Ideas Into Action

Tools & Resources

The Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care Learning Collective is an interactive forum designed for professionals working with this population to learn from our approach and share resources with each other. The tools and resources offered in this section are designed to help child welfare systems make operational and administrative changes that

  • Expand opportunities for young parents and their children
  • Reduce safety risks of children in the care of adolescents in foster care
  • Work toward permanency and improve well-being of young families
  • Build resilience and protective and promotive factors that help youth thrive.

The tools, research and resources here highlight the following elements:

  • Multi-generationally oriented: Policies and practices are responsive to three generations including the adolescent parents, their young children and the other adults who care for and support them. 
  • Developmentally driven: Policies and practices are informed by principles of healthy adolescent brain development, and early childhood development. 
  • Trauma-informed: Policies and practices recognize the impact of trauma on development and incorporate strategies for screening and addressing trauma symptoms. 
  • Protective and Promotive Factors guided: Policies and practices create opportunities that support well-being for healthy development and strengthen young families.  (Strengthening Families approachYouth Thrive approach)
  • Evidence-informed: Policies and practices are informed by research, evidence of effectivenss and credible theory Youth driven: Policies and practice are informed by youth voice
  • Results-based and learning and accountability drive: Policies and practices incorporate strategies for data collection, analysis and tracking of resutls as well as generating new knowledge for the field

 

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