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Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Policy Brief

Disentangling Neglect from Poverty

The U.S. spends over $29 billion each year to identify and protect victims of child abuse and neglect through various Child Protective Services (CPS) processes and programs. Isolated allegations of child neglect (without concurrent abuse allegations) account for 60% of substantiated CPS allegations (confirmed as true).
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Child Sexual Abuse: Prevention, Treatment, and Safety Promotion

Child sexual abuse (CSA; i.e., physical or nonphysical sexual acts with a child under the age of 18 in which there is no or limited capacity to provide true consent) can occur through online exploitation, child pornography, and the luring of children offline for sexual encounters.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Web Article

Noncustodial Parents’ Impact on Children

NCP’s financial involvement can benefit the child in various ways. Child support payments are related to the child’s school achievement, fewer behavior problems, and a lower likelihood of child maltreatment investigations. However, 2/3rds of NCPS do not pay formal child support because they are in poverty.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Child Care Access for Families with Non-Standard Work Hours

An estimated 43% of children in the United States have at least one parent with a non-standard work schedule, which often include irregular shifts. Professional child care providers typically do not offer services outside of traditional weekday working hours or accommodate changing schedules on short notice, and may impose monetary penalties for unplanned schedule fluctuations.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Web Article

LGBTQ Youth

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) proposed modifications to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), including the addition of data elements regarding LGBTQ youth.
Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative
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Podcast Episode

Episode 14: Navigating Pennsylvania’s Child Welfare System And Issues Of Child Maltreatment

We’re kicking things off by exploring the opportunities and challenges of Pennsylvania’s child welfare system. For the past several years, there has been an ongoing partnership between Penn State researchers and government partners to change the Commonwealth’s county-based child welfare system through legislative and policy actions. We spoke to Jennie Noll, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies and the Director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State University, and Brian Bornman, Esq., Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Children and Youth Administrators Association, about their collaborative process, the challenges of navigating a stressed bureaucratic system, and what the future holds for resolving issues of child welfare and maltreatment.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Addressing School and Education COVID Disparities

COVID-19 has upended the lives of nearly every individual in the United States, with prolonged school closures one of the major driving forces of disruption for youth and families.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Policy Recommendations to Support Quality Child Care

High-quality, affordable, and reliable child care options are not accessible across the country. Child care deserts—areas with an insufficient supply of licensed child care options—are most frequently observed in marginalized and rural communities.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Providing Support to Parents with Substance Use Disorders During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has produced unique challenges for parents with substance use disorders (SUDs). Although some barriers have been alleviated (e.g., medication assisted treatment is more accessible for some and telehealth is broadly available), COVID-19 has still resulted in barriers to support for parents with SUDs.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

How Policymakers and Practitioners Can Facilitate Disclosure and Help-Seeking

Victims of violence (VoV) often face a variety of obstacles to disclosing their victim status, which prevent them from receiving help. Victim services programs and organizations, which are often financially supported through the Crime Victims Fund, advocate for victims and connect them with necessary services.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families: Issue 7

This issue presents research-informed policy recommendations regarding the effects of COVID-19 on welfare-youth, and human trafficking and exploitation. The prevalence of human trafficking heightens with the growing impact of COVID-19 on vulnerable communities.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

COVID-19 and Child Welfare

Stressful situations combined with increased drug and alcohol use set the stage for potentially dangerous situations, especially for youth in abusive homes. Youth who consider school a safe haven may now be confined at home with their abusers.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Mitigating the Implications of Coronavirus Pandemic on Families: Issue 3

In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, many families are facing social shifts, economic uncertainty, and disruptions in their daily life, as well as coping with closures to school and childcare facilities and demands of providing for educational and childcare needs.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Using Implementation Science to Flatten the Coronavirus Curve

There is Good News. China has turned the curve on the coronavirus (no new cases as of 3/19/20); South Korea, Singapore, and Hong Kong internationally are containing the virus….but America is not ready.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Collaborative Efforts for the Prevention of Family Violence

Due to issues of confidentiality that often prevent data and information sharing, the established bureaucratic process often doesn’t allow organizations to collaborate.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Policy Brief

Quality Implementation of Trauma Informed Care

Trauma-informed care (TIC) refers to strategies that agencies, programs, and service providers can use to understand, identify, and respond to individuals who may have experienced trauma.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Interventions Supporting Separated Migrant Children

Multiple organizations responded to this issue by summarizing the empirical evidence on the adverse psychological and physical health consequences of trauma anticipated from forced family separation, detention, feared deportation and acclimation.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Two-Generation Approach to Interpersonal Violence

Domestic violence and child maltreatment co-occur in 30-60% of families experiencing violence. Yet agencies serving children and adults too often fail to coordinate, resulting in disjointed, erratic and less effective services, leaving children and adults experiencing violence and trauma unidentified, untreated, and less safe.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Supporting Adoption Permanency

How well children and their families adapt to adoption depends on a few things, including social environments, biology, and time. This document reviews information associated with adoption permanency.
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Child Trauma and Trauma Informed Care

This brief summarizes child trauma and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Intercountry Adoption

We have identified several research-oriented professionals who have expertise in intercountry (international) adoption and the quality of orphanages abroad. We are currently in the process of engaging more experts both in and outside of our network.
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #37

Building Strong Wisconsin Families: Evidence-Based Approaches to Address Toxic Stress in Children
Research-to-Policy Collaboration
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Fact Sheet

Plans of Safe Care: Effective Implementation in the U.S.

Over the last decade, the number of infants affected by prenatal substance exposure, withdrawal symptoms or alcohol use has significantly increased with the opioid crisis.
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Kentucky Family Impact Seminar #3

Reducing Child Abuse and Neglect: Evidence-Based Parent Education and Other Support Programs
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

North Carolina Family Impact Seminar #9

Helping Kids in Foster Care Succeed: Strategies for North Carolina to Strengthen Families and Save Money
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Texas Family Impact Seminar #2

Toxic Stress and Early Childhood: What Policy Makers and Funders Need to Know
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Utah Family Impact Seminar #2

Families and Mental Health: Childhood Exposure to Traumatic Events
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Missouri Family Impact Seminar #1

Missouri Policy Opportunities: New Evidence and Innovations in Child Welfare Systems
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Montana Family Impact Seminar #1

Kinship Care and Child Welfare: Current Challenges and Future Policy Direction
Family Impact Seminars
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Seminar

Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar #10

Building Resiliency and Reducing Risk: What Youth Need from Families and Communities to Succeed

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