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.

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Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 4th Annual Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference will take place virtually on March 30th, April 6th, & 13th, 2022.

This year's conference theme will be:

Leading the Future: Young People as Partners for Change

Over the years we have held the national conference, our goals have been built on creating awareness, collaboration, expansion of programming, and advocacy for children of incarcerated parents. This year, we continue these goals with a focus on elevating the voices of children, youth, and families whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. 

 2022 Call for Proposals Now Open!

We are seeking proposals for the 4th Annual Children of Incarcerated Parents National Conference. The conference theme is Leading the Future: Young People as Partners for Change and it will be held virtually on March 30th, Aril 6th & 13th 2022. We hope you’ll consider submitting a proposal to speak! Follow the link bel;ow to learn more about the tracks and how to submit a propsal. 

Call for proposals


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Newest information on our blog regarding trends, current events, and research

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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Child Sex Trafficking Report- Maricopa County Collaborative December 2020

Between 2017 and 2020, 291 children in Maricopa County were confirmed victims of child sex trafficking. These disturbing findings are outlined in a report released by the Arizona State University Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research, Mercy Care, and the Phoenix Police Department and funded by the Arizona Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family. This report reviews child sex trafficking victims reported to the Maricopa County Child Sex Trafficking Collaborative between 2017 and 2020.

The Maricopa County Child Sex Trafficking Collaborative is a unique community initiative that was developed to serve child victims of sex trafficking through a multidisciplinary and holistic perspective. Details about the victims, how they were referred to the Collaborative, their guardianship, and information about the impact of COVID-19 are included in this report.

Findings include:

How Are Arizona Youth Living in Out-of-Home Placement Really Doing?
Written by: Julia Hernández, PhD, MSW

Arizona State University, ASU, #1Innovation, Foster Care Awareness Month, Foster Care, Foster Youth,Supporting foster kids, NYTD, DCS, Department of Child safety

What is NYTD?
The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a Federal reporting system designed to track youth and the independent living services they receive from states as they prepare to transition out of the foster care system.

In 1999, Public Law 106-169 established the John H. Chaffee Foster Care Independence Program, providing states with flexible funding for programs that help youth transition from foster care to independence. As a condition of receiving funding, the law requires states to track the services they provide and the outcomes of youth who participate in Chafee funded programs. In 2008, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), the federal agency tasked with overseeing the administration of Chaffee funding, developed NYTD to meet this provision. As part of NYTD, states are required to survey youth in foster care at ages 17, 19, and 21.