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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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Teen Pregnancy Prevention Replication Study: Short-Term Impacts of Safer Sex Intervention

This report presents interim findings from the evaluation of Safer Sex Intervention, a clinic-based intervention intended to reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and increase condom use among high-risk sexually active female adolescents.

Report to the Congress Presenting HHS's Response to the Recommendations of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities

This statutorily mandated report to Congress responds for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to the many recommendations contained in the March 2016 final report of the Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities.

National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease: 2016 Update

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The Impact of Prevention: Maltreatment Re-reporting in Six States' Differential Response Systems

This is a one page summary of a research brief published in June 2016.  The study sought to determine whether children in counties that more frequently use alternative responses to respond to child maltreatment reports are more or less likely to be re-reported to child protective services and/or confirmed to have been victims of subsequent abuse or neglect.

Challenges and Opportunities in Treatment Foster Care

This short research summary highlights findings to date from an ASPE study seeking to understand how states currently use treatment foster care to serve youth with serious emotional and behavioral disorders in the least restrictive possible setting.

Family Interventions for Youth Experiencing or at Risk of Homelessness

Family conflict is a key driver of youth homelessness, and most programs serving youth experiencing homelessness use some form of family intervention to address conflict and help reconnect youth when appropriate.

Adolescent Well-Being after Experiencing Family Homelessness

New analysis of data from HUD's Family Options Study of adolescents’ experiences in shelter with their families and 20 months later shows that most adolescents continued to live with their families, and some continued to experience housing instability or live in overcrowded situations.
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Differential Response and the Safety of Children Reported to Child Protective Services: A Tale of Six States

Differential response (DR) is an increasingly common model for how child protective services agencies address reports of child maltreatment. Differential response systems seek to be less adversarial than traditional child protective services by separating incoming referrals into two (or more) tracks.

Children Living Apart from Their Parents: Highlights from the National Survey of Children in Nonparental Care

This paper highlights the characteristics and experiences of the approximately 2.3 million U.S. children who live with neither biological nor adoptive parents, but instead live with relatives or non-relatives in foster care or less formal arrangements outside the foster care system.