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New Resource: Youth Thrive™ Tip Sheet for Family Court Partners

  ·   By Martha Raimon

In 2011, in response to the troubling outcomes of young people in and exiting foster care, the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) assembled recent research on resilience, positive youth development, neuroscience and trauma to examine how all youth, and specifically youth involved in public systems such as child welfare and juvenile justice, can be supported in ways that advance healthy development and build upon young people’s strengths. The result is a framework called Youth Thrive™, which identifies five protective and promotive factors that help mitigate risk and build youth well-being. The Youth Thrive™ framework is currently implemented in seven states and jurisdictions across the country. These child welfare and juvenile justice public agencies have adopted the Youth Thrive™ Framework and are using it as a lens to revise their policies and programming. For more information on the Youth Thrive™ protective and promotive factors, please visit: http://www.cssp.org/reform/child-welfare/youththrive

Recently, CSSP received requests from judges and other court partners to develop a guide on how to use the framework in the context of family court proceedings. The Youth Thrive™ Tip Sheet for Family Court Partners is designed to guide conversations about the five protective and promotive factors among partners in preparation for and during family court proceedings. It provides an introductory summary to the Youth Thrive™ framework for judges, guardians ad litem, lawyers, parents, CASA workers, agency workers and youth. The purpose of the tip sheets, which are divided by role, is to actively promote the building of the Youth Thrive™ protective and promotive factors by providing sample questions that can be posed to youth, parents, professionals and other colleagues to ensure that young people receive the services and opportunities they need to thrive.

Read and download the tip sheet here.

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Martha Raimon is a senior associate at CSSP.

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