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Implementing the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act (P.L. 113-183) to Benefit Children and Youth  is a helpful resource which includes a summary and rationale for each of the Act’s provisions and answers a number of questions being asked about it's implementation.  An implementation timeline of the Act’s various provisions is also included. This brief is a collaborative effort of the Children’s Defense Fund, Child Welfare League of America, First Focus, Generations United, Foster Family-based Treatment Association and Voice for Adoption. It will be updated as additional questions or clarification come forward and further issuances from the Children’s Bureau are released.

Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act Fact Sheet was developed by the Children's Defense Fund and provides an overview of the entire act, including sex trafficking and kinship provisions. 

Child Welfare Policy Manual – Successor Guardian Q/A’s contains questions and answers submitted to the HHS ACYF regarding implementation of the successor guardianship provision of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act. 

Information Memorandum (IM-14-03) published October 23, 2014 informs states and Tribes of the enactment of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and provides basic information on the new law, including title IV-E plan changes, new case plan requirements and definitions, additions to the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS), modifications to the Family Connection grants, Chafee program, and reauthorization of the Adoption and Guardianship Incentive Program. 

Program Instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-14-06) published November 21, 2014 provides instruction on some of the changes to the title IV-E plan requirements as a result of the Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act that are effective as of September 29, 2014.

Promoting Normalcy for Children and Youth in Foster Care written by the Juvenile Law Center helps to define normalcy and why it matters for foster children and youth. This paper identifies the barriers to normalcy, reviews the new federal law and explores state implementation strategies of the federal normalcy provisions. 

Issue Brief: The Role of the Court in Implementing the Youth Provisions of the Strengthening Families Act,  Written by Jennifer Pokempner, staff attorney at the Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA. written in  February  2016 as a project of  the ABA Youth Engagement Project,  ABA Center on Children and the Law.

What young people need to thrive: Leveraging the Strengthening Families Act to promote normalcy  the Jim Casey Initiative’s report which highlights recommendations from young people in foster care. November 2015.

 


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