Newsletter
June 2017
New Youth Thrive Tip Sheet for Family Court Partners
CSSP has responded to requests from judges and other court partners to develop a guide on how to use the Youth Thrive™ 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 in preparation for and during 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 for convenience of the user, is to actively promote building Youth Thrive™ protective and promotive factors by providing sample questions that can be posed to youth, parents, professionals and other colleagues to explore whether or not youth have the experiences, opportunities and services they need in order to thrive. 

Help Us, Help Youth with a Better Assessment Tool

CSSP is developing a new youth self-assessment survey to measure protective and promotive factors. We need your help to field test the survey by encouraging youth and young adults (ages 12-26). If you are interested please contact Lisa Primus at lisa.primus@cssp.org.

The instrument is unique because it focuses on positive measures and addresses a critical gap: the need for a validated tool that can be used to identify strengths and track progress of young people. We anticipate the assessment will be used for service planning and to evaluate programs. Right now, we need young people to take the survey who are:

  • Between the ages of 12 and 26 years;
  • From all racial and ethnic/cultural groups;
  • Representing all gender identities;
  • Representing all socio-economic statuses; and
  • With and without public system involvement (e.g., child welfare, juvenile justice, homelessness).

Youth Thrive Database of Ideas Available On-Line

Are you looking for specific ideas about how to operationalize the Youth Thrive Framework? Need some specific suggestions that you can put into practice right away? Please visit our Youth Thrive Searchable Database. We refer to it as our “MENU” because it contains hundreds of actionable improvements that can be made in policy, practice, training, communication, advocacy, partnerships and more. The content can be searched by the protective/promotive factors, themes or levers of change. Try it out and let us know what you think. Please email Francie with any reviews, questions or additions for the Menu at francie.zimmerman@cssp.org.

Join Us for a Webinar on Rethinking Young Fathers: Policy and Practice Recommendations for Child Welfare Systems
Join us on Wednesday, June 21 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST

Register for the webinar here.
     
About the Webinar:
How can we support child welfare system change so that young fathers are recognized as critical members of families? How can we improve outcomes for children and families by supporting young fathers in their role as parents? The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) recently released a  report  highlighting a set of policy recommendations for child welfare systems to better engage, support and serve young fathers, their children and families. This interactive webinar will feature jurisdictions that have implemented some of these policy recommendations.  New York City’s Administration for Children Services  and the  Children’s Institute Inc. of Los Angeles   will discuss their implementation efforts, challenges and lessons learned. The  National Fatherhood Initiative , the  Fathers and Families Coalition of America  and the  National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse  will present resources in support of implementation efforts. Additionally, there will be an opportunity for peer sharing and exploration of future directions for child welfare system change in support of young fathers and their families. 

Raising Children who are LGBT or Gender Non-Conforming 

CSSP’s getR.E.A.L. initiative and Family Builders by Adoption are delighted to share a Parenting Guide on raising healthy and happy LGBT and gender non-conforming children. This publication is a great supplement to training and other support services for all families  bio, resource and adoptive – and other caring adults.

Keep in Touch

Do you have information or ideas you would like to share with the Youth Thrive Network? It could be:
  • Invitation to participate in an upcoming conference, training or webinar?
  • Link to a new report, resource or tool?
  • Question or challenge that you need help solving?   
Please send any items you would like included in the next Youth Thrive Connection newsletter to: francie.zimmerman@cssp.org. We look forward to hearing from you.