The following resources offer information related to the connection between well-being and permanency for children and youth. This page features resources from the Administration for Children and Families; the Administration on Children, Youth and Families; and the Children's Bureau, its grantees, and its Training and Technical Assistance Network.
Focusing on Well-Being: Developing a Protective Factors Framework for Youth in Care [Webinar]
Browne & Notkin (2012)
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
Provides an overview of research on youth development, resiliency, neuroscience, and the impact of trauma on brain development. This webinar also discusses how child welfare agencies and their partners can use this information to define and improve the overall well-being needs of youth in foster care. Materials include a bibliography (PDF - 494 KB) of resources that focus on well-being to help agencies develop an effective protective factors framework for youth in care.
Policy Matters: Setting and Measuring Benchmarks for State Policies: Promoting Child Safety, Permanence, and Well-Being Through Safe and Strong Families, Supportive Communities, and Effective Systems: A Discussion Paper for the Policy Matters Project (PDF - 1,536 KB)
Center for the Study of Social Policy (2009)
Presents a framework for policy options aimed at achieving safety and well-being for children through permanent families. The discussion paper addresses 16 policy areas, including lifelong family connections, family foster care resources and support, and well-being of children who experience out-of-home placement.
Promoting Well-Being for Children and Youth in Foster Care
National CASA Association & National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (2013)
The Judges' Page
Focuses on the term "child well-being" and its multifaceted aspects. Articles from this newsletter address improving well-being through continuous quality improvement, court performance measures, collaboration, legislative changes, and model courts.
A Summary of NSCAW Findings (PDF - 170 KB)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being Research Brief, 16, 2010
Provides a summary of the main findings from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) collected between 1999 and 2007 from more than 6,200 children and their caregivers, caseworkers, teachers, and agency administrative records in the areas of permanency and living situation, child and family well-being, and use of services. NSCAW collects data from children and caregivers and incorporates direct assessment of the functioning and well-being of children.