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Best Practices for Residential Interventions for Youth and their Families: A Resource Guide for Judges and Legal Partners with Involvement in the Children's Dependency Court System

This guide is intended as a resource guide for judges and legal partners with involvement in the children’s dependency court system. Judges are responsible for critical legal decisions concerning the permanency, safety and well being of children and adolescents. These decisions can at times revolve around whether a child or adolescent should remain in their home or be placed in a residential program to address behaviors currently preventing them from living safely at home and in the community. To help guide judges and legal partners in making decisions about the appropriate use of a residential program this guide provides an overview of when a residential intervention is indicated and what to look for in determining a safe, quality and effective program. This guide will focus on youth 12 to 17 years of age and their families, but also provide a section on some of the unique issues and needs of children under 12 and their families. Each area referenced in Section II contains the components of a safe, quality and effective residential program. For each component identified, the following are included: an explanation of the area, a list of key action items residential programs should be incorporating into their practices, and key questions for the court to ask in regards to each of these areas.
 
For the full guide, click here.                 For the executive summary, click here.

               
 

Science to Policy and Practice: Applying the Science of Child Development to Child Welfare Systems

How can we use insights from cutting-edge science to improve the well-being and long-term prospects of the most vulnerable children in our society? Child welfare systems encounter hundreds of thousands of such children, and their families, every year. In this report, the Center on the Developing Child first draws on its extensive work to synthesize and translate relevant scientific knowledge, then examines how that knowledge might be applied to child welfare policy and practice. It is aimed at everyone with an interest in child welfare, from legislators and system leaders to front-line workers, parents, and youth.

 

 

Understanding Suicide Prevention

Disclaimer: The following is intended as an information resource only; we are not a medical organization and we cannot give medical advice. If you are experiencing a life threatening situation, seek medical help or dial 911.

Death by suicide is a serious public health issue that has increased by 24% over the last 15 years in the U.S., with more than 42,000 people dying from suicide each year. Statistics show that suicide rates have risen across all age groups and genders during this period, though even with a 200% increase in the suicide rate of females age 10-14, the suicide rate of men remains almost four times higher than that of women. Public health experts suggest that the key to lowering the suicide rate is prevention, including educating the public about recognizing suicidal behavior and improving support resources for those who are at risk. Click here to visit this resource guide.