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. 78, No. 5, September/October

Achieving Excellence in Special Needs Adoption
With the unveiling of President Clinton's Adoption 2002 Initiative in 1996 and the enactment of the Adoption and Safe Families Act in 1997 by Congress, increased attention has focused on adoption as a service for children in out-of-home care who cannot...
Adopting Children with Attachment Problems
This article describes children with significant attachment problems and summarizes the actions needed to increase the probability that such children can be successfully adopted. Healthy and disordered attachment patterns are detailed, as well as the...
Experiences, Concerns, and Service Needs of Families Adopting Children with Prenatal Substance Exposure: Summary and Recommendations
Parents who adopted children from out-of-home care with prenatal substance exposure were interviewed four months after the child's placement in the home, and again after the first year regarding their experience with adoption and their concerns about...
Hope for the Children: A Community-Based Approach to Supporting Families Who Adopt Children with Special Needs
This study explored the need for and use of support by preadoptive families of children with special needs in the Hope for the Children program. The families live in a community alongside other foster and adoptive parents, senior citizen volunteers,...
Identifying Obstacles to Adoption in New York State's Out-of-Home Care System
An in-depth case study of the out-of-home care histories of 77 children who have been waiting the longest in the New York State child welfare system for adoptive placement (as of August 1998) sought to identify obstacles to the adoptive placement of...
Openness: A Critical Component of Special Needs Adoption
Openness in adoption is both a philosophical concept and a description of relationships. Regardless of the age of the adoptee or the circumstances of the adoption, the goal of openness is to minimize loss and to maintain connections. This article presents...
Recruiting Mexican American Adoptive Parents
This study of 591 Mexican Americans evaluated various strategies for recruiting prospective Mexican American adoptive parents. Approximately one-third of the sample reported an interest in adoption but many perceived both structural and cultural obstacles...
Resilience in Maltreated Children: Implications for Special Needs Adoption
Children in the child welfare system face renewed issues of loss as they enter adoptive placements. Every move is a loss and an exercise for the child in establishing the perception of a "safe" environment. Resilient children who have been abused develop...
Skin Color in Transracial and Inracial Adoptive Placements: Implications for Special Needs Adoptions
This article examines the historical, social, and political factors associated with skin color dynamics in American society and provides excerpts from interviews about this topic with African American adults who were adopted either transracially or inracially....
The Role of Birth/previously Adopted Children in Families Choosing to Adopt Children with Special Needs
Engaging birth/previously adopted children during the adoption process is crucial to laying the groundwork for successful placements. When families choose to adopt children with special needs, however, the role their other children will play in the adoption's...
Using System Change to Increase and Improve Adoptions: The SWAN Model
Pennsylvania's Statewide Adoption Network (SWAN), initiated seven years ago, makes use of multiple programs, projects, and strategies to increase the number and improve the quality of adoptions of children with special needs in the custody of public...