foster care

The History of Allegheny County’s IDS and its Potential to Improve the Foster Care System

Humming away in a brick building near the banks of Pittsburgh’s Monongahela River, two servers filled with personal data hold the potential to improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable children. Harnessing what’s on these servers would represent an ambitious use of big data, one that could possibly safeguard thousands of kids from abuse …

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AISP Q&A with Christopher Kelleher of Pay for Prevention at OHSU’s Center for Evidence-based Policy

Christopher Kelleher, from OHSU’s Center for Evidence-based Policy, discusses Pay for Prevention Program Q1. How did the Pay for Prevention program start? CK Response: In 2009, Congressman Earl Blumenauer and former Governor John Kitzhaber initiated an effort, subsequently titled Pay for Prevention, to answer two questions: (A) How can Oregon harness high-quality evidence and data …

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CIDI: Young Adult Outcomes of Foster Care, Justice, and Dually Involved Youth in New York City

The Center for Innovation through Data Intelligence (CIDI) in New York City’s Office of the Mayor, an AISP Network member,  released a new report on NYC’s young adult population who interact with both the foster care system and the justice system. The current study aims to replicate the study conducted by Culhane et al. (2011) …

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Allegheny County’s Research on Integrated Administrative Data That Improves Foster Care Outcomes is Highlighted in GovTech Article

“Sharing Data Key to Improving Foster Care Outcomes”  “An average of 32 percent of foster students change schools in a given year, making data sharing imperative to improving their educational success.” States that share data among child welfare and education agencies have a better chance of lessening some of the barriers foster care students face …

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Administrative Data Documents Challenges of High-Needs Students

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), in collaboration with the Research and Data Analysis Division, recently released “School Works,” a study utilizing administrative data from multiple sources to measure the effects of frequent school mobility. It primarily takes data from INVEST, a cross-agency limited dataset containing data from the DSHS Integrated …

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Housing Instability and Homelessness Endangers Emancipated Foster Youth

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), together with the Research and Data Analysis Division (RDA), has released a report titled “The Housing Status and Well-Being of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care in Washington State.” This study recounts the housing outcomes of 1,116 youth that graduated from the foster care system …

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Breakthrough Study Finds Foster Youth Face Significant Academic Hurdles

A new study, Foster Youth Transitions, released by the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC), in conjunction with the University of California, Berkeley’s Center for Social Science Research (CSSR), with funding from the Stuart Foundation, examines the educational outcomes of foster youth in comparison to peers from similar disadvantaged backgrounds. Foster youth often experience instability and …

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Foster Parent Survey: DSHS Foster Parents Speak–New Report from Washington State

Abstract: Between April 2012 and August 2012, DSHS surveyed 1,371 foster parents who had a child in care on February 13, 2012 or May 15, 2012. These foster parents were asked about their satisfaction with support and training provided by Children’s Administration and private agencies contracted by the Administration to provide services to foster parents. …

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Federal Bill Gives Social Workers Better Access to Foster Kids’ Education Records

Social workers will no longer be required to get a court order before accessing school records of children in foster care.The purpose of this legislation is to improve school outcomes for children in foster care. Social workers will be able to better facilitate the transfer of records from a child’s previous school to his/her current …

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