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. 73, No. 5, September

Adoption Research: Building Blocks for the Next Decade
Adoption research has had a long and impressive history within child welfare, but has lost vigor and rigor in recent years. We continue to fall short of meeting Mech's [1965: 7] 30-year-old challenge to broaden the research base of adoption practice:...
A Foster Care Research Agenda for the '90S
In a recent review of the nation's foster care system, the General Accounting Office found that the population in out-of-home care grew from 276,000 in 1985 to 429,000 in 1991, or 55% in six short years. Other observers, like the Children's Defense Fund,...
A Reorientation to Knowledge Development in Family Preservation Services: A Proposal
In response to deteriorating conditions for many American children [Children's Defense Fund 1992], to increases in the number of children in out-of-home placement [U. S. House of Representatives Select Committee on Children, Youth, and Families 1990],...
Child Protective Services: Research for the Future
Before one can think about future directions in child protective services (CPS) research it is first necessary to understand the legal basis for these services and how they have developed over the years. The legal basis of CPS defines the cases in which...
Family Reunification: Research Findings, Issues, and Directions
Reuniting children in out-of-home care with their families has long been a primary goal of public and private child welfare services, and more recently a fundamental component of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980 (P.L. 96-272), as...
Foster Youths in Transition: Research Perspectives on Preparation for Independent Living
Human development theory suggests the existence of a series of important transitional periods in the life cycle. A transitional period is defined as a "boundary zone between two more or less defined or structured periods of life" [Egan and Cowan 1980]....
Is Child Maltreatment a Leading Cause of Delinquency?
Although researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have been searching for the causes of delinquency for generations, relatively little progress has been made. Far too little money has been invested by federal and state governments and private foundations...
Kinship Care: Suggestions for Future Research
The number of children in out-of-home placements is increasing exponentially. In 1992, 243,000 children were in one of several forms of out-of-home care; by 1992 this figure had grown to 429,000, and it is expected to exceed 840,000 by 1995 [National...
New Challenges and Opportunities in Child Welfare Outcomes and Information Technologies
For many years, legislators, policymakers, administrators, practitioners, and researchers have decried the dearth of information about case outcomes in the child welfare services system. In spite of such concern, as well as efforts to correct this problem...
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: Programmatic Interventions
Underlying the crisis in child welfare services are various causes that include, among others, insufficient resources, poor management, and inappropriate and inadequate staff training and supervision. The plethora of programmatic ideas to improve the...
Research Priorities for Residential Group Child Care
Perhaps as no other sector of child welfare service, group child care is more often than not seen as the problem and not the solution. Whether it deserves the label "pariah care" offered by one of its most ardent and articulate defenders, the late Morris...
Risk Assessment as a Practice Method in Child Protective Services
Child welfare agencies have been overwhelmed in recent years by a significant increase in child abuse and neglect referrals. In 1987, the American Humane Association estimated an increase in referrals of 180% during the ten-year period from 1976 to 1986...
Societal Interventions to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse and neglect can be prevented and the welfare of children promoted by activities and initiatives aimed at communities, states, countries, and even the international community. These societal level prevention efforts are key components in a...
The Health Care Needs of Children in Foster Care: A Research Agenda
Most children enter out-of-home care in a poor state of health. For many, placement in a stable environment with competent foster caregivers can be a positive, nurturing, and healing experience. Over time, the children may show significant improvements...
Treatment Foster Care Services: A Research Agenda for Child Welfare
Treatment foster care is a recent and rapidly expanding alternative child welfare and child mental health service for meeting the needs of children and adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disturbances and their families. Treatment foster...
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