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Standards for Youth Services
These resources provide guidance on critical elements and standards for providing services to youth, including State and local examples.
Standards of Excellence for Transition, Independent Living, and Self-Sufficiency Services
Child Welfare League of America (2005)
Outlines best practices for preparing foster youth for adulthood. The organization promotes a positive approach to youth development to help children and teens become productive members of the community.
Standards for Youth Support Services and Agreements (PDF - 471 KB)
British Columbia Ministry for Children and Families (2004)
Describes standards for promoting consistent high-quality service to vulnerable youth that includes assessments for and provision of short- and long-term support.
NASW Standards for the Practice of Social Work With Adolescents (PDF - 76 KB)
National Association of Social Workers (2003)
Presents the NASW's standards for the practice of social work with adolescents, among which are knowledge of adolescent development and needs; assessment; cultural competence; ability to build self-empowerment in adolescents; multidisciplinary case consultation; confidentiality; advocacy; and policies for effective practice.
State and local examples
Best Practice Guidelines for Foster Care Youth Mentoring
New York City Children's Services (2006)
Includes guidelines for building organizational capacity as well as for working with mentors, mentees, and caseworkers.
Guidelines for Best Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (PDF - 689 KB)
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (2001)
Discusses many of the clinical challenges that Pennsylvania Child and Adolescent Service System Program practitioners regularly face and offers a set of qualitative standards.