Web Sites 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.dhhs.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’s 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)

Best Interests: A Website for Children’s Advocates www.childadvocacy.com (includes a huge selection of books dealing with abused/neglected children and the issues these children encounter – includes books on CASA)

Child Abuse Prevention Network www.child-abuse.com (covers a wide variety of child abuse topics)

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.)

Child Help USA www.childhelpusa.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.)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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.)

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 disproportionally, 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 Council of Juvenile & Family Court Judges www.ncjfcj.org

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)

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

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

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.aboard.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)

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)

Washington County Literacy Council www.k4literacy.org 724-228-6188

Pennsylvania Department of Education www.pde.state.pa.us

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 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.)

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.davethomasfoundationforadoption.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.or/childwelfare/kinship-care/default.aspx (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/projg&o.asp (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/kinship/ (Information on programs, resources, and other support for Pennsylvania families with grandparents and other relative raising children from Penn State Cooperative Extension)

MENTAL HEALTH

National Institute of Mental Health www.nimh.hih.gov/healthinformation/childmenu.cfm

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) www.aacap.org

American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org

A Home Within www.ahomewithin.org

Comprehensive Mental Health Services Program for Children and their Families www.mentalhealth.samhas.gov/cmhs/childrenscampaign/ccmhs.asp

National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family Centered Practice www.cwresource.org

The Carter Center Mental Health Program www.cartercenter.org/healthprograms/program6.htm

National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder www.ncptsd.va.gov

Child Trauma Academy www.childtrauma.org

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE

AL-ANON/ALATEEN www.al-anon.alateen.org

Alcoholics Anonymous www.aa.org

Narconon www.addictionca.com (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 Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information www.ncadi.samhsa.gov

Pharmacy Technicion.net www.pharmacy-technition.net/prescription-abuse ( talks about prescription drug use with links to information about a variety of topics including a link to treatment facilities)

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

Street Drugs www.streetdrugs.org

OTHER

Megan’s Law Websitewww.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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