Congregate Care and Child Development
Issues around congregate care are complex, as is the literature the might inform them. In this document Nancy Rosenau, Ph.D. provides relevant and informative materials on what matters most - to better support children with disabilities and their families.
In this TASH Connections article, Nancy Rosenau, Ph.D. dissects and dispels the myth that "Some People really need to live in institutions."
Policy Research Brief on Permanency Planning for children with Developmental Disabilities
Literature review on the use of residential Congregate Care by children with Developmental Disabilities
Ordinary Lives, Extraordinary Needs: Assuring Family Life for Children with Complex Health Care Needs
This report was prepared for the Every Child Deserves a Home Coalition, a coalition formed in 2004 in Pennsylvania to "ensure that all children with complex health care needs and other disabilities have the opportunity to grow up in a loving, lasting family."
Child Welfare System
Achieving the Least Restrictive Setting in the Child Welfare System: What Disability Rights Advocates Need to Know
Both federal child welfare law and disability anti-discrimination statutes require that a child who has been removed from her home be placed in the least restrictive placement that meets her needs, yet children with disabilities continue to be disproportionately placed in congregate care settings. This recorded webinar provides participants with a better understanding of the federal requirements of the “least restrictive most family like setting” in child welfare law as well as practical information about how to make that happen for youth with disabilities in their systems. We provide an overview of alternatives to institutional care, including advocacy strategies for promoting family-based placements.
Congregate Care in Pennsylvania
In 2012, the PEAL Center partnered with Nancy Rosenau, national expert on family-based alternatives to congregate care and Executive Director of Everychild, Inc. Texas to write the three Imagine Different...Achieve Different Workbooks. These were the foundation for the development of the Imagine Different Coalition.
Review of public records of children with disabilities living in congregate care in PA written by Liz Healey.