Goal Three: Promote Safety and Well-being of Children, Youth and Families

3.1 Promote permanency in families

3.1.1 We will promote the use of evidence-based and trauma-informed practices that effectively address the needs of children and families and encourage achievement of timely permanency for children in the child welfare system. — Administration on Children, Youth and Families

3.1.2 We will improve the Child and Family Services Review monitoring process. — Children’s Bureau

3.1.3 We will work with schools of social work and child welfare agencies to support and improve the child welfare workforce. — Children’s Bureau

3.1.4 Based in the central findings of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) we will engage with and provide support to tribes and states in order to facilitate better outcomes for Native American children in terms of safety, permanency, and well-being. – Administration for Native Americans and Children’s Bureau

3.1.5 We will promote the development and evaluation of innovative early intervention, timely permanency and post-permanency supports through a range of grant programs and the implementation of the title IV-E waiver demonstration program. – Children’s Bureau

3.2 Promote successful transition and development of children and adolescents

3.2.1 We will support youth and young adults in foster care in their transition to adulthood through policies and programs that effectively support the development of independence/self-sufficiency, including an emphasis on youth asset building, education and vocational training, and permanent connections with  responsible, caring adults.  — Administration on Children, Youth and Families and Office of Community Services

3.3 Build community capacity to support safety and well-being

3.3.1 We will require a well-being component in community-based child abuse prevention grants. — Children’s Bureau

3.3.2 We will support research to better understand the intersection of child welfare and child victims of human trafficking and identify pilot interventions for this population. — Children’s Bureau

3.3.3 We will issue guidance to runaway and homeless youth programs and domestic violence programs on child trafficking, including victim identification and service needs. — Family and Youth Services Bureau

3.3.4 We will implement activities with Humanity United in a public-private capacity-building initiative to identify innovative solutions to key gaps in services for victims of human trafficking. — Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary

3.3.5 We will provide guidance to regional offices on increasing strategic partnerships with state, territorial, tribal, and local governments and nongovernmental stakeholders for coordinated action to strengthen human trafficking victim service systems. – Immediate Office of the Assistant Secretary, Office of Regional Operations

3.3.6 We will establish common standards for ensuring that health and human service providers supported by ACF have the capacity to recognize the impact of domestic violence on the populations they serve; respond effectively and safely link program participants to domestic violence services as appropriate. – Family and Youth Services Bureau

3.3.7 We will work with state child welfare agencies to produce new five-year Child and Family Services Plans (CFSPs) that use data to inform states’ strategic program improvements, and we will provide technical assistance based on these assessments. – Children’s Bureau

3.3.8 We will develop and fund a new Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance structure that strengthens our ability to assess the technical assistance needs of states, tribes and territories in delivering child welfare services and that supports them in meeting program improvement goals. – Children’s Bureau                                                     

3.3.9 We will engage the Federal Interagency Workgroup on Child Abuse and Neglect to strengthen federal interagency coordination around child maltreatment and identify specific collaborative projects that we can begin over the next year. – Children’s Bureau

3.4 Promote resilience and facilitate recovery in children, youth, and communities impacted by disasters

3.4.1 We will develop and implement an ACF Emergency Response and Readiness Force. — Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response and Office of Regional Operations

3.4.2 We will develop program-specific disaster information collection plans and actions plans for ACF Program Offices. — Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

3.4.3 We will develop a Disaster Human Services Toolkit to promote effective planning for human services emergency preparedness, response, and recovery efforts. — Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

3.4.4 We will conduct a program improvement process for the Immediate Disaster Case Management Program to include new client forms, reporting tools, and contract improvements. — Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response

3.5 Promote housing stability and social and emotional well-being for victims of domestic violence and their children, and runaway and homeless youth

3.5.1 We will develop and implement action plans to achieve the federal strategies identified in the Opening Doors and Ending Family Homelessness Reports. – Family and Youth Services Bureau

3.5.2 We will transition administrative data collection for Runaway and Homeless Youth programs from the RHYMIS system to HUD’s HMIS reporting system to facilitate more accurate and complete federal counts of homeless youth.  – Family and Youth Services Bureau; ACYF Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation

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