Knowledge Hub Selection Criteria




Knowledge Hub Participation Policy 

The Hub provides access to links to services and resources that support child welfare and mental health professionals and systems and youth, and families impacted by both systems. The Hub lists resources from Federal, State, and local government websites, non-profit organizations, and educational institutions. 



The resources contained in the Knowledge Hub must support the National Center’s mission of supporting States, Tribes, and territories (STTs) in building bridges between child welfare systems and state mental health systems, which is key to bringing about systemic change to improve the mental health outcomes for children in care and adoptive and guardianship homes.  



External links are intended to support the National Center’s mission. Links to .org, .gov, .edu, or other nonprofit sites that provide information related to our mission are encouraged because of their general noncommercial, public-interest nature. Sites from the following sources are included: 

  • Federal, State, and local government agencies 

  • Organizations funded by the Children’s Bureau through grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts 

  • Child welfare and mental health-related national organizations, associations, and nonprofit organizations 

  • Family-run organizations  


The National Center Editorial Committee evaluates all suggested links using the following criteria for inclusion on The National Center website: 

  • Does the information on the website support The National Center’s mission and values? (See The National Center website for more information.) 

  • Does the website complement existing information, products, and services on the Knowledge Hub? 

  • Is the website user-friendly and applicable to a wide audience? 

  • Does this content address how services might affect families who often experience disparate outcomes? (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, LGBTQ2S+)     

  • Does this content address the impacts of racism on underserved minority groups represented in adoption/foster care?  

  • Does this content specifically address how users should and can consider cultural responsiveness and linguistic accessibility for families? 

  • Is the website’s content relevant, useful, and authoritative for our target audience? 

  • Does the website’s information appear to be accurate and current (i.e., published within the last 5 years)? Seminal works that are older than 5 years can be included if they are deemed important and relevant. 

  • Is the resource available to the public free of charge? 

  • Is the website or publication a U.S.-based resource?  


Disclaimer of endorsement 

The information posted on this website includes hypertext links to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. The National Center provides these links solely for our users’ information and convenience. When users select a link to an outside website, they are leaving The National Center website and are subject to the privacy, accessibility (section 508 compliance), and security policies of the owners or sponsors of the third-party website. 

The National Center does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of information contained on a linked website. 

The National Center does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites, and we do not endorse the views they express or the products or services they offer. Links to external websites and pages may be removed or replaced at the sole discretion of The National Center at any time without notice 




The National Center will not link to the following: 

  • Websites or resources that exhibit hate, bias, or discrimination 

  • Websites or resources that are primarily commercial in nature (i.e., advertising a product, charging a fee to access resources, or soliciting user information) 

  • Websites that are deemed to be misleading, contain unsubstantiated claims, or are determined to conflict with The National Center’s mission