Web Resources   

NCJFCJ Permanency Planning for Children Department staff have compiled an extensive list of resources on child well-being for our readers with links to online information and articles.





American Bar Association Legal Center for Foster Care and Education: http://www.americanbar.org/groups/child_law/what_we_do/projects/education.html


The National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues hosted live video webcasts on January 19, 2012 and May 17,2012 that included panels of experts discussing well-being measures. An archive of the webcasts can be viewed at http://icmelearning.com/well-being-webcast/

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 includes provisions relating to well-being outcomes of children in foster care. A link to the website can be viewed here: http://www.nrcpfc.org/fostering_connections/education.html

Zero to Three is a national, nonprofit organization that informs, trains, and supports professionals, policymakers, and parents in their efforts to improve the lives of infants and toddlers: http://www.zerotothree.org/


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges offers materials including resource library and educational opportunities:http://ncjfcj.org/


National Center for State Courts:



National Campaign for Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy seeks to improve the lives and future prospects of children and families and, in particular, to help ensure that children are born into stable, two-parent families who are committed to and ready for the demanding task of raising the next generation: http://www.thenationalcampaign.org/


The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections at the Hunter College School of Social Work is a training, technical assistance, and information services organization: http://www.hunter.cuny.edu/socwork/nrcfcpp/info_services/well-being.html


During National Foster Care Month, Commissioner Bryan Samuels of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families conducted an interactive Town Hall on promoting social and emotional well-being by Addressing the Impact of Trauma. View the Town Hall at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHMIshLp0nY



Policy Statements & Information Memoranda


Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Information Memorandum:

Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services, Issued April 17, 2012, https://cbexpress.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm?event=website.viewArticles&issueid=136&articleid=3528

Link to IM: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1204.pdf


Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) Information Memorandum:

Promoting the Safe, Appropriate, and Effective Use of Psychotropic Medication for Children in Foster Care, Issued April 11, 2012, http://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/cb/im1203.pdf


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges:In Support of Professionals Addressing Mental Health and Medical Needs of Children,Adopted by the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees, July 16, 2006, http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/resolution%2520on%2520mental%2520health.pdf


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges:In Support of Judicial Promotion of Positive Educational Outcomes for Foster Children,Adopted by the NCJFCJ Board of Trustees, January 12, 2006, http://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/resolution%2520on%2520judicial%2520promotion%2520of%2520positive%2520educational%2520outcomes.pdf





American Bar Association Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (2012). Blueprint for Change.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2008). Asking the Right Questions II: Judicial Checklists to Meet the Educational Needs of Children and Youth in Foster Care.

Casey Family Programs & National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2008). Court-Based Education Efforts for Children in Foster Care: The Experience of the Pima County Juvenile Court (Arizona)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2006). Juvenile and Family Court Journal: Child Trauma

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, & Zero to Three (2009). Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures

Critical Judgment: How juvenile and family court judges can help prevent teen and unplanned pregnancy. (2009). National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.Washington, DC: Author.

Howze. K.A., (2002). Health for Teens in Care, A Judge’s Guide. American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law: Washington, DC.

Osofsky, J., Maze, C., Lederman, C., Grace, M., & Dicker, S. (2002). Questions Every Judge and Lawyer Should Ask About Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System. Reno, NV: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

The Texas Blueprint: Transforming Education Outcomes For Children & Youth in Foster Care. Supreme Court of Texas Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (2012).


Supporting Infants, Toddlers, and Families Impacted by Caregiver Mental Health Problems, Substance Abuse, and Trauma: A Community Action Guide. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2012).


Social and Emotional Wellbeing: A Guide for Children's Services Educators. Response Ability (2012).


A Training Guide for the Early Childhood Services Community. Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, 2005 Series, Volume 2.


Every Child, Every Hearing: How to Ensure the Daily Well-Being of Children in Foster Care by Enforcing Their Rights, Judicial Council of California, Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children and the Courts (2007).





Child Welfare Information Gateway: Resources on psychotropic medication use among children and youth in foster care


Making Healthy Choices: A Guide on Psychotropic Medications for Youth in Foster Care (available in English and Spanish)


National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2007). Education Fact Sheet


National Working Group on Foster Care and Education Brochure


Victor E. Flango & Nora Sydow, Educational Well-Being: Court Outcome Measures for Children in Foster Care. Future Trends in State Courts.  (National Center for State Courts, 2010).


Bickman, L. & Nosser, K., “Meeting the Challenges in the Delivery of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in the Next Millennium: The Continuous Quality Improvement Approach,” 8 Applied and Preventive Psychology 247-255.


National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues and the National Center for State Courts,Proposed Well-Being Measures for Courts: Physical and Emotional Well-Being. (2012)  


Leventhal, T. & Brooks-Gunn, J., “Indicators of Children’s Well-Being in a Community Context”, Long-Term Trends in the Well-Being of Children and Youth. CWLA Press (2003)


National Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention (2012), Childhood Trauma and It’s Effect on Healthy Development


General Resources

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (1995). Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. Reno, NV: Author.

Toolkit for Court Performance Measurement in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases. U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (2009), available at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/publications/courttoolkit.html

The Children’s Bureau, in partnership with the Department of Education, held a two-day meeting entitled "Child Welfare, Education and the Courts:  A Collaboration to Strengthen Educational Successes of Children and Youth in Foster Care," setting forth a call to action that convened leaders in the child welfare, education and juvenile court systems for every State, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. With a focus on children and youth in foster care, the purpose of this meeting was to: encourage participation in enhancing existing cross-system efforts to address educational stability and continuity issues; showcase collaborative projects and initiatives at State and local levels that support educational well-being outcomes; and facilitate development of action plans by each State that set forth strategies for improving educational outcomes. A link to the website can be viewed here: http://www.nrcpfc.org/education_summit/

Assessing the Service Array in Child Welfare and Improving Jurisdictions’ Capacities to Meet the Needs of Children and Families [PowerPoint Presentation] Presented at the Children’s Bureau Conference for Agencies and Courts: Fresh Perspectives on Child Welfare Partnerships in Arlington, VA in 2007.

America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011, Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (DHHS), Washington, D.C.

Hall, Linda & Grace, John, “A Vision and Plan for Improving Child Well Being and Strengthening Families in Wisconsin Using Service Integration as the Path.” Wisconsin Association of Family and Children’s Agencies Technical Report

McQuillan, Lawrence J.[editor], A Brighter Future: Solutions to Policy Issues Affecting America’s Children. Pacific Research Institute Technical Report.

Shore, Rima & Shore, Barbara, Kids Count Data Book 2012, Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book is intended to illuminate the status of America’s children and to highlight changes in their well-being over time and across states.



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