Child Welfare

Tip Sheet: Federal Resources and Initiatives for Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk

NDTAC released this tip sheet providing an overview of relevant federal offices and programs, as well as data sources, that can be used to support state- and local-level decision-making and planning efforts of programs for youth who are neglected or delinquent. It also offers key questions that program administrators and practitioners can use to dig deeper into federal datasets and initiatives.

Guide for Incarcerated Parents Who Have Children in the Child Welfare System

A new guide helps parents involved in the criminal justice system work with the child welfare system to stay involved with their children and understand the reunification process.

How Individualized Education Program (IEP) Transition Planning Makes a Difference for Youth with Disabilities

Youth who receive special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA 2004) and especially young adults of transition age, should be involved in planning for life after high school as early as possible and no later than age 16. Transition services should stem from the individual youth’s needs and strengths, ensuring that planning takes into account his or her interests, preferences, and desires for the future.

Young Adults Formerly in Foster Care: Challenges and Solutions

Nearly 30,000 youth aged out of foster care in Fiscal Year 2009, which represents nine percent of the young people involved in the foster care system that year. This transition can be challenging for youth, especially youth who have grown up in the child welfare system.


We spoke to Elliott by phone on November 17, 2011.
Questions with * were added February 6, 2012.


We spoke with Nicole via email in April 2012.


We spoke with Leroy via phone and email in June 2014.


We spoke with Angel by phone on May 4, 2011.

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Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?

Angel: I am 22 years old now and will be 23 in June. I grew up in the foster care system. I was in and out as far back as I can remember. My mom passed away when I was 13. Shortly after that I moved in with the family I am with now. They adopted me at the age of 16.