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  • Specialized Case Management for Young Adults in Extended Federal Foster Care

    Published: November 27, 2019
    For many decades, child welfare agencies—with few exceptions—only served children. State responsibility for the safety and well-being of children in foster care ended at age 18 (or 19, at the state’s discretion, in the case of youth completing high school). But in the past 10 years, many states have extended foster care eligibility to age 21, and some provide supportive services through age 23...
  • Family Strengthening Research (FY2018)

    Published: November 22, 2019
    This report describes the major research investments of our Division of Family Strengthening through Fiscal Year 2018. This division has primary responsibility for research and evaluation projects related to strengthening relationships within families, supporting fatherhood, nurturing children through their families, reducing teen pregnancy, supporting youth in their transition to adulthood, and preventing family violence.
  • Enhancing a Home Visiting Program to Address Repeat Adolescent Pregnancy: The Longer-Term Impacts of Steps to Success

    Published: October 24, 2019
    This report presents evidence on the impacts of the Steps to Success home visiting program for adolescent mothers in San Angelo, Texas. Despite declines in adolescent pregnancy over the past three decades, many young women still have children before they turn 20 years old. Repeat pregnancies during adolescence can further compound the adverse outcomes associated with a teen birth. A small but growing body of evidence suggests that interventions for adolescent mothers can promote healthy birth spacing by providing a combination of individualized support services and improved access to effective contraception. To build on this promising research, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded a rigorous evaluation of Steps to Success in San Angelo, Texas.
  • Focusing on the Boys: The Longer-Term Impacts of Wise Guys in Davenport, Iowa

    Published: October 24, 2019
    This report presents evidence on the longer-term impacts of the Wise Guys Male Responsibility Curriculum in middle schools in and near the city of Davenport, Iowa. Nationwide, boys report higher rates of sexual risk behaviors than girls do. Becoming a father as a teenager is associated with completing fewer years of schooling and being less likely to graduate from high school. Despite these risks, relatively little adolescent pregnancy prevention research or programming focuses specifically on boys. Recognizing the need for research on programs designed to support adolescent males, the Administration for Children and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funded a rigorous evaluation of Wise Guys in Davenport middle schools. Trained staff from a local nonprofit social service provider, Bethany for Children & Families, delivered the program with federal grant funding to the Iowa Department of Public Health from the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP).
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 17 – September 19, 2019

    Published: September 19, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 16 - September 6, 2019

    Published: September 6, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 15 – August 23, 2019

    Published: August 23, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 14 – August 8, 2019

    Published: August 8, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 13 – July 25, 2019

    Published: July 25, 2019
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  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 7 Issue 12 – July 11, 2019

    Published: July 11, 2019
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