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National Child Traumatic Stress Network

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) – The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) was created by Congress in 2000 as part of the Children’s Health Act to raise the standard of care and increase access to services for children and families who experience or witness traumatic events. This unique network of frontline providers, family members, researchers, and national partners is committed to changing the course of children’s lives by improving their care and moving scientific gains quickly into practice across the U.S. The NCTSN is administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and coordinated by the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress (NCCTS).

Visit the NCTSN website.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, we provide access to print and electronic publications, websites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice, including resources that can be shared with families.

Visit the Child Welfare Information Gateway website.

Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (OCADVSA)

We are a resource for service providers and advocates throughout Oklahoma and Indian Country who work to prevent and eliminate domestic, sexual, and systemic violence. We provide education, shed light on issues that affect all victims, and advocate for legislation that will better support victims. Together we work towards an abuse-free future for our state, our country, and our world.

Visit the OCADVSA website.

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)

The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is the state’s “safety net” mental health and substance use treatment services system. The department’s core mission is to provide prevention and treatment services for Oklahomans who are indigent and without a means to pay.

Visit the ODMHSAS website.

The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)

The mission of the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare is to advance the effective implementation of evidence-based practices for children and families involved with the child welfare system.

Visit the CEBC website.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Visit the SAMHSA website resource center.

Administration on Children, Youth, and Families (ACF)

Administration on Children, Youth, and Families logo
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance. Learn more about what we do.

Children’s Bureau

Children's BureauThe Children’s Bureau (CB) partners with federal, state, tribal and local agencies to improve the overall health and well-being of our nation’s children and families. With an annual budget of almost $8 billion, the Children’s Bureau provides support and guidance to programs that focus on:

  • Strengthening families and preventing child abuse and neglect
  • Protecting children when abuse or neglect has occurred
  • Ensuring that every child and youth has a permanent family or family connection

Visit the Children’s Bureau website.

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

NCSACW is a national resource center providing information, expert consultation, training and technical assistance to child welfare, dependency court and substance abuse treatment professionals to improve the safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families.

Visit the NCSACW website.

Child Welfare League of America

CWLA is a powerful coalition of hundreds of private and public agencies that since 1920 has worked to serve children and families who are vulnerable. Our expertise, leadership and innovation on policies, programs, and practices help improve the lives of millions of children across the country. Our impact is felt worldwide.

Visit the CWLA website.

Find Youth Info Program Directory
The Program Directory features evidence-based programs whose purpose is to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people.

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Child Trends

Child Trends’ What Works is a searchable register of over 700 programs that have had at least one randomized evaluation to assess child or youth outcomes related to education, life skills, and social/emotional, mental, physical, behavioral, or reproductive health.

Visit the Child Trends/LINKS Database

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care
This review provides a critical analysis and synthesis of the comparative efficacy and effectiveness of interventions (psychosocial and pharmacological) that address child well-being and/or promote positive child welfare outcomes (safety, placement stability, and permanency) for maltreated children ages birth to 14 years.

Read about the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Child Exposure to Trauma: Comparative Effectiveness of Interventions Addressing Maltreatment

Campbell Collaboration

Campbell Collaboration
The Campbell Collaboration promotes positive social and economic change through the production and use of systematic reviews and other evidence synthesis for evidence-based policy and practice.

Visit the Campbell Collaboration website

Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development

The Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development mission is to promote interventions that work. We do this by providing a comprehensive, trusted registry of evidence-based interventions (programs, practices and policies) that are effective in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development and adult maturity. We also advocate for evidence-based interventions locally and nationally and produce publications on the importance of adopting high-scientific standards when evaluating what works in social and crime prevention interventions.

Visit the Blueprints website.

SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center

This new Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

Visit the Evidence-Based Practice Resource Center section of the SAMHSA website.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and security threats, both foreign and in the U.S. Whether diseases start at home or abroad, are chronic or acute, curable or preventable, human error or deliberate attack, CDC fights disease and supports communities and citizens to do the same. CDC increases the health security of our nation. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. To accomplish our mission, CDC conducts critical science and provides health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats, and responds when these arise.

Visit the CDC website.

National Institute on Drug Abuse

Our mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. This involves strategically supporting and conducting basic and clinical research on drug use (including nicotine), its consequences, and the underlying neurobiological, behavioral, and social mechanisms involved. Ensures the effective translation, implementation, and dissemination of scientific research findings to improve the prevention and treatment of substance use disorders and enhance public awareness of addiction as a brain disorder

Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse website.

National Institute of Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the lead federal agency for research on mental disorders, offers basic information on mental disorders, a range of related topics, and the latest mental health research. It is not the intention of NIMH to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Consult with a qualified health care provider for diagnosis, treatment, and answers to your personal questions.

Visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.

Effective Child Therapy

Effective Child Therapy is an initiative of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP). The site was originally developed in partnership between SCCAP and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. The site aims to provide parents and other caregivers with easy-to-access, comprehensive information on the symptoms and treatments of behavioral and mental health problems in children and adolescents. This site was developed to educate the public and professionals about mental health treatments that are backed by the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work. Information presented is not meant to replace the advice of a health professional. It can serve as a starting point for discussions with a qualified clinical child psychologist or other health professional to find an evidence-based therapy. Information on the website is intended for educational purposes only. The website is not meant to replace the advice a mental health professional has provided nor to serve as a substitute for mental health treatment. Do not use this information to self-diagnose or self-treat.
Visit the Effective Child Therapy website.

Questions from the Field – Casey Family Programs

You asked, we answered. We work with child welfare and tribal leaders, judicial representatives and policymakers in all 50 states to answer critical questions about approaches and strategies that can safely reduce the need for foster care and improve the lives of the children and families they serve. To do this, Casey Family Programs consults with experts to compile relevant research, experiences and insights on a broad set of topics. We share this information broadly to help other leaders tackle similar issues in their own communities. Our easy-to-read briefs and other resources offer meaningful snapshots of the most current, action-oriented information. Keep asking…we’ll keep answering.

Visit the Questions From the Field website.

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