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. 85, No. 5, September/October

Building a Professional Development System: A Case Study of North Carolina's Parenting Education Experiences
Designing a professional development system for parent educators requires weaving together multiple pieces from within the network of organizations providing parenting education. North Carolina examined how to build a system using the influence of evidence-based...
Closer to Home: Parent Mentors in Child Welfare
This article addresses the emerging use of parent mentors -parents who have successfully negotiated the child welfare system and provide support and advocacy to others. The theoretical justification, roles, and expected outcomes and benefits of parent...
Competencies of a Parent Educator: What Does a Parent Educator Need to Know and Do?
This article examines efforts by organizations and states to describe the competencies of a parent educator, to explain what parent educators teach parents through parent education, and to show how that informs parent educator competencies. It summarizes...
Future Challenges for Parenting Education and Support
The authors of this special edition of Child Welfare have shared current shifts in perspective about parenting and parenting education that are raising some interesting challenges. We will first briefly review the shifts identified in the articles presented...
Parenting: A Relationship-Oriented and Competency-Based Process
Parents have a complex task of guiding a specific child to maturity by using the opportunities offered by the environment, while avoiding its detrimental aspects. This article develops a theory of the parenting process that describes components of the...
Parents and Their Young Adult Children: Transitions to Adulthood
This paper considers how parents are affected by and play a role in the lives of their young adult children. The years during which young people make the transition to adulthood has changed significantly in recent years-this transition now takes place...
Parents as Developing Adult Learners
Drawing largely on the literature from adult learning and development, this article presents parents as continuous learners whose critical reflections on their experiences with parenting can be rich fodder for their growth and development. Theories and...
Thinking Critically about the Internet: Suggestions for Practitioners
Parents have a long history of seeking child-rearing information in the popular media. This trend continues on the World Wide Web, with the number of parents online still on the rise. The Web offers speed, 24-hour access, and extremely large quantities...
Thinking Mindfully about Parenting and Parenting Education
This volume is dedicated to advances in the theory, research, and practice of parenting education and support, and it reflects CWLA's and the National Parenting Education Network's focus on improving the lives of children by supporting the parents and...
Trends in Popular Parenting Books and the Need for Parental Critical Thinking
Parents continually struggle to find better ways to make decisions regarding their children, and many use popular parenting books. The purpose of this article is to discuss the critical thinking skills needed by parents and practitioners who work with...
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