Copy of websites of interest-2-20-15

WEBSITES OF INTEREST
   
The following list of websites is intended to help the child advocate learn more about the issues related to child abuse/neglect and help them become better advocates for the children for whom they advocate. This list is not intended to be a complete or comprehensive list of helpful websites; rather it is intended to help promote increased knowledge and further investigation into the many issues involved in the arena of child advocacy. Many of these websites list other websites that will help promote knowledge and are beneficial to the CASA volunteer and others.
 
CASA for Kids does not endorse any of these agencies,
but rather provides the list for informational and research purposes.
  
CHILD ADVOCACY:

Administration for Children and Families           www.acf.hhs.gov
The ACF is the federal agency funding state, local and tribal organizations to provide family assistance – welfare, child support, child care, head start, child welfare and other programs relating to children and families.

American Humane Society           www.americanhumane.org
Focus is on the prevention of cruelty to children and animals. Includes information on the National Center on Family Group Decision Making.

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC )           www.apsac.org
The APSAC is the website for professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence.

Chapin Hall          www.chapinhall.org
Chapin Hall is an applied research center at the University of Chicago dedicated to conducting and actively disseminating rigorous research that serves children and youth, their families, and the communities in which they live.

Child Abuse Prevention Network           www.child-abuse.com
Covers a wide variety of child abuse topics.

Child Help USA           www.childhelp.org
Dedicated to meeting the physical, emotional, educational, educational and spiritual needs of abused and neglected children by focusing efforts and resources upon treatment, prevention and research.

Child Welfare Information Gateway           www.childwelfare.gov
A department of Health and Human Services which gives data on child welfare as well as covering laws related to abuse, prevention, foster care and permanency.

Child Welfare League of America           www.cwla.org
Dedicated to ensuring the safety, permanency and well being of child, youth and families by advancing public policy and promoting best practices.


Children’s Bureau           www.acf.hhs.gov
A department of Health and Human Services which supports services and productive partnership with states, tribes and communities to provide for children’s safety, permanency and well being.

Children’s Defense Fund           www.childrensdefense.org
A strong voice for children and families whose mission is to leave no child behind and ensure every child has a healthy start, a head start, a air start and a moral start in life and successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.

Children’s Rights           www.childrensrights.org
Studies the issues and develops and advocates at the state and federal levels for public policies that improve public child welfare systems.

Cornerstone for Kids           www.cornerstones4kids.org
To improve the lives and circumstances of vulnerable children. C4K’s work focuses on improving the organizations that provide vulnerable children with supports and services in order to improve outcomes for these children and their families.

Kids Voice           www.kidsvoice.org
A Pittsburgh organization that guides children through the court process and ensures that every agency involved meets the full range of abused/neglected children’s needs.

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence           www.nccev.org
This website provides a wealth of information for individuals interested in learning more about the effects of violence exposure on children and initiatives addressing these issues including literature and website resources.

Prevent Child Abuse America           www.preventchildabuse.org
This website provides a variety of documents on child abuse/neglect.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation           www.aecf.org
Fosters public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families. In pursuit of this goal, the Foundation makes grants that help states, cities, and neighborhoods fashion more innovative, cost-effective responses to these needs) also see www.casey.org (the resource library includes a multitude of valuable information on children in foster care, aging out, education, permanency, mental health, racial disproportionately, and more.

The Forum for Youth Investment           www.forumfyi.org
Helps communities make sure all young people are ready for college, work and life when they turn 21. It advocates for support and services for young people as well as providing information, technical assistance, training and partnership opportunities to increase youth investment and youth involvement.

The Mockingbird Society           www.mockingbirdsociety.org
Through advocacy, public education and system reform, this organization works toward universal recognition of children and adolescents involved in the child welfare system. It offers programs to foster system change on multiple levels and provide marginalized youth with new opportunities.
   
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services           www.hhs.gov
A government website with information on health, financial assistance, health insurance and safety for children and families. The website provides information on child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, drug abuse, alcoholism, teen violence and includes statistics regarding these topics.
   
   
LEGAL:
   
American Bar Association           www.abanet.org
Talks about laws and policies regarding children in the child welfare system and provides information on these children and the laws regarding them.

Juvenile Law Center           www.jlc.org
Juvenile Law Center uses legal advocacy, publications, projects, public education, and training, to ensure that the child welfare, juvenile justice, and other public systems provide vulnerable children with the protection and services they need to become productive adults.
   
National Association Counsel for Children           www.naccchildlaw.org
The NACC mission is to improve the lives of children and families by ensuring that legal proceedings produce justice by strengthening the delivery of legal services for children , enhance the quality of legal services affecting children, improve the courts and agencies serving children, and advance the rights and interests of children.
   

   
National Center for Youth Law           www.youthlaw.org
This organization works to ensure that low-income children have the resources, support and opportunities needed – with a focus on children who are additionally challenged by abuse and neglect, disability or other disadvantage.
   National Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges www.ncjfcj.org
The NCJFCJ works to ensure justice for every family and every child in every court throughout this country.

PALawHELP.org www.palawhelp.org
A website with information on a variety of legal issues including child dependency cases.
   
Pennsylvania Bar Association www.pabar.org
   
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, Inc.           www.splas.org
Washington County           724-225-6170               Greene County              724-627-3127
Fayette County                    724-439-3591               Somerset County         814-443-4615
   


Washington County Bar Association           www.washcobar.org
 724-225-6710
   

   
INDEPENDENT LIVING:
   
PA Youth Advisory Board           www.independentlivingpa.org 
(a wealth of information for youth involved in Independent Living Services)
   
   
SPECIAL NEEDS / MEDICAL:
   
Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders ABOARD           www.autism-support.org
 Provides educational, advocacy and support to parents and professionals on autism.
   
American Academy of Pediatric Committee on Early Childhood, Adoption and Dependent Care    www.aappolicy.aappublications.org
Discusses development issues important to young children in foster care.
   
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, CH.A.D.D.           www.chadd.org
Although there is information available to members only, there is still good information on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
   
Center for Children with Special Needs           www.cshcn.org
Resources focus on children who have chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions. Provides a Care Notebook to create a plan of care, find support and share experiences with others.
   
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities           www.nichcy.org
Information on children with disabilities and services to help them achieve – includes information on Early Intervention and Special Education.
Lost funding in 2014:  All material now available on
Center for Parent Information and Resources        www.parentcenterhub.org
National Association of Parents with Children in Special Education           www.napcse.org
Although this is basically a members only website for the majority of information, it does have a variety of information available for non members regarding issues in special education.
   
National Down Syndrome Society           www.ndss.org

Reactive Attachment Disorder           www.reactiveattachment-disorder.com 
Provides information for parents/adoptive parents of children with RAD.

The Arc           www.thearc.org
World’s largest community based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
   
United Cerebral Palsy           www.ucp.org
Provides information regarding children and youth with disabilities.
   
   
EDUCATION:
   
Educational Law Center           www.elc-pa.org
A non-profit legal advocacy and educational organization dedicated to ensuring that all of Pennsylvania’s children have access to a quality public education.
   
Disability Rights Network of Pennsylvania           www.drnpa.org
The mission of the DRNP is to advance, protect, and advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of Pennsylvanians with disabilities. The website includes helpful information on advocating for children with special needs in the classroom setting.
   
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)           www.fape.org
 A website designed to provide information to parents and advocates related to education rights for children with disabilities.
 
IDEA           www.idea.ed.gov
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – provides information for parents and others regarding advocating for educational needs for children with disabilities)
   
Pennsylvania Association of Intermediate Units           www.paiu.org
Part of Pennsylvania’s education system providing high quality, cost effective programs that benefit the students and staff of the Commonwealth’s 501 public school districts.
   
Pennsylvania Department of Education           www.pde.state.pa.us

Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network           www.pattan.net
Pattan is an innovation of the Pennsylvania Department of Education working in partnership with families and local education agencies to support programs and services to improve student learning and achievement.
   
Intermediate Unit 1           www.iu1.org
The public educational service agency that provides services to the schools and communities of Fayette, Greene and Washington Counties; covering Adult Basic Education, Alternative Education, Early Intervention, English as a Second Language, Instructional Support Services, Special Education and more.

    Washington County Literacy Council           www.washingtoncountyliteracycouncil.org
724-228-6188


ADOPTION:
   
Adopt PA Kids           www.adoptpakids.org
The PA agency that is part of the Department of Public Welfare which focus’s on connecting Pennsylvania’s adoption ready children with families.
   
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)           www.nacac.org
This organization helps parents and professionals understand federal and state adoption subsidy programs – eligible children with special needs may receive monthly maintenance payments, Medicaid, reimbursement of nonrecurring adoption expenses, and other social services.
   
3 Rivers Adoption           www.3riversadopt.org 
Three Rivers Adoption Council –TRAC- has served as Pennsylvania’s foremost resource for adoption information, referral services, support, and education. They continue to spread our mission of improving adoption opportunities for children awaiting permanency throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
   
Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption           www.davethomasfoundation.org
Information, how to adopt, resources, how to adopt, for parents, employer and adoption community.
   
The Collaboration to Adopt US Kids           www.adoptuskids.org
A national initiative to partner with States and Tribes to recruit foster and adoptive families for children in foster care.
   
   
FOR GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN:

AARP Grandparent Information Center           www.aarp.org/life/grandparents
 (provides tip sheets and public benefits information for grandparents raising grandchildren and has a national database of local support groups)
   
Children’s Defense Fund           www.childrensdefense.org
 (provides a variety of publications and resources on programs and legislation affecting children raised by relatives, including the comprehensive Kinship Care Resource Kit for Community and Faith-Based Organizations)
   
Generations United           www.gu.org
Runs the National Center on Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children to provide helpful information and resources or innovative programs, updates on state and federal legislation, legal options, housing and public benefits.
   
Penn State Cooperative Extension           http://extension.psu.edu
Information on programs, resources, and other support for Pennsylvania families with grandparents and other relative raising children from Penn State Cooperative Extension.
   
MENTAL HEALTH:
   
A Home Within          www.ahomewithin.org

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP)           www.aacap.org
   
American Academy of Pediatrics           www.aap.org
   
Child Trauma Academy           www.childtrauma.org
   
Comprehensive Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families           www.samhas.gov
   
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family Centered Practice        www.childwelfare.gov/topics/famcentered

National Institute of Mental Health           www.nimh.hih.gov/healthinformation/child-and-adolescent-mental-health
   
National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder          www.ptsd.va.gov

The Carter Center Mental Health Program           www.cartercenter.org/health/mental_health
   

   
   
   
DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE:
   
AL-ANON/ALATEEN           www.al-anon.alateen.org
   
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)           www.aa.org
   
Narconon           www.narconn.org
Although this is a website for their services, it also includes a wealth of information: facts about drugs, signs of drug abuse, drug withdrawals, drug rehab resources, drug rehab research and more.
   
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence           www.ncadd.org

Street Drugs           www.streetdrugs.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration           www.samhsa.gov
   

   
   
OTHER:
   
Megan’s Law Website          www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us
Find sex offenders in your area, learn more about Megan’s law and find links to a variety of other topics.
 
 
 
         
 
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