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Children, Youth, & Families

ASPE produces a range of policy research to promote child development, early childhood care and education, child welfare, positive youth development, and child and family well-being. 

Resources for Youth and Youth Programs This page features resources to help create, maintain, and strengthen effective youth programs. Included are youth facts, funding information, and tools to help you assess community assets, generate maps of local and federal resources, search for evidence-based youth programs, and keep up-to-date on the latest youth-related news. This page provides youth-focused resources and opportunities that inspire and empower young people to make a difference in their lives and in the world around them by improving their knowledge and leadership skills. 


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Research Brief

ASPE Research Brief: Patterns of Treatment/Therapeutic Foster Care and Congregate Care Placements in Three States

July 11, 2019
This is a shorter, summary version of ASPE’s full analytical report with a similar title, examining the characteristics and care trajectories of children in Illinois, New York, and Tennessee who receive Treatment Foster Care services compared with those receiving congregate care, traditional, non-kinship foster care, and kinship foster care.

Choices Matter: Housing Models that May Promote Recovery for Individuals and Families Facing Opioid Use Disorder

June 23, 2019
ASPE recently completed a research project, conducted by Abt Associates, that explored homelessness and opioid use disorder, along with the evidence base for different models for care. This brief is highlights of findings from the project.

Choice Matters: Housing Models that May Promote Recovery for Individuals and Families Facing Opioid Use Disorder

June 23, 2019
The purpose of the Opioid Use Disorder, Housing Instability and Housing Options for Recovery project was to help ASPE and HUD describe the housing models available for individuals with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) who experience housing instability or homelessness.

Supporting Employment Among Lower-Income Mothers: The Role of Paid Family Leave

May 23, 2019
This is the second of two ASPE briefs about a qualitative study of lower-income mothers' attachment to work around childbirth and the role of state paid family leave (PFL) programs.

Supporting Employment Among Lower-Income Mothers: Attachment to Work After Childbirth

May 23, 2019
This is the first of two briefs about a qualitative study examining lower-income mothers' attachment to work around the time of childbirth and the role of state paid family leave (PFL) programs in supporting their return to employment. Seventy-five mothers who used PFL participated in the study.

Independent Contractors and Nontraditional Workers: Implications for the Child Support Program

May 9, 2019
For child support programs, the emergence of the gig economy presents a new dimension to the longstanding challenge of establishing and enforcing child support orders for noncustodial parents working outside traditional salaried employment – in jobs that are often temporary, part-time, and contingent.

Identifying Safety-Net Resources at Health Centers to Prevent Infectious Disease Transmission Resulting from the Opioid Epidemic

March 21, 2019
The impact of the opioid epidemic on infectious disease transmission is an important public health issue. The problem came dramatically to light in 2015 when an outbreak of new human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infections occurred in rural Scott County, Indiana.

State Policy Levers for Expanding Family-Centered Medication-Assisted Treatment

February 21, 2019
Many women facing opioid addiction are either pregnant or caring for children and face a number of social, structural and economic barrier in accessing treatment.
ASPE Issue Brief

Expanding Access to Family-Centered Medication-Assisted Treatment Issue Brief

February 21, 2019
This Issue Brief represents the finding of a white paper prepared by RTI under funding from ASPE. The analysis included a programs scan of policy initiatives in 21 states and individual interviews with academics, federal experts, state officials and individual providers.

Status Report on Protecting Our Infants Act Implementation Plan

January 16, 2019
The Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015 (POIA) became law on November 25, 2015.