The time is now for child welfare leaders to acknowledge that we have neglected to fully and responsibly address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ youth in care.
More than 20,000 American children were placed in group homes unnecessarily and for longer periods than they should, at higher cost to taxpayers and often to the kids’ detriment, according to data from 2013, the latest available.
Those findings are at the heart of the Kids Count report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Even though both research and federal law now emphasize keeping children who suffer from abuse or neglect with relatives or in foster homes, some states still put more than a quarter of those kids in group placement, the study found.
Professionals working with adolescents can use the relationship effectively in their work by deliberately exhibiting specific skills that demonstrate respect, authenticity, kindness, predictability and acceptance.
Talking about drugs and alcohol to adolescents can be a pretty scary thing. No matter how difficult or complicated we feel this topic is, the most important thing is to talk about it.