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Center of Human Development and Disability/Clinical Training Unit
The Clinical Training Unit at UCDD the assessment and treatment of children with or at risk for developmental disabilities, using a family-centered, community-based, culturally competent approach.

Informing Families
Families and advocacy partners work together to communicate developmental disabilities issues in Washington State.

Team Child
TeamChild upholds the legal rights of youth to ensure that they have opportunities to succeed.

Mockingbird Society
Mockingbird Society works to improve foster care and end youth homelessness. The Mockingbird Youth Network is a powerful statewide coalition of young people affected by foster care. Mockingbird engages youth in developing leadership and advocacy skills.

Children’s Alliance
The Children’s Alliance is a statewide child advocacy organization. Their mission is to improve the well being of children in Washington by effecting positive changes in public policies, priorities, and programs.

Adverse Childhood Experiences
This study offers insight into the definition, frequency, presence, and the effects of adverse childhood experiences on adult health and well being.

Child Welfare Information Gateway
Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. A service of the Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Organizational Research Services
Organizational Research Services (ORS) is a nationally recognized leader in outcome-based planning and evaluation. Since it was founded in 1989 by Jane Reisman Ph.D., ORS has accumulated extensive experience in the design and implementation of practical and effective evaluations for program improvement and accountability. ORS work includes evaluations of programs ranging from nonprofit health and human service organizations to state and local government agencies to major funding bodies such as the United Way. Using empowerment evaluation strategies, ORS has helped many agencies conduct evaluations of programs and initiatives.

Promising Practices Network
The Promising Practices Network (PPN) web site highlights programs and practices that credible research indicates are effective in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The information offered is organized around three major areas: Proven and Promising Programs, Research in Brief, and Strengthening Service Delivery

RAND Corporation: Child Policy
The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit research organization that conducts research and provides analysis to address challenges that face the United States and the world. RAND Child Policy serves as a gateway to RAND research on children’s issues from prenatal to age 18, and provides easy access to objective information that will help improve policy and decision-making. RAND research on child policy is conducted by multiple research divisions, and draws upon the expertise of over 140 researchers and consultants.

Search Institute
Beyond the list of the 40 Developmental Assets and the Search Institute’s technical terminology, this webpage outlines ways to help children and youth increase positive experiences and qualities that have the power during critical adolescent years to influence choices young people make and help them become caring, responsible adults.