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Resources and Tools

Providing resources and tools that support the provision of quality services and the rights of girls and young women

One of the ongoing challenges is the availability of information about girls and young women at the margin. We are a resource for that information which we make available to the Crittenton family of agencies and others.


Articles released by TNCF and those developed and released in collaboration with key strategic partners:

  • BRIEF: Beyond ACEs, 2016 opens new site in new browser window — The National Crittenton Foundation highlights topline findings of the 2014-2015 administration of the ACE survey at 18 Crittenton agencies in 16 states. This second administration of the ACE survey included additional demographic information, which includes outcomes data and the pilot use of well-being questions. Well-being questions were added in the domains of connection, stress and coping to provide information that would enable for better understanding of the connections between ACEs and well-being.
  • WEBINAR: Beyond ACEs, 2016   opens new site in new browser window — The National Crittenton Foundation highlights topline findings of the 2014 administration of the ACE survey at 18 Crittenton agencies in 16 states. The webinar covers the use of well-being questions, piloted by seven of the participating Crittenton agencies, in domains of connection, coping and stress. The webinar also includes an active orientation to the ACEs Toolkit for Providers. Webinar sponsored by ASCEND at the Aspen Institute.
  • The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Toolkit for Providers, 2015  opens new site in new browser window — The National Crittenton Foundation, in partnership with ASCEND at the Aspen Institute, developed the ACE toolkit based on the implementation of the ACE survey with participating members of the Crittenton family of agencies. The toolkit includes resources to assist providers who are interested in using the ACE survey to promote healing for individuals impacted by childhood trauma, educate the community about the impact of childhood adversity, and promote two-generation policies designed to prevent ACEs for future generations.
  • Gender Injustice: System-Level Juvenile Justice Reforms for Girls, 2015  opens new site in new browser window — Created to facilitate developmental juvenile justice system reform for girls, this report: maps girls’ current paths into and through the juvenile justice system; describes the social contexts driving girls’ behavior and involvement in the juvenile justice system; and details recommendations for an alternative, developmental approach to redesign juvenile justice systems to address harmful social contexts and girls’ resulting behaviors, rather than penalize and punish girls for challenges beyond their control. Written by Francine T. Sherman & Annie Balck in partnership with The National Crittenton Foundation and National Women’s Law Center.
  • The Circles Story, 2015  opens new site in new browser window — This book written by, Scott C. Miller, Founder and CEO of Circles USA describes how Circles® can help your community find new ways to resolve poverty and thrive. Includes stories of personal transformation as told by families volunteers, donors, community leaders, staff members and researchers. Forward written by Jeannette Pai-Espinosa. Proceeds from the sale of The Circles Story are used for scholarships for Circles members to attend national and regional Circles conferences.
  • Blueprint – A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Sex Trafficking of Girls, 2014 downloads file — This report grows out of Critical Connections: A Multi-Systems Approach to the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Girls, a conference held on March 12, 2013, that was hosted by Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality; the Human Rights Project for Girls; and The National Crittenton Foundation. The conference, “gathered survivors, direct service providers, advocates, and state and federal government officials to discuss the challenges of addressing the domestic sex trafficking of children, and the importance of working collaboratively to help identify and support survivors. The first half of this report identifies the core components of a comprehensive and collaborative approach to the domestic sex trafficking of girls. The second half of this report describes how three jurisdictions have created a multidisciplinary response to the sex trafficking of children, each from a different system perspective.
  • Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law & Policy Marginalized Girls: Pathways to Opportunity 2013  opens new site in new browser window — A two-year policy series launched by The Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, The National Crittenton Foundation, and The Human Rights Project for Girls and sponsored by The Anne E. Casey Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and  Open Society Foundation’s Special Fund for the Alleviation of Poverty. The Georgetown Journal chose to highlight this policy series in their symposium issue because of the vital light it shines on a population that is all too invisible in most policy debates: low income girls involved in our public systems and facing unique challenges.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Summary on Girls in Juvenile Justice, 2013 downloads file — Crittenton agencies from 18 states participated in the pilot use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences survey, including: Arizona, California (Southern), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. This brief focuses on the findings gleaned through this pilot, specifically for girls and young women involved with the juvenile justice system in their states, with a comparison to the CDC study population, and all young women involved with Crittenton.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Summary on Girls and Boys in Residential Programs, 2013 downloads file — Crittenton agencies from 18 states participated in the pilot use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences survey, including: Arizona, California (Southern), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. This brief focuses on the findings gleaned through this pilot, specifically for girls and boys involved with the child welfare system in their states, with a comparison to the CDC study population, and all girls and boys involved with Crittenton.
  • Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls, 2012  downloads fileImproving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States examines the challenges facing girls in the juvenile justice system and makes recommendations for gender-responsive reform at the local, state, and federal levels. This report emerged from the policy series—Marginalized Girls: Creating Pathways to Opportunity—convened by the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality, The National Crittenton Foundation, and the Human Rights Project for Girls. The series focuses on improving public systems’ responses to the challenges facing marginalized girls and young women.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Results on Young Moms, 2012 downloads file — Crittenton agencies from 18 states participated in the pilot use of the Adverse Childhood Experiences survey, including: Arizona, California (Southern), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and West Virginia. This brief focuses on the findings gleaned through this pilot, specifically for young mothers, with a comparison to the CDC study population, and all young women involved with Crittenton.
  • Supporting Young Women Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Long-Term Solutions to an Age-Old Problem, 2012 downloads file — In 2011-2012, commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) in the United States, including domestic trafficking, was increasingly becoming an issue that warranted urgent response. For more than 129 years, Crittenton agencies have supported survivors of trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation in reclaiming their lives and their futures. Often asked about the services provided, observations and thoughts on CSEC, Supporting Young Women Survivors of Commercial Sexual Exploitation: Long-Term Solutions to an Age-Old Problem is a compilation of ideas, thoughts and practices based on the experiences of Crittenton agencies.
  • Proceedings from Mother/Baby Convening, 2011 downloads file— Young women, national and state advocates, provider agency executives, researchers, foundation representatives, and Capitol Hill staff members, met in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2011, to begin a national dialogue about the experiences of young mothers in foster care. The National Crittenton Foundation convened the meeting to provide an opportunity for a diverse array of people and organizations to hear directly from young mothers in foster care about their experiences, and their suggestions for making foster care more effective for them and their children. This document highlights the day’s activities, key discussion points, and presents policy recommendations for addressing the needs of young mothers in foster care.
  • Rights & Resources Guide, 2008 downloads file — This national handbook was designed for young women who are pregnant and in foster care. It includes information on the custody and placements rights of mothers, reasons for termination of parental rights, and resources. The handbook is accompanied by state-by state information and other resources.

See below for news articles and commentary highlighting the needs and potential of girls and young women living at the margin of the American dream, examined through the work of The National Crittenton Foundation and the Crittenton family of agencies.