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Children, Youth, & Families

ASPE produces a range of policy research to promote child development, early childhood care and education, child welfare, positive youth development, and child and family well-being. 

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ASPE Issue Brief

Practice Guide: Centering Fathers in Human Services Programming to Increase Participation

October 11, 2021
Human services programs can implement recruitment and retention strategies to increase father engagement and participation in services to promote child and family well-being. When included in programming, fathers have the opportunity to expand their valuable role in their families and help generate positive child and family outcomes.
ASPE Issue Brief

Program Snapshot: Engaging Fathers During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond

October 11, 2021
During the COVID-19 pandemic, many human services organizations, including fatherhood programs, adapted their engagement approaches as the needs of the people they serve changed.

Fact Sheet: Approaches for engaging fathers in child support programs

October 11, 2021
Child support payments are associated with increased parent-child engagement, which can lead not only to better academic and social outcomes for children but also to better parent-child and parent-parent relationships. Moreover, child support payments lifted nearly three-quarters of a million families out of poverty in 2017.
ASPE Issue Brief

Child and Adolescent Mental Health During COVID-19: Considerations for Schools and Early Childhood Providers

September 24, 2021
COVID-19 pandemic’s social restrictions have prompted a surge in the mental health needs of children of all ages. Nationwide 4.3 million children/adolescents have been diagnosed with COVID-19 as of August 2021, and many of them have returned to early childhood and school settings. Schools and early childhood programs have long been essential settings for delivery of mental health services.
Research Brief

The Initial Impact of COVID-19 on Children and Youth (Birth to 24 years)

September 21, 2021
This brief provides a high level overview of the impact of COVID-19 on the development, emotional and behavioral health, social, and economic well-being of children and youth (ages birth to 24).
ASPE Data Point

Infographic: A Framework for Father Engagement in Services

September 16, 2021
This infographic visualizes a framework for father engagement in human services, detailing key approaches and strategies used by programs, organizations, and systems.  Related Products:
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Infographic: What is Father Engagement?

September 16, 2021
This infographic defines "father engagement" and highlights ways programs, organizations, and systems play a role in promoting father engagement in services.  Related Products:
ASPE Issue Brief

Issue Brief: Father Engagement in Human Services

September 16, 2021
Fathers want to and can play an important role in their children’s lives, but too often human services programs have not focused on supporting dads. This brief identifies approaches and strategies at the program, organization, and system levels to strengthen engagement of fathers by human services programs. 
Research Brief

How Some States Use Title IV-E Foster Care Funding for Family-Based Facilities that Treat Substance Use Disorders

September 13, 2021
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) permits states to use title IV-E foster care funding for children placed in foster care with their parent in a licensed residential family-based treatment facility for substance abuse. However, few states currently use this funding, due to barriers such as competing priorities and lack of facilities.