The following resources offer information related to improving the well-being outcomes of children and youth through a focus on cross-systems collaboration. This page features resources from the Administration for Children and Families; the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; and the Children's Bureau and its grantees.
Children and Family Services Reviews (CFSR)
National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Explains how the federally mandated Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) help States improve safety, permanency, and well-being outcomes for children and families who receive services through the child welfare system. This resource also contains CFSR factsheets for the following audiences: court personnel (PDF - 37 KB), governors (PDF - 29 KB), legislators (PDF - 26 KB), mental health service providers (PDF - 25 KB), and substance abuse treatment professionals (PDF - 42 KB).
Child Welfare—Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare Involvement (PDF - 449 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children’s Bureau (2015)
Describes the activities and accomplishments of the eight Children’s Bureau Child Welfare—Early Education Partnerships to Expand Protective Factors for Children With Child Welfare grantees. This report explains how communities built infrastructure to enhance their capacity to deliver multidisciplinary interventions to improve the socioemotional and behavioral well-being of young children and their families through collaborative service delivery.
Cross-System Approaches That Promote Child Well-Being: State Examples From North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Colorado (PDF - 282 KB)
Foosness, Shutt, & Whipple (2014)
Public Consulting Group
Describes the federally mandated child welfare-Medicaid collaboration and highlights three successful collaborative partnerships that promote youth and family well-being. This brief argues that child welfare and Medicaid agencies are better able to provide evidence-based interventions and improve outcomes in a cost-effective manner as a result of these collaborative efforts.
Developing a Coherent Approach to Youth Well-Being in the Fields of Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Education, and Health: A Systematic Literature Review
Campie, Pakstis, Flynn, & McDermott (2015)
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services, 96(3)
Summarizes the results of a systematic literature review of the published research on well-being in child welfare, juvenile justice, education, and public health systems. The review identifies areas to address among researchers and practitioners in order to create a coordinated approach for improving well-being across child-serving systems.
Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice (PDF - 1,526 KB)
Langford, Badeau, & Legters, (2015)
Youth Transition Funders Group
Explores the roles and responsibilities of the education, child welfare, and juvenile justice systems in supporting well-being for youth and young adults. This document provides concrete and actionable recommendations for improving policy and practice, including ways to engage in intentional and meaningful cross-systems alignment and collaboration.
Measuring Well-Being in Child Welfare (PDF - 843 KB)
Casey Family Programs (2013)
Provides an overview of key well-being indicators, data needs, and the shared responsibility of measuring and contributing to well-being outcomes among courts, public agencies, and legislatures. This presentation includes guidance from the Administration for Children and Families on early learning, trauma, and well-being.