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How to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency

When major disasters strike, visit the U.S. Census Bureau’s Emergency Management page to access demographic and economic data for impacted areas.  National Preparedness Month is an observance each September to raise awareness…

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Minkah Fitzpatrick and the Steelers Playing for Foster Children

Proceeds benefit Minkah Fitzpatrick’s Unshackled Foundation benefitting KidsVoice! This season, Minkah Fitzpatrick is proud to launch a campaign program with KidsVoice to help provide better opportunities to children in need. The…

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Suicide Prevention: The Significance of the Semicolon

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Addiction, anxiety, depression and much more are very present in the lives of those who suffer from mental health issues. The semicolon symbolizes a…

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Child Welfare Legislative Updates: August 24-September 3, 2021

Please review the following child welfare legislative updates pertinent to children and families from August 24-September 3, 2021. These bills and other important legislation can be tracked at GovTrack.us. Health H.R. 5136—Rep. Bob…

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Fred Rogers Productions & Sesame Street Team Up for “Alma’s Way”

Alma’s Way, premiering October 4, 2021, is a show for children ages 4-6 featuring a curious 6-year-old Puerto Rican girl from the Bronx. This show was created by Sonia Manzano,…

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Juvenile Justice Reform Through Kinship

How Kinship Care and Other Community-Based Supports Provide Trauma-Informed Alternatives for At-Risk Crossover Youth With the enactment of SB 823 / AB 1868 in 2020, California has been phasing out its Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) and instead, creating ways…

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Kinship Care & Collaboration as Juvenile Justice Reform: Q&A with Felipe Franco

Growing research continues to support that restorative practices allow youth to remain in their homes and schools, help systems-involved families heal and keep communities intact. As such, prioritizing kinship care as a means to prevent out-of-home youth from becoming dually involved is reflected in juvenile justice and child welfare organizations’ practices and priorities nationwide. Additionally, models like the Crossover Youth…

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Q&A with Macon Stewart, Co-Author of the Crossover Youth Practice Model

Growing research continues to support that restorative practices allow youth to remain in their homes and schools, help systems-involved families heal and keep communities intact. As such, prioritizing kinship care as a means to prevent out-of-home youth from becoming dually involved is reflected in juvenile justice and child welfare organizations’ practices and priorities nationwide. Additionally, models like the Crossover Youth…

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TikTok Creator Teaches the Importance of Fostering Teenagers

Brittany Burcham became a certified emergency foster parent in October 2019 and since then has fostered around 50 youth, most of whom are between 10-17 years old. ABC News shares…

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Maryland Couple Has Fostered Over 100 Children

For over 20 years, Maryland couple Sandra and Aaron Stockton have made it their lives’ work to help children in need. Sandra’s own mother had been in foster care, and…

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