the laws addressing child protection, adoption, child welfare, legal guardianship, and services for youth. It also provides web addresses for states' regulation and policy sites, state court rules, tribal codes, and judicial resources.

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