Child and Youth Well-Being
The following resources discuss child and youth well-being, including child, family, and community factors that impact well-being, as well as ways to improve well-being. Resources include State and local examples.
IM-12-04: Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau (2012)
Explains the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' priority to promote social and emotional well-being for children and youth receiving child welfare services and to encourage child welfare agencies to focus on improving the behavioral and social-emotional outcomes for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
Seeks to describe the child welfare system and the experiences and well-being of children and families who come in contact with it.
America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-Being
Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (2012)
Presents annual statistics on more than 40 indicators in domains such as family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.
Analyzing State Differences in Child Well-Being
Foundation for Child Development, Annie E. Casey Foundation, & Population Reference Bureau (2012)
Lists child well-being indexes and compares States' results in areas including family economic well-being, health, safe/risky behavior, education attainment, community engagement, social relationships, and emotional/spiritual well-being.
Focusing on Outcomes for Youth: Well-Being
National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth
Discusses strategies to improve outcomes for runaway and homeless youth related to well-being, permanent connections, safety, and self-sufficiency. Several State and local efforts are described.
Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing
Waldfogel, Craigie, & Brooks-Gunn
Future of Children, 20(2), 2010
Reviews research regarding outcomes for children born in married, unmarried, or single-parent households and the impact of parental resources, parental mental health, parental relationship quality, parenting quality, and father involvement on those outcomes.
The Physical and Psychological Well-Being of Immigrant Children
Perreira & Ornelas
Future of Children, 21(1), 2011
Discusses the link between physical health and the psychological and emotional well-being of children and youth, as well as the impact into adulthood and across generations. The article addresses how to improve access to health care for immigrant children and families to improve long-term outcomes.
Tracking Child and Youth Well-Being (PDF - 140 KB)
Ravindranath & Pittman (2010)
Analyzes recent well-being research and describes a tool to help State and local leaders measure well-being to improve performance across systems serving children and youth.
Using the Media to Promote Adolescent Well-Being (PDF - 207 KB)
Donahue, Haskins, & Nightingale (2008)
Advocates for using media creatively to provide youth with positive messages that counteract the negative and potentially damaging messages to which they are so frequently exposed.
Center for the Study of Social Policy
Examines ways to support youth in foster care that advance their healthy development and well-being and reduces the impact of negative life experiences.
State and local examples
The Children's Plan
New York State Council on Children and Families
Presents an initiative involving child-serving agencies across the State to improve the well-being of children and youth by offering comprehensive, coordinated mental health prevention, early intervention, and treatment services.
Public Investments Matter for Child Well-Being: Smart State Policy Can Change Lives (PDF - 2,325 KB)
Action for Children North Carolina (2012)
Discusses the relationship between child well-being and State and local tax rates and related revenues and proposes changes to increase funding for services that improve child and family access to health care and education.
Preventing child abuse & neglect: Protective factors to promote well-being - Social and emotional competence of children
National foster care month: Building well-being with transitioning youth
Out-of-home care: Kinship - Impact of kinship care on child well-being
Systemwide: Youth - Positive youth development
Systemwide: Service array - Early childhood and child care services
Systemwide: Assessment - Assessing child well-being/behavior