Children's Home Society of America

Children's Home Society of America For over a century, CHSA has been an advocate and leader in achieving positive outcomes for America’s children and families. Children's Home Society of America (CHSA) is a charitable organization with an outstanding history, national scope and a proven network of adoption, early childhood development, and family support services across the United States.
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CHSA members work to create positive change in the lives of children.

Mission: Children's Home Society of America offers a national network of voluntary non-profit agencies working collaboratively to develop families and communities so that all children are safe, healthy, and prepared for life.

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Nebraska Children's Home Society
05/08/2020
Nebraska Children's Home Society

Nebraska Children's Home Society

This article published by Reflection Sciences, Inc. focuses on the Executive Functioning Across Generations model developed by The Family Partnership (TFP).

Executive Functioning Across Generations is a comprehensive intervention designed to boost Executive Functioning in children and parents.

NCHS has partnered with TFP to replicate the model at our Early Childhood Education Center.

The project is funded by Children's Home Society of America and the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University.

Click below to read more about this

https://reflectionsciences.com/the-family-partnership-leveraging-a-two-generation-approach-to-improve-executive-function-in-families/

CHSA member Children & Families First (Delaware) has announced its new CEO Kirsten Olson who will step into the role aft...
11/25/2019

CHSA member Children & Families First (Delaware) has announced its new CEO Kirsten Olson who will step into the role after Leslie Newman retires at the end of the year. Congrats Kirsten!

Children & Families First is proud to announce our Board of Directors has selected Kirsten Olson, our current Chief Strategy Officer to become our new Chief Executive Officer as of Jan 1, 2020! CONGRATULATIONS Kirsten!
For our full press release please visit: https://conta.cc/2rdy4zY

Join this informative webinar scheduled for tomorrow!
10/29/2019

Join this informative webinar scheduled for tomorrow!

Although there was a decline in youth in foster care, the length of time children stay has risen, with fewer of them returning to their parents. Join us tomorrow at 10 a.m. PST or 1 p.m. EST, for a free #webinar to discuss the new data. http://j.mp/2BU4ba2

10/23/2019

As we wrap up our ninth Wicked Problems in Chicago, we want to thank our sponsors: Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Jessie Ball duPont Fund and Council on Accreditation. Thank you for your remarkable support!

David Kelly, special assistant of the U.S. Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner, provided our second-day keynote for...
10/23/2019

David Kelly, special assistant of the U.S. Children's Bureau Associate Commissioner, provided our second-day keynote for our Wicked Problems institute.

Thank you to the participants on our youth and family voice panel at Wicked Problems institute. Georgia Boothe of Childr...
10/22/2019

Thank you to the participants on our youth and family voice panel at Wicked Problems institute. Georgia Boothe of Children's Aid served as the moderator.

Thank you for coming to this incredible institute!
10/22/2019

Thank you for coming to this incredible institute!

Child welfare is a wicked problem—it is a problem that defies ordinary solutions.

It is "wicked" because as the priorities of the government change, definitions of the source of the problem shift between fixing the blame on inadequate and irresponsible parenting versus tying it to the stresses of the larger social environment.

Whatever its source, child welfare problems are interconnected to drug abuse, domestic violence, and unmarried parenthood, at the individual level; concentrated poverty, institutional racism, and ineffective social policies, at the societal level.

In setting policy, government continues to struggle with how to measure success and whether it is best to focus narrowly on child safety or more broadly on social and emotional well-being.

Staff from the Institute are attending The FFSPA Call to Action in Chicago this week to learn more about harnessing the power of families as part of Children's Home Society of America Wicked Problems of Child Welfare Institute IX.

Pictured here is Illinois Governor JB Pritzker speaking at the event earlier today.

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Christine James Brown of Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) served as moderator of our expert panel on supporting ki...
10/22/2019

Christine James Brown of Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) served as moderator of our expert panel on supporting kinship care at our Wicked Problems Institute today.

Dr. Melissa Merrick of Prevent Child Abuse America, Paul DiLorenzo of Casey Family Programs, Laurie Ann Spagnola of Boar...
10/22/2019

Dr. Melissa Merrick of Prevent Child Abuse America, Paul DiLorenzo of Casey Family Programs, Laurie Ann Spagnola of Board of Child Care and Steve Grilli of Washington state's child and family department share their insights of the transformation and impact of the Family First Act for our first panel at our Wicked Problems' institute.

Dr. Melissa Merrick of Prevent Child Abuse America served as our moderator for our Wicked Problems' first panel about in...
10/22/2019

Dr. Melissa Merrick of Prevent Child Abuse America served as our moderator for our Wicked Problems' first panel about insights into Families First Act transformation.

Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale University's School of Medicine provided a powerful opening keynote about engaging fathers at CH...
10/22/2019

Dr. Kyle Pruett of Yale University's School of Medicine provided a powerful opening keynote about engaging fathers at CHSA's Wicked Problems institute today.

Thank you Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker for proving the opening remarks for the start of our annual Wicked Problems of Child...
10/22/2019

Thank you Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker for proving the opening remarks for the start of our annual Wicked Problems of Child Welfare today in Chicago!

CHSA member Children's Aid was featured in yesterday's The New York Times on how they helped Alexander Santana, who spen...
10/21/2019
He Spent 14 Years in Foster Care. Now He Hopes to Inspire Others.

CHSA member Children's Aid was featured in yesterday's The New York Times on how they helped Alexander Santana, who spent 14 years in New York City’s foster care system,

After settling in his own apartment, Alexander Santana is working toward a career in motivational speaking.

Ned Breslin, president/CEO at CHSA member Tennyson Center for Children, promotes the importance of CASA volunteers who o...
10/02/2019
Opinion: Make a difference in the life of a child in need. Become a special advocate.

Ned Breslin, president/CEO at CHSA member Tennyson Center for Children, promotes the importance of CASA volunteers who offer trusted, stable relationships for children in the foster care system.

Open sharing in a room full of people representing agencies that span the entire child welfare system are surprisingly rare.  Rare, to the detriment of children whose bumpy journey through child welfare mirrors the young woman who, on the verge of “aging out” of child welfare, shared her pain, ...

The Chronicle of Social Change provides a rundown on where states stand in the wake of implementation of the Family Firs...
09/16/2019
Family First Act: Who’s In, Who’s Out, What’s Up In The Air

The Chronicle of Social Change provides a rundown on where states stand in the wake of implementation of the Family First Act.

With the Family First Act taking effect in a few weeks, Youth Services Insider provides a quick roundup of where things stand

CHSA member Children's Home Society of West Virginia has been hosting listening sessions across the state to discuss wha...
08/30/2019
Facing Record Number of Children in System, Foster Care Families Share Experiences at Forum

CHSA member Children's Home Society of West Virginia has been hosting listening sessions across the state to discuss what’s working and what could be better inside West Virginia's foster care system.

Lawyers, lawmakers, about two dozen foster families, and others put their heads together Tuesday evening to discuss what’s working and what could be better

Edward Breslin, president and CEO of CHSA member Tennyson Center for Children, shares new pathways forward to circumvent...
08/07/2019
Rewiring Child Welfare in Colorado: Getting Ahead of The Family Crisis

Edward Breslin, president and CEO of CHSA member Tennyson Center for Children, shares new pathways forward to circumvent child welfare involvement for families.

Rewiring Child Welfare in Colorado: Tennyson Center CEO Shares How the State is Working to Get Ahead of The Family Crisis

CHSA Vice Chair Amy Herbst of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin presented as part of a panel about mental health last wee...
08/05/2019
County mental health services for children up 400 percent

CHSA Vice Chair Amy Herbst of Children's Hospital of Wisconsin presented as part of a panel about mental health last week. Herbst said more investments should be made to “have the workforce that we need to create the access to mental health care that our kids and families need.”

MOUNT PLEASANT — Howard Peckrd is concerned about the mental health of some of his younger family members, and on Thursday at Case High School he wanted to learn more

Former CHSA Board Chair and President/CEO of Children's Home Society of Washington Sharon Osborne shares insights into h...
07/30/2019
Sharon Osborne on Dismantling Systems and Leading Nonprofits

Former CHSA Board Chair and President/CEO of Children's Home Society of Washington Sharon Osborne shares insights into her longstanding career in child and family services.

Sharon Osborne, who led the Children's Home Society of Washington for 30 years, discusses nonprofit leadership and system dismantling as her tenure ends

CHSA member Children's Home Society of Washington hosted an event, "Brighter Futures for Children & Families," last Thur...
07/29/2019

CHSA member Children's Home Society of Washington hosted an event, "Brighter Futures for Children & Families," last Thursday in honor Sharon Osborne's 35-year legacy. Sharon served as CHSW's 14th president/CEO and is also the immediate past board chair of CHSA. During the program, CHSA Board Chair and Children's Home Society of NC President/CEO Brian Maness thanked Sharon for her work across the decades to support children and their families.

The United Nations human rights office urges an immediate end to separating families.
07/27/2019
Taking Migrant Children From Parents Is Illegal, U.N. Tells U.S.

The United Nations human rights office urges an immediate end to separating families.

The Trump administration treats all undocumented border crossing as a crime, jailing adults and splitting families. The U.N. says that violates the children’s rights.

Child Care Aware of America released their 2019 report that analyzes each state’s use of the Child Care and Development ...
07/24/2019
CCDBG: 2019 State Snapshots

Child Care Aware of America released their 2019 report that analyzes each state’s use of the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG), one of the most important subsidies for low-income families that allows access to subsidized child care.

While a lack of access to quality child care is a national crisis, each state has a unique child care landscape with highlights and challenges. We worked with partners in all 50 states on descriptions on the status of CCDBG funding in the state. Read the report to learn more.

Parents, practitioners and policymakers now have information on family-based recovery programs that allow children to st...
07/20/2019
New National Map of Family-Based Recovery Programs Available

Parents, practitioners and policymakers now have information on family-based recovery programs that allow children to stay with their parent in a residential substance abuse treatment program.

A group of nonprofits has mapped out what's available in American when it comes to family-based substance abuse recovery programs

CHSA member Board of Child Care (Maryland) was selected for ABC 2 Baltimore’s “Built Upon a Dream” TV show for free faci...
07/19/2019
Built Upon a Dream 2019! | Board of Child Care

CHSA member Board of Child Care (Maryland) was selected for ABC 2 Baltimore’s “Built Upon a Dream” TV show for free facility improvements. Congrats! Learn more by clicking on the link.

Built Upon a Dream 2019! BCC is thrilled to have been selected as WMAR ABC2 Baltimore’s Built Upon a Dream grant recipient! This page will get updated as the show progresses – so please check back every few weeks! Modeled after ABC’s very popular Extreme Home Makeover show, instead of selectin...

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) introduced a resolution calling for more research into racial disparities in...
07/18/2019
Watson Coleman Introduces Resolution to Acknowledge Disparities in Mental Health Care

Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) introduced a resolution calling for more research into racial disparities in diagnosing and treating mental health among youth.

Washington, D.C. (July 10, 2019) — Today, Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) introduced a resolution calling for more research by the Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities into racial disparities in diagnosing and tre...

The Only Family First Plan Under Review Right Now
07/18/2019
The Only Family First Plan Under Review Right Now

The Only Family First Plan Under Review Right Now

At least ten states are planning to implement the Family First Act when it takes effect. But only one child welfare system has actually submitted a plan.

Congrats to Jim Mason, president/CEO Beech Acres Parenting Center on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Vista...
07/18/2019

Congrats to Jim Mason, president/CEO Beech Acres Parenting Center on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from Vistage Worldwide!

Jim says the following "I am always humbled by any recognition and grateful to be recognized by my peers for the work Beech Acres Parenting Center as done and continues to do for families in the Greater Cincinnati Community. It is clearly a team effort. I am deeply grateful for the dedication of the board, staff, foster parents, donors, and other partners who make our success possible."

07/17/2019
With Everyone... Forever | Ned Breslin | TEDxBoulder

Ned Breslin, president/CEO of CHSA member Tennyson Center for Children (Colorado), gave a powerful Tedx Talk sharing his journey from childhood trauma to a global initiative that will impact 30 million people by the end of 2019.

A journey from childhood trauma to a global initiative that will impact 30 million people by the end of 2019, with a return to face trauma head on once again...

Steve Tuck, CHSA member Children's Home Society of West Virginia's president/CEO, provides his reaction to changes in th...
07/16/2019
Reaction to changes in West Virginia foster care

Steve Tuck, CHSA member Children's Home Society of West Virginia's president/CEO, provides his reaction to changes in the foster care system in West Virginia.

The Children's Home Society of West Virginia reacts on the state's plans for foster care.

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