Child Welfare

Child Welfare is a professional trade journal published bimonthly by the Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Arlington, Va. Founded in 1921, the journal provides policy, practice, and program information to professionals who work in the child welfare industry.

Articles from Vol. 89, No. 2, 2010

Academic and Behavioral Characteristics of Students at a Secondary Residential School
This study examined academic and behavioral characteristics of 423 adolescents who had attended a residential school over a seven-year period. Students represented diverse demographic backgrounds. Student academic achievement was examined at admissions...
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A Social Pedagogy Approach to Residential Care: Balancing Education and Placement in the Development of an Innovative Child Welfare Residential Program in Ontario, Canada
This paper chronicles the exploration and development of a residential program of the child welfare authority of Renfrew County in Ontario, Canada. Recognizing that virtually its entire population of youth in care was failing to achieve positive outcomes...
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Children and Residential Experiences: A Comprehensive Strategy for Implementing a Research- Informed Program Model for Residential Care
This paper describes an effort to bridge research and practice in residential care through implementing a program model titled Children and Residential Experiences (CARE). The strategy involves consulting at all levels of the organization to guide personnel...
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Commentary on Residential Group Care
Priorities in Child WelfareCurrent federal legislation identifies three goals for the child welfare system: safety, permanence, and family and child well-being. Unfortunately, child well-being becomes subordinate to the more easily achievable and measurable...
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Comparing Three Years of Well-Being Outcomes for Youth in Group Care and Nonkinship Foster Care
Using three waves of data from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being, this study examines differences in cognitive, academic, and affective well-being of youth first placed in nonkinship foster care (N = 259) and youth first placed in...
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From the Editor
In the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana, where I live and work most of the year, I smile every time I walk down Ursulines Avenue past an imposing gray building. There, still standing after 283 years on the corner of Ursulines and Chartres is...
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Innovations in Implementation of Trauma-Informed Care Practices in Youth Residential Treatment: A Curriculum for Organizational Change
Children in the child welfare system frequently experience trauma within the caregiving relationship. These traumatic experiences may be compounded by system trauma and place these children at high risk of emotional disorders and placement in out-of-home...
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Introduction
In the United States and other countries, residential care services for children grew out of the 19th-century orphanage movement. Often provided on large residential care campuses, these services were designed to provide safety, care, and supervision...
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Lessons Learned from 14 Years of Outcomes: The Need for Collaboration, Utilization, and Projection
In 1995, the Indiana Association of Residential Child Care Agencies (IARCCA), an association of children and family services, responded to a request to demonstrate effectiveness of residential care. The organization developed a vision for evaluating...
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Modernizing Residential Treatment Centers for Children and Youth-An Informed Approach to Improve Long-Term Outcomes: The Damar Pilot
Much controversy exists regarding the effectiveness of residential treatment. Recently, emerging research has demonstrated that community-based residential treatment has more positive long-term outcomes for youth. This article describes a community-based...
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National Child and Youth Care Practitioner Professional Certification: Promoting Competent Care for Children and Youth
This article provides an overview of the history, development, and conceptual framework guiding a national certification initiative for child and youth care workers. Summarized are descriptions of three certification assessment measures (supervisor assessment,...
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Performance-Based Contracting in Residential Care and Treatment: Driving Policy and Practice Change through Public-Private Partnership in Illinois
The National Quality Improvement Center on the Privatization of Child Welfare Services selected Illinois as a demonstration site in 2007 to evaluate performance-based contracting in residential treatment services. This article discusses the first two...
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Psychotropic Medication Management in a Residential Group Care Program
This article presents a psychotropic medication management approach that is used within a residential care program. The approach is used to assess medications at youths' times of entry and to facilitate decision making during care. Data from a typical...
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Restraint Use in Residential Programs: Why Are Best Practices Ignored?
Several states and providers have embarked on initiatives to reduce using restraint and seclusion in residential programs. Restraint and seclusion are associated with harm to youth and staff, significant costs, reduced quality of care, and less engagement...
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The Building Bridges Initiative: Residential and Community-Based Providers, Families, and Youth Coming Together to Improve Outcomes
The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) provides a framework for achieving positive outcomes for youth and families served in residential and community programs. Founded on core principles, an emerging evidence base, and acknowledged best practices, the...
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Young People's Satisfaction with Residential Care: Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses in Service Delivery
This paper presents findings from a landmark Australian study investigating the experiences and perspectives of young people in residential care. Data from a representative sample are analyzed to identify young people's satisfaction with various aspects...
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