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. 86, No. 2, March/April

A Comparative Evaluation of Preservice Training of Kinship and Nonkinship Foster/Adoptive Families
In 2003, Idaho selected the Foster PRIDE/Adopt PRIDE preservice training and resource family development program. PRIDE participants (n = 228) completed a pre and posttest survey based on the PRIDE training competencies in 2004-2005. Results indicate...
Adoption Now: A Joint Initiative of New York's Courts and Child Welfare System
In November 2002, Chief Judge Judith Kaye attended the National Adoption Day festivities in Albany County and New York County (Manhattan). Although pleased that 600 adoptions were being finalized statewide on this special day, she was concerned to learn...
Assessing Lesbian and Gay Prospective Foster and Adoptive Families: A Focus on the Home Study Process
Foster care and adoption by gay men and lesbians is not a new phenomenon. Children and youth have always been placed by states and public agencies in homes with gay and lesbian parents. Some gay men and lesbians have fostered or adopted children independently...
Home Study Methods for Evaluating Prospective Resource Families: History, Current Challenges, and Promising Approaches
Every state requires a home study before the placement of foster children for adoption. This article examines the history of home studies, presents results from expert interviews on the changing processes and purposes of home studies, and explores current...
Introduction
The Child Welfare League of America is committed to ensuring that children and their families are provided with exceptional adoption services and that adoption workers have access to the best tools available. Adoption practice continues to become more...
Making MEPA-IEP Work: Tools for Professionals
The Multiethnic Placement Act of 1994 and the Interethnic Adoption Provisions of 1996 (MEPA-IEP) require states to develop plans that "provide for the diligent recruitment of potential foster and adoptive families that reflect the ethnic and racial diversity...
Sibling Kinnections: A Clinical Visitation Program
The growing literature on sibling relationships throughout their lifespans is of great importance to those working in the child welfare system, and in adoption services in particular. Sibling bonds are important to all of us, but they are particularly...
Strengthening Adoption Practice, Listening to Adoptive Families
In-depth interviews with 500 adoptive families who received postadoption services through Virginia's Adoptive Family Preservation (AFP) program paint a richly detailed picture of the challenges adoptive families face and what they need to sustain adoption...
Supporting Child Welfare Supervisors to Improve Worker Retention
Recent child welfare research has identified supervisors as key to retaining qualified and committed workers. This paper describes implementation of a federally funded child welfare training initiative designed to improve worker retention largely through...
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