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Featured Publications

Latest edition of CYFC Monthly: Q&A with the Author of 'Bridging the Relationship Gap'.

New Children's Mental Health eReview on parenting stress and how professionals can respond to support families: Parents and Stress

New collaborative report on data sharing from researchers, practitioners and policymakers across Illinois, Minnesota, and North Carolina: Get the Data, Share the Data, Use the Data

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Promoting Children's Health and Wellbeing

Children in Common: Ensuring the Emotional Wellbeing of Children When Parenting Apart (4.7 MB PDF) — Research and practice summary of coparenting to promote child wellbeing.

Benefits of Nature to Children's Mental Health Maintenance (269 K PDF) — Research summary on the benefits of nature spaces for children’s mental wellbeing.

Healthy Bodies, Minds and Learners Blog — Updates from the partnership with Bruce Vento Elementary school on creating environments to build healthy bodies, healthy minds and healthy learners.

Social Emotional Learning: Implications for Enhancing Children’s Mental Health — Issue brief on social emotional learning as important component of enhancing mental health in children.

Pressing Topics

Trauma and Stress

Parents and Stress: Understanding Experiences, Context and Responses (1.9 MB PDF)

How trauma 'gets under the skin': Biological and cognitive processes of child maltreatment (1.3 MB PDF)

The Impact of Trauma on Infants (2.3 MB PDF)

What is Trauma and Why is it Important? (1 MB PDF)

Risk and Resilience in Homeless Children (1.1 MB PDF)

Attachment Relationships and Adoption Outcomes (1.7 MB PDF)

Parental Incarceration

Children with Incarcerated Parents: Considering Children’s Outcomes in the Context of Complex Family Experiences (5 MB PDF)

Children’s Book Review — Parental Incarceration — List of children’s books that address the topic of parental incarceration.

Views on Visitation (541 K PDF) — Summary report on discussion of promoting family-friendly visitation practices in prisons and jails.

Historical Trauma and Cultural Healing

Historical Trauma and Microaggressions: A Framework for Culturally-Based Practice (885 K PDF)

Historical Trauma Book List (290 K PDF) — Book list of relevant texts that explore the complexities of historical trauma from a variety of diverse perspectives.

Historical Trauma Research Article List (541 K PDF) — Research articles that examine historical trauma and cultural healing.

Child Welfare and Education

Creating Trauma-Informed Systems of Child Welfare (1.2 MB PDF)

Get the Data, Share the Data, Use the Data: Recommendations from the 3-state Child Welfare and Education Learning Community — Report on importance of data gathering, sharing and use between child welfare and education systems from three state collaboration.

Collaboration Across Minnesota Child Welfare and Education Systems: Statewide Survey Findings — Survey results report on collaboration across child welfare and education systems in Minnesota.

Other Staff Publications

Pinterest for Parent Education — Brianna Routh, Sara Langworthy, and Hannah Jastram, Journal of Extension

Is Youth Homelessness a Hopeless Problem? — Sara Langworthy, Youth Development Insights Guest Blog

Social-Emotional Learning and Children’s Mental Health — Cari Michaels, Youth Development Insights Guest Blog

Start Seeing Youth with Incarcerated Parents — Sara Langworthy, Youth Development Insights Guest Blog

Past Publications

Consortium Connections — CYFC's former digest publication.

Evidence-Informed Policymaking: Increasing Outcomes and Accountability for Children, Youth and Families (27 MB PDF) — Briefing report on the 2010 Minnesota Family Impact Seminar.

Policy Issues in Special Education Finance (5.7 MB PDF) — Briefing report on the 2009 Minnesota Family Impact Seminar.

Options for a Responsive & Accountable Early Childhood System in MN (1.2 MB PDF) — Briefing report on the 2008 Minnesota Family Impact Seminar.

President's Initiative on Children, Youth and Families (1.5 MB PDF) — The Final Report of the President's Initiative that was managed by the Children, Youth & Family Consortium.

Savvy Use of Research: Tips for Policy Makers (716 K PDF) — Being an informed consumer of research and determining when research findings are questionable and when they can be trusted is important for good policy-making.

Survey of Social/Emotional Supports and Services in Minnesota Schools (1 MB PDF) — The purpose of this study and appendix (1.9 MB PDF) to empirically examine the social/emotional supports and services provided in Minnesota schools.

The Interaction of Education and Health Disparities — (excerpted from Consortium Connections Fall, 2009). Learn about the complex interplay between education and health at the core of CYFC's work.

Related Resources

CYFC’s Educational Videos — Find research and practice-based content on trauma-sensitive practices, children’s mental health, and community partnerships.

Live Healthy, Live Well — Resources to empower individuals and strengthen families.

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