Research & Reports

New Health Care Model for Kids Seeks to Better Identify Abuse, Neglect

Child welfare officials admit the existing system is not meeting many kids’ needs. As WUWM reported, the children’s health records are often incomplete and scattered among the many caregivers and doctors who’ve passed through the kids’ lives. To address the problem, the state plans to roll out a “medical home” program that would centralize each child’s care. WUWM’s Erin Toner highlights another state initiative – a sharper focus on helping children heal from trauma and abuse.  Click here to listen to the story.

New Issues Brief on Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth

The Safe Start Center, ABA Center on Children and the Law, and the Child and Family Policy Associates recently released a new resource, Victimization and Trauma Experienced by Children and Youth: Implications for Legal Advocates. In it you’ll find:

  • Information about the prevalence and impact of victimization and exposure to violence
  • Practice tips for juvenile defenders, children’s attorneys and GALs, judges and CASA volunteers
  • Explanations of traumatic stress symptoms and trauma-related assessments and treatments
  • Descriptions of promising local and state initiatives to address trauma
  • Guidance on policy reforms and other considerations for trauma-informed advocacy

“Stepping Up for Kids” Kinship Families Need More Support

In a new policy report, the Annie E. Casey Foundation Foundation explores the increased number of children living with extended family and close friends, a longtime practice known as kinship care. “Stepping Up for Kids: What Government and Communities Should Do to Support Kinship Families” includes the latest data for states, as well as a set of recommendations on how to support kinship families. Click here for more information.