A key guiding principle of SAMHSA’s Healthy Transitions initiative is to promote continuity of care and opportunities for seamless transition from child- to adult-serving systems. This toolkit dives into key considerations for seamless transition across systems, including strategies and methods employed by states, tribes, and communities across the country.
This brief guide provides an overview of child welfare, describes how behavioral and mental health professionals and child welfare workers can support each other, and offers additional information resources. Working together, behavioral and mental health practitioners and child welfare workers can make sure that children, youth, and families receive appropriate services that promote healthy functioning and well-being.
This toolkit provides the fundamentals of meaningful youth engagement strategies. Created by the National Resource Center for Youth Development in collaboration with FosterClub, the toolkit stems from the belief that youth should be involved in the design and implementation of programs, policies, and practices that impact their lives.
Early childhood is a crucial period of growth and learning that can influence children’s opportunities well into adulthood and can shape the future of families and communities. This new resource urges policymakers to enact policies that root out systemic racism and ensure all children can have a happy and healthy start to life.
The five protective factors at the foundation of Strengthening Families are characteristics that have been shown to make positive outcomes more likely for young children and their families, and to reduce the likelihood of child abuse and neglect. Learn more about the research-based Protective Factors Framework below.