Areas of Expertise
The child welfare system provides services designed to promote the well-being of children by ensuring safety, achieving permanency, and strengthening families to successfully care for their children. AIR provides training and technical assistance to promote cross-system collaboration and improve the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families involved in the child welfare system. AIR also conducts research on national trends in the child welfare system and develops publications that support and empower families in navigating the complex child welfare system.
Recent events such as those in Oklahoma, Boston, and Texas can leave people—especially children—feeling sad, angry, out of control, overwhelmed, and unsafe. Though recovering may take time, it is possible, especially with support from family, friends, and significant others. In 2006, the National Center on Family Homelessness developed a resource, Understanding Traumatic Stress in Children, to help.
This document describes the common goals and shared values between systems of care and child welfare, explains why child welfare should be involved in systems of care, and lists the benefits to child welfare from participating as part of a system of care.
Evaluation of Policies, Procedures, and Practices Affecting the Education of Children Residing in Group Homes
The purpose of this project was to conduct a study of the education received by youth residing in licensed children's institutions (group homes) throughout California.
Healing Hearts, Promoting Health (HHPH) is an intensive pilot project that addresses the trauma and related nutrition, health, and wellness issues of recently displaced families and children, with particular focus on Haitian earthquake evacuees in Southern Florida.
PEACH is an innovative curriculum that teaches young children about good nutrition, physical activity, and how to deal with the stress of being homeless.
Partners United for Supportive Housing Cedar Rapids will work to retain family unity, provide stable housing, and improve family functioning and well-being for children who are in, or at-risk of entering, the child welfare system.