Academic journal article Child Welfare

About This Special Issue

Academic journal article Child Welfare

About This Special Issue

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In 2013, the Child Welfare League of America published the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare (National Blueprint). The National Blueprint provides a vision for child welfare that "all children will grow up safely, in loving families and supportive communities." Fundamental to this vision is the belief that while the formal child welfare system is accountable for its specific role as it relates to children who are at risk of or have experienced abuse or neglect, it will take the combined efforts of families, communities, other child and family systems, and the public as a whole to fully actualize the vision. The National Blueprint is intended to challenge individuals, groups, communities, and providers, inside and outside of the formal child welfare system, to understand that they play an important role in advancing improved outcomes for children and families.

The National Blueprint also serves as the foundation for all of CWLA's work. It makes it clear that the needs of the children and families that come into contact with the formal child welfare system cannot be addressed by the child welfare system alone; the system must do its work by leveraging the knowledge and resources gained from families, communities, and other child and family serving systems. The core principles of the National Blueprint include Rights of Children; Shared Responsibility and Leadership; Engagement/ Participation; Supports and Services; Quality Improvement; Workforce; Race, Ethnicity, and Culture; and Funding and Resources. …

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