Over the past two decades, Israel has made great efforts to improve the service system for children and youth at risk, with emphases on community-based services, systematic data-based planning, and inter-ministerial and inter-agency collaboration.
Throughout this period, MJB’s Children’s Team has influenced the national agenda through studies of the needs of children and youth at risk, and the service system designed to address them.
In 2021, the Children's Team will continue to assist policymakers and service developers in addressing the increased risk situations for children resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic by undertaking international reviews describing what is being done in other countries, providing consultation to government ministries, participating in round table discussions and providing ad-hoc rapid response services such as surveys and focus groups.
The overarching objective of the learning process was to provide policymakers with information to help them formulate a comprehensive plan to enhance the inclusion and integration of all children in preschools and promote their development towards the transition to the elementary school system.
The objective of the study was to compare kinship and non-kinship foster care in two population groups (Jews and Arabs) regarding the following issues: the functioning and needs characteristics of the foster families and of the 6-13-year-old children in their care; the services provided to the foster families and the degree of satisfaction of the foster caregivers with these services; and the characteristics of the birth families and the nature of their relationship with the children and foster families. This comparison is designed to provide policymakers with information that will help them develop policies, allocate resources, and improve practices for enhancing foster care arrangements across the two population groups and foster care types in order to ensure optimal outcomes for the children and families.
The goals of the study were: To present an up-to-date picture of the phenomenon of school dropout in the Bedouin population in the Negev and its scope; To examine the needs, barriers, and challenges in coping with the phenomenon of school dropout, as perceived by officials, key entities, and leading professionals from the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs, and the Bedouin local authorities in the Negev who deal with the issue of school dropout; To develop strategies to deal with the phenomenon of school dropout in the Bedouin population in the Negev.
The goals of the study were: To examine and provide an in-depth account of three community-based service centers for children and youth with mental health difficulties that were included in the inter-ministerial pilot program led by the Ministry of Welfare and Social Affairs; To propose potential directions for action for the improvement of the three community-based service centers, in particular, and for the development of a system of community-based services for children and youth with mental health difficulties, in general.