Academic journal article Child Welfare

From the Editor: From Trauma-Informed Care to a Critique of ASFA

Academic journal article Child Welfare

From the Editor: From Trauma-Informed Care to a Critique of ASFA

Article excerpt

This issue of Child Welfare highlights a range of topical areas in child welfare. In our first article, Beyerlein and Bloch explore the need for trauma-informed care within the foster care system. Noting that a lack in trauma-informed care within the child welfare system tends to create additional traumatic experiences that cannot go unaddressed, the authors remark that successful dissemination and research of these services needs to become a priority. The article educates all involved, including policymakers and funding sources, about this need by highlighting trauma prevalence rates and consequences for children in foster care, providing examples of what has been done so far, and calling out specific areas for improvement.

In our second article, author Navarro explores two of the central principles of the Differential Response paradigm: "family engagement" and "voluntary participation." Analysis of data from 76 Family Resource Centers across 14 California counties are consistent with the proposed theoretical model and highlight the need to consider voluntary participation in a prevention setting in a nuanced and non-linear fashion. Implications for practice and future research are also discussed.

Camasso and Jagannathan, in our third article, explore risk management in child protective services. Using what they call a "balanced scorecard approach," the authors propose a management style that, if implemented, could dramatically reform the way CPS conducts its daily operations.

Our next two articles explore kinship care. The first study, by Hammond, Graham, Hernandez, and Hinkson, focuses on kinship caregivers' evaluation of the benefit they received by participating in community-based kinship care support center programs. …

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