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.


Promoting Student Well-Being: Free educational modules

Created in partnership with ASU's Sanford Inspire Program, Drs. Judy Krysik and Elizabeth Anthony of ASU's Center for Child Well-Being and School of Social work developed 4 free online educational modules to develop teachers' knowledge of topics related to child welfare and students' broader social context.

  • Identifying Signs of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Understanding the Impact of Trauma on Students
  • Supporting Trauma-Exposed Students

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Reducing state and local costs through Title IV-E partnership

ASU's Center for Child Well-Being provides technical assistance in the assessment of training programs for Title IV-E eligibility, as well as education on opportunities to reduce state and local costs through Title IV-E partnership opportunities.

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Center for Child Well-Being: Annual Report 2015-16

The Center for Child Well-Being's first annual report highlights achievements in Training & Technical Assistance, Research & Evaluation, and Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships through June 30, 2016.


Response to Youth Trafficking

Judy Krysik led development of a report recently released by The Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family together with the Arizona Human Trafficking Council. Arizona Guidelines for Developing a Regional Response to Youth Sex Trafficking is a statewide model that serves as a roadmap for best practices.  


ASU's Center for Child Well-Being joins the Network Partnership Program of the Children's Wellbeing Initiative. The Initiative, supported by Ashoka Changemakers and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, brings together organizations and individuals who believe that solutions are needed that bridge sectors and communities; and who will contribute to a dynamic, diverse, and collaborative network. Find out more about the initiative here.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children, Youth and Families awarded the funding to Dominique Roe-Sepowitz (right) and Judy Krysik (left). Both are professors and researchers in the School of Social Work, part of the College of Public Programs at Arizona State University. The project will be a collaborative effort involving the ASU Office for Sex Trafficking Research Intervention, the ASU Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy and the Arizona Department of Child Safety. 

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We know that technology is constantly changing and evolving, and as a society use technology to complete many of our daily tasks.  With this evolution of technology, how do we ensure our children are building necessary life skills to prepare them for adulthood?  HRMOM Melissa B. Griffin discusses this topic in a recent blog post “If our kids have time for HOURS of Snapchat or Instagram,” she asserts, “they have time to learn marketable skills on these same laptops and devices.” She believes that by helping them to build confidence in these versions of “adulating” they will experience less anxiety when they are expected to perform them on their own.  If we help our children, and ease them into these types of experiences and encourage them while they make their fumbling attempts, we can help them build confidence and prepare them for a time in their lives when they are on their own, in their first jobs, or living in their first apartments.

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Everyone Makes Mistakes Living with my Daddy in Jail is unique in that it was written by 10 year old Madison Strempek. Part self-help book, and part auto-biography, Madison tells her story and how she overcame difficulty. Coming from a large, supportive Korean family, Madison’s parent are divorced when her father makes a mistake and goes to jail. Madison’s voice shines through as she speaks about being sad and missing her father, but her optimism and strength are also apparently when she suggests that children identify who it is you can talk to for help and use hobbies and other things you love as distraction and focus.

The book walks through a broad range of topics like visiting your parent, handling conversations with peers, and utilizing teachers and counselors as support. After each section, there are prompts for the reader to complete such as identifying who you can talk to or listing questions that you have.

This is a good resource for children of incarcerated parents to hear from someone who has been in their shoes. While not applicable to a general audience, the book should also be read by those working with children of incarcerated parents for its unique child perspective.


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From Awareness to Action, Children of Incarcerated Parents 3rd Annual National Conference

Don't miss this exciting conference!  Join Us!

April 20-22nd | Phoenix, Ariz. | Venue: The Wigwam Resort , Litchfield Park, AZ 

Looking back to our first two years, the focus of the National Children of Incarcerated Parents Conference has been on building awareness and collaboration. This year, our audacious conference goal is to expand programming, advocacy and policy, across the country in a big way.

We have been inspired by the feedback from prior conference attendees who have been motivated to return home and put in place programming. That is a great start! We are also dismayed at the lack of policy at the federal, state and local levels that would better the lives of these children and their families. In order to meet this year’s goal we will be offering tracks in the following three areas:

Track One:  Service & Practice in Programs and Systems
Track Two:  Community Advocacy
Track Three:  Promoting Public Policy


Registration is now open!
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