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Resources by Topic: Child welfare

Native Children's Policy Agenda
Presents a report detailing policy recommendations for the health and well-being of Native American youth. Discusses the challenges facing Native children, such as lack of access to healthcare and healthy food, environmental hazards, and affordable housing, among others. Makes corresponding recommendations for tribal governments and federal policymakers.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: First Kids 1st Initiative, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Child Welfare Association, National Indian Education Association, National Indian Health Board
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What's Killing Our Children? Child and Infant Mortality among American Indians and Alaska Natives
Examines social, behavioral, and environmental factors to determine the root causes behind significant disparities in infant and childhood mortality among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Addresses domestic violence, nutrition, tobacco and alcohol use, environmental degradation, unintentional injuries, and more. Provides policy recommendations to tribal and public health agencies.
Author(s): Teshia G. Arambula Solomon, Felina M. Cordova, Francisco Garcia
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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The State of America's Children 2017
Provides national and state-by-state data on children. Includes information on: population, poverty, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, hunger and nutrition, health, early childhood, education, welfare, juvenile justice, and gun violence.
Additional links: State Factsheets
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Defense Fund
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Supporting the Development of Young Children in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Who Are Affected by Alcohol and Substance Exposure
Policy statement providing recommendations that promote the early development of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children who have been exposed to alcohol and substance abuse during pregnancy or early childhood. Discusses best practices and reviews promising strategies that tribal early childhood programs can use to support children's development and wellness. Also points out health disparities that exist between tribes and the general U.S. population, and uses case studies to show where success has been achieved in reducing the destructive effects of substance abuse.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse
Presents findings and policy recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' 2016 meeting with rural residents, healthcare providers, and stakeholders regarding the impact and effects of opioid use disorders on rural families. Topics addressed include drug overdose and death, conflict with partners and children, emotional disturbance, adverse health risks, and related impacts on employment and economic sustainability.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Medicaid Disenrollment Patterns Among Children Coming into Contact with Child Welfare Agencies
Analyzes Medicaid claims from 36 states over a 4-year period to assess retention of health insurance coverage for children involved with the child welfare system. Identifies associations between insurance loss and sociodemographic factors, such as age, race/ethnicity, rural versus urban residence, and other factors.
Author(s): Ramesh Raghavan, Benjamin Allaire, Derek Brown, Raven Ross
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 20(6), 1280-1287
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
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Transforming Child Welfare Outcomes for Alaska Native Children: Strategic Plan 2016-2020
Discusses a 5 year sustainable plan to transform outcomes for Alaska Native children in the child welfare system, and includes consultant conclusions and recommendations.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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Having a Rural Impact on Poverty and Child Abuse: Hope and Care for the Future
Discusses the effects of child abuse and neglect on rural children and families. Highlights the planned work of Rural Impact, a public-private collaboration led by the White House Rural Council, which will use a multi-generational approach to invest in low-income families and communities.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Healthy Alaskans 2020
Describes 75 evidence-based strategies to support and improve the 25 leading health improvement goals identified by Healthy Alaskans 2020, a statewide health initiative. Includes activities currently in progress and other activities recommended but not funded. Identifies organizations advocating for the health of Alaskans.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Child Protective Services May Link Families to Needed Income Supports
Examines families' receipt of income support immediately following and 18 months after a child maltreatment report. Provides information on receipt of income supports for rural compared to urban areas. Also provides information on families' self-assessment of how they were doing financially, by urban and rural location. Discusses the impact of poverty on parent-child interactions.
Author(s): Wendy A. Walsh, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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