Sharing Power

History and Contributions of Organizing in the Continuum of Youth Engagement

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This guide gives an overview of youth organizing in the United States. It is part of the Equity Conversation Guides For Young Leaders and Partners series that aims to help leaders engage young people in conversations about dismantling racism in child-serving systems and ultimately partner with these youth to advance equity and inclusion solutions.

June 15, 2018

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Discovering Self

Identity and Culture

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This guide supports a strengths-based exploration of identity development. It is part of the Equity Conversation Guides For Young Leaders and Partners series that aims to help leaders engage young people in conversations about dismantling racism in child-serving systems and ultimately partner with these youth to advance equity and inclusion solutions.

June 15, 2018

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Digging Deep

Historical Context of Child Welfare Systems

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This guide reviews 400 years of child welfare and juvenile justice systems in the United States. It is part of the Equity Conversation Guides For Young Leaders and Partners series that aims to help leaders engage young people in conversations about dismantling racism in child-serving systems and ultimately partner with these youth to advance equity and inclusion solutions.

June 15, 2018

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Understanding the Basics

Core Concepts and Terms

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This guide introduces concepts and terms that are relevant to advancing equity and inclusion. It is part of the Equity Conversation Guides For Young Leaders and Partners series that aims to help leaders engage young people in conversations about dismantling racism in child-serving systems and ultimately partner with these youth to advance equity and inclusion solutions.

June 15, 2018

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The Economic Well-Being of Youth Transitioning From Foster Care

Opportunity Passport Participant Survey Results Show Employment Helps Many Thrive

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This brief examines Opportunity Passport™ participant data to reveal the education and employment barriers that young people often face when leaving foster care. Readers will also learn how to design effective policies and practices that supply the resources, relationships and opportunities needed to help these young people successfully transition into adulthood.

December 4, 2017

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The Road to Adulthood

Aligning Child Welfare Practice With Adolescent Brain Development

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With knowledge of how the adolescent brain matures, adults can do more to ensure that the road leaving foster care will take young people to self-sufficiency and successful adulthood. And this guide tells how.

July 22, 2017

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Advancing SFA

Practice Guide

This toolkit highlights recommendations for policymakers and advocates on laws and policies designed to help jurisdictions effectively implement the normalcy provisions of the Strengthening Families Act.

February 7, 2017

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Preparing for the Road Ahead

Helping Young People Transition from Foster Care to Adulthood

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This report reflects on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative’s vision for building on its successes to help youth and young adults thrive socially, emotionally, financially, intellectually and physically.

August 16, 2016

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Crisis — and Opportunity — in Delaware’s Child Welfare System

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In 2011, Delaware’s child welfare system wasn’t just in trouble — it was in crisis, with too many teens entering out-of-home care and later exiting foster care disconnected from family. To fix this broken system, the state launched a sweeping, data-driven reform effort called Outcomes Matter. The initiative boosted morale among caseworkers and gave kids and families a critical voice in the decision-making process. But the best part? The effort helped improve the well-being of Delaware’s children and families.  

March 2, 2016

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What Young People Need to Thrive

Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to Promote Normalcy

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This brief draws upon the voices of young people in transition from foster care to adulthood to explore the need and strategies for providing typical experiences — or normalcy — for kids in foster care. 

November 12, 2015

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