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The mission of ASU’s Center for Child Well-Being is to advance child and family well-being. We believe society can collectively overcome challenges and make a difference by ensuring the health and well-being of its children. Drawing upon the expertise of faculty from across ASU's research enterprise, we work to increase resilience among families and to build safer and more vibrant communities for young people.

5th Annual Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference - Empowering youth, families and communities in the face of mass incarceration

We are pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference will take place virtually on April 17, April 24, and May 1, 2023.

Each spring, the ASU Center for Child Well-Being hosts the National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference, not only to further awareness of the impact of incarceration on children and families, but also to increase community capacity to respond in helpful and healing ways. We started the conference because of the general lack of awareness of the almost 3 million children who currently have a parent incarcerated, and the 10 million who have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their childhood.

Our conference is unique in that it provides an opportunity to listen, dialogue, learn, network, and collaborate. Our presenters range from those with lived experience of incarceration (parents, children, and caretakers), to teachers, faith-based community members, researchers, advocates, child welfare and legal professionals, as well as others who interact with children and families affected by incarceration on a daily basis.

We look forward to having you join us as we continue our work on this important issue.

More information about the 5th Annual Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference is coming soon. 

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Newest information on articles, current events, and research

The Center for Child Well-Being is excited to share this new community resource available throughout Arizona.  Fathers play an important role in their children's lives and Dad Together helps all fathers better connect with their children.  Click the image below to view the flier for information on how to sign-up for the program.

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Image of adult and child holding hands with the article title of "Black Kin Caregivers: Acceptability and Cultural Adaptation of the Family Check-Up/Everyday Parenting Program" below

In this article, Drs. Qi Wu and Judy Krysik, as well as CCWB affiliated doctoral student, Anthony Thornton report the findings from a pilot of the Family CheckUp/Everyday Parenting program with black kin caregivers.  Black children join kinship care disproportionately and black kin caregivers often face financial, housing, mental health, and parenting challenges when caring for relative children. Few interventions have been developed specifically for kin caregivers. This study evaluated the initial acceptability of this evidence based parenting intervention and worked to culturally adapt it for Black kin caregivers. Implications for child welfare practice, policy, and research are provided. 

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Arizona State University, ASU, #1InnovationThe Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) and Arizona State University (ASU) established a unique partnership to collect federally required National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) survey data from young people in Arizona. Social work students in a Title IV-E program conducted many of the interviews while learning about the needs of young people who are transition-aged and gaining research skills. This article describes the process of developing and implementing the project and provides recommendations for engaging in child welfare agency and university collaborations to meet federal reporting requirements while advancing knowledge about young people in transition.

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