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  • Reducing Homelessness Among Youth with Child Welfare Involvement: Phase II Implementation Experiences in a Multi-Phase Grant (New)

    Published: October 15, 2020
    To build the evidence base of interventions to prevent homelessness among youth in foster care or young adults who were formerly in foster care, the Children’s Bureau (CB) developed the “Building Capacity to Evaluate Interventions for Youth/Young Adults with Child Welfare Involvement At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH)” grant program. YARH is a multiphase competitive grant program that aims to support the development and evaluation of comprehensive service models to meet the needs of youth...
  • Youth-At Risk of Homelessness: What We’ve Done and Where We’re Going (New)

    Published: October 15, 2020
    This infographic describes the multi-phased Youth At-Risk of Homelessness (YARH) project. This grant program started in 2013 to build evidence on what works in preventing homelessness among youth and young adults with previous involvement with the child welfare system.
  • Supporting College Students Transitioning Out of Foster Care: A Formative Evaluation Report on the Seita Scholars Program

    Published: August 28, 2020
    Economic trends have made postsecondary education increasingly important to self-sufficiency, but research suggests that far too many young people in foster care will not have the educational credentials needed to succeed in this economy without additional supports. Specifically, young people in foster care enroll in college at lower rates than their peers and are less likely to persist through the end of their first year when they do enroll...
  • Evaluating a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program for At-Risk Youth in Alternative Schools

    Published: August 5, 2020
    This brief highlights evidence on the impacts of the Teen Choice curriculum for youth in alternative schools in and around New York City. Because alternative schools provide supplemental services to address the specific needs of youth, these schools often find it difficult to fit pregnancy prevention programming into the regular school day. The result is that youth enrolled in these schools often have limited opportunities to receive sexual health education. To help expand...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 12 – June 18, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: What Does Research Tell Us About the Benefits of Delayed Sexual Activity for Adolescents? Featured items in this issue: Assessing the Benefits of Delayed Sexual Activity: A Synthesis of the Literature Supporting Program Progress: Performance Measures, Data System, and Technical Assistance for the 2020 Healthy Marriage and Responsible Fatherhood Grantees Empowering Families: Implementation of an integrated HMRE, employment, and financial literacy program for low-income couples
  • Assessing the Benefits of Delayed Sexual Activity: A Synthesis of the Literature

    Published: June 11, 2020
    For several decades, the federal government has supported programs that encourage adolescents to wait to have sex. This support stems in part from the evidence and expectations that delaying sexual activity can have important benefits for adolescents and society as a whole. The most direct of these benefits are reductions in teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, research has also found benefits of delayed sexual activity extending beyond these physical outcomes...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 10 – May 21, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: What Happens after Contactors Interact with the National Domestic Violence Hotline & loveisrespect Helpline? Featured items in this issue: Short-Term Outcomes for Users of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and loveisrespect Evaluating an Enhanced Home Visiting Program to Prevent Rapid Repeat Pregnancy Among Adolescent Parents Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants 2.0 Snapshots
  • Evaluating an Enhanced Home Visiting Program to Prevent Rapid Repeat Pregnancy Among Adolescent Parents

    Published: May 20, 2020
    This brief summarizes key findings from a random assignment impact study of Steps to Success, a home visiting program in San Antonio, Texas, designed to reduce rapid repeat pregnancy among young mothers. A small but growing body of evidence suggests a combination of individualized support services and improved access to effective contraception can promote healthy birth spacing among adolescent mothers. To build on this promising research...
  • ACF OPRE News Vol. 8 Issue 9 – May 7, 2020

    ACF OPRE News: What Strategies Can Encourage & Sustain Fathers' Engagement in Responsible Fatherhood Services? Featured items in this issue: Inside, Outside, Round and Round: Sustaining Engagement in Responsible Fatherhood Programs Building Capacity in Foster Care to Support the Self-Regulation Development of Youth and Young Adults: Meeting Summary Pima Community College’s Pathways to Healthcare Program: Three-Year Impact Report  
  • Building Capacity in Foster Care to Support the Self-Regulation Development of Youth and Young Adults: Meeting Summary

    Published: May 7, 2020
    Adults who interact with the child welfare system can play a critical role in shaping and supporting the development of self-regulation in youth and young adults through an interactive process called “co-regulation.” On March 28th, 2019 the Children’s Bureau and the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation in the Administration for Children and Families brought experts together from around the country to discuss self-regulation and how the child welfare system...

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