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Websites and Publications of Interest

For consumers of human services for children
For providers of human services for children
For both consumers and providers of child-related human services
For consumers of human services for children

Childhelp USA
A (non-governmental) organization helps victims of child abuse and neglect with community outreach, child abuse and treatment programs and staffing a national, 24-hour hotline (170 languages) for children, families, and professionals; provides crisis intervention, information, and referrals to emergency and social service resources.

Family Resource Guide
Provides information about an extensive variety and number of resources of interest to parents of children with disabilities.

Fatherhood section of the National Quality Improvement Center
This site provides resources for fathers including important tips for non-custodial fathers involved in child protection cases, focusing on issues such as the father's legal rights, child support and courtroom etiquette. They include information written specifically for fathers on how they can be active participants in their children's case and successfully navigate the protection system.

Help in PA
Pennsylvania’s ‘one-stop’ guide for health and human service programs.

Hush Little Baby
Practical tips for soothing a crying baby and information about Family Resources’ Warmline (for parenting or staying calm) 1-877-WARMLYN or 1-800-641-4546.

Parents Anonymous
National Parent Helpline 1-855-4A PARENT - Monday through Friday, 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., EST.

Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board
Provides information, education, advocacy, and links for youth in foster care.

Rise Magazine
Contains stories by and for parents affected by the child welfare system.

For both consumers and providers of child-related human services

American Academy of Pediatrics
Provides parenting, advocacy, education and other resources for the mental, physical, and social health of children association of pediatricians.

American Bar Association (ABA) Center on Children and the Law
Provides technical assistance, training, and research on legal and court-related topics affecting children.

Anne E. Casey Foundation
Highlights the initiatives, data, and accomplishments of the Anne E. Casey Foundation that works toward human-service reforms and improving community supports for children and families by making grants for innovative policy and service delivery.

Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Provides information, policy direction, and funding to state, local, and tribal organizations that provide family assistance, child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other programs relating to children and families. ACF is federal agency (part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).

American Humane Association (AHA) Family Group Decision Making (FGDM)
Helps educate and define the basics of FGDM. This approach seeks collaboration with (extended) family to craft and implement plans for children’s safety, permanence, and well-being. Allegheny County’s FGDM is tailored for local families involved with the DHS Office of Children, Youth and Families.

Court Appointed Special Advocate of Allegheny County (CASA)
Provides information about the work of CASA, which trains and coordinates community volunteers that investigate and monitor facts of Children' Court case. Volunteers present findings and recommendations to the presiding Children's Court Judge.

Children's Defense Fund
Provides information about the work of the CDF. CDF conducts research, policy analysis, and advocacy; influencing lawmakers by building bipartisan support, developing programs and organizing nation-wide campaigns on child and family policy. CDF is known as a "strong…voice for all the children of America."

Child Welfare Information Gateway
The federal ‘one-stop’ information resource for child welfare, child abuse and neglect, and adoption, including print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and toolkits for improving child welfare practice as well as resources for families.

Family Resource Guide
Provides information about an extensive variety and number of resources of interest to parents of children with disabilities.

Juvenile Law Center Publications
Provides information for judges, lawyers, and other advocates (including youth themselves) on their interpretation of child welfare laws and rights in Pennsylvania.

My Life: Stories from Youth in Allegheny County’s Child Welfare System
Shows unscripted peer interviews of older youth who have lived in foster care. DHS created My Life to add the voice of youth to policy design and to enhance case practice.

National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI)
Provides information and resources to improve and advance the lives of Black children and families through advocacy and education. Information about BCDI’s initiatives (early care, education, health, parenting, and child welfare), publications, and conferences, etc. are linked. NBCDI is a member organization with affiliate chapters.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Provides assistance to parents, law enforcement, schools, and the community in recovering missing children and raising public awareness about ways to help prevent child abduction, molestation, and sexual exploitation. 1-800-THELOST.

National Runaway Switchboard
Offers a 24-hour hotline, information, referral and Home Free (transportation home) services to youth and families, utilizing Twitter, Facebook, and Myspace to help keep kids ‘safe and off the streets’ 1-800-RUNAWAY.

National Sudden and Unexpected Infant/Child Death and Pregnancy Loss
Provides information collected from national, state, and local SIDS/Infant Death programs, as well as data concerning perinatal, stillbirth, maternal and child health, and bereavement organizations. The agency is a federally-funded resource center.

Office of Children and Families in the Courts
Provides practical and technical information for families as well as legal and child-welfare professionals. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court, under the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts, initiated this interdisciplinary collaboration to improve practices in the child welfare system.

Pennsylvania’s Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth, and Families, Bureau of Child Welfare Services
Explains how child welfare services in Pennsylvania are organized and delivered. PA DHS OCYF is the regulatory and licensing body of county child welfare agencies in Pennsylvania.

Pa. State Police Megan’s Law
Provides information about Registered Sex Offenders.

Pa. State Resource Family Association
Provides information, support, and advocacy through a member organization of resource families (kinship, foster, and adoptive).

Pennsylvania Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network (SWAN)
Provides information about SWAN, an interdisciplinary information and facilitation service funded and overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. SWAN works with county children and youth agencies, affiliate agencies, and the public.

The Pennsylvania Adoption Exchange (PAE)
Provides information about PAE (part of PA SWAN, see above). PAE is not an adoption agency, but helps Pennsylvania children and youth agencies find adoptive families for children, interfacing with other state and national adoption exchanges. A photo album and information about children waiting to be adopted can be seen here. Please consider adopting a waiting child.

What a Difference a Friend Makes
Provides forums, information and peer interaction for persons living with mental illness and their friends and families.

For providers of human services for children

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
Provides professionals with practice guidelines, policy leadership, consultation, and training resources related to the abuse of children. APSAC is a multidisciplinary, child maltreatment member organization.

American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Provides links to publications, conference information, etc. related to the APHSA. APHSA is a member organization (with topic-specific affiliate chapters) of public human service agencies, partner agencies, and individuals devoted to educating Congress, the media, the public and each other on social policy and best practices.

Child Welfare League of America (CWLA)
Provides information about CWLA, a coalition of private and public child welfare agencies and partners that use collective expertise and research to define and promote excellence in child welfare practice standards, and provide training and advocacy to advance public policy.

Pa. Child Welfare Competency Based Training and Certification Program
Provides training and related materials for Pennsylvania Child Welfare Agencies.

Pa. Children and Youth Administrators (PCYA)
Provides support and information on child welfare and agency operations. PCYA is a member organization for Pennsylvania’s public child welfare agencies.

Pa. Council of Children, Youth, and Family Services
Provides information and support on child welfare and agency operations.PCCYFS is a member organization for private child welfare-related agencies.


For children and youth 

pdf.gif Eyes on Bullying - What You Can Do 
A toolkit to prevent bullying in children’s lives.

It’s All About U

It’s All About U is a campaign designed to educate children, school staff, families, and the Allegheny County community about the importance of mental health and the role stigma plays in preventing not only treatment but simple dialog about how we feel. The campaign was administered by the county’s Community Connections for Families (CCF) program. In 2001, the campaign was piloted in five schools.  Currently, the campaign is available to any school in Allegheny County. 

pdf.gif Free "How Do You Feel?" coloring book for kids
pdf.gif Free "Explore Your Feelings" coloring book for kids

pdf.gif Know Your Rights - A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care
by the Juvenile Law Center and KidsVoice

For parents and caregivers 

A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System 
Chlid Welfare League of America - a comprehensive resource that answers many of the questions families face when they become involved with the child welfare system.

pdf.gif A Parent's Handbook (Disponible en español, por debajo)
This handbook is provided to every family as they enter the child welfare system.  It details the rights and responsibilities of the parents, court and child welfare system. It also provides an overview of what can be expected when involved with CYF.  

pdf.gif Choose Your Caregiver Carefully - Your Baby is Counting on You (Disponible en español, por debajo)
 Highlights the importance of leaving babies with trustworthy, patient caregivers.

pdf.gif Choose Your Partner Carefully  

pdf.gif Elige a tu pareja atentamente– tu bebé depende de ti 
Destaca la importancia de dejar a los bebés con los cuidadores de confianza, el paciente.

pdf.gif Eyes on Bullying - What You Can Do 
A toolkit to prevent bullying in children’s lives.

Home Alone - Is your child ready?
Helps parents think about all the factors that are important when deciding if a child is ready to be left home alone. (Disponible en español, por debajo)

pdf.gif Manual para Padres
Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. Este manual se proporciona a cada familia cuando entran en el sistema de bienestar infantil. En él se detallan los derechos y responsabilidades de los padres, los tribunales y sistema de bienestar infantil. También proporciona una visión general de lo que se puede esperar cuando se involucren con CYF.

pdf.gif Parents Guide to Truancy
Published by the Hamilton Fish Institute in Washington, DC.

pdf.gif Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet
Family & Children's Service in Minneapolis has published the Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet, a resource being made available at no cost to families, teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, and community professionals who work with kids and families.

Solo en casa – ¿Estu listo tu hijo?
Ayuda a los padres pensar en todos los factores que son importantes al decidir si un niño está listo para ser dejado solo en casa

For professionals 

pdf.gif Child Maltreatment 2010
Children's Bureau research on child abuse and neglect

pdf.gif Child Protection and Child Outcomes: Measuring Effects of Foster Care
MIT Sloan School of Management & NBER
March 2007, Joseph J. Doyle, Jr.

pdf.gif Child Welfare Financing 101 
North American Council on Adoptable Children publication, March 2007

pdf.gif Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care
Developmental Issues for Young Children in Foster Care
American Academy of Pediatrics, Volume 106, Issue 5, November 2000

pdf.gif Healthy Beginnings, Healthy Futures: A Judge's Guide 
Created by the ABA Center on Children and the Law. Addresses the wide array of health needs of very young children in the child welfare system. While written for judges, the information can be useful for both parents' and children's attorneys, guardians ad litem, CASAs, and other child advocates.

pdf.gif New Help for Children Raised by Grandparents and Other Relatives: Questions and Answers About the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 
Developed collaboratively 18 organizations, including  Casey Family Programs, to provide guidance to the field on interpretation and implementation of the relative care provisions of the Foster Connections to Success Act

Pennsylvania Dependency Benchbook  
A comprehensive resource, by judges for judges, that combines Pennsylvania law, organized pragmatically to allow quick and efficient use, with a series of state and national best practices that will provide judges and practitioners, from the least to most experienced, with the best possible information to support children and families safely.

pdf.gif Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet
Family & Children's Service in Minneapolis has published the Sharing Family Strengths Activity Booklet, a resource being made available at no cost to families, teachers, mental health professionals, social workers, and community professionals who work with kids and families.

The Cost of Protecting Vulnerable Children V, Understanding State Variation in Child Welfare Financing 
The Urban Institute, May 24, 2006

World Wide Web Icon The Porch Light Project - Forever Family For Every Child
Pennsylvania Partnership for Children, September 10, 2008

pdf.gif Time for Reform: Investing in Prevention, Keeping Children Safe At Home
Kids Are Waiting (KAW), a project of The Pew Charitable Trusts, January 29, 2008 

word.gif Total Estimated Cost of Child Abuse and Neglect
Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA), January 29, 2008

pdf.gif Youth with Disabilities in the Foster Care System: Barriers to Success and Proposed Policy Solutions
Report by the National Council on Disability, February 26, 2008