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. 3, May/June

Behavioral Health Service Use and Costs among Children in Foster Care
This article compares behavioral health service use and cost for foster care versus nonfoster care children; children before, during, and after foster care placement; and successfully reunified versus nonsuccessfully reunified foster care children. Behavioral...
Enhancing the Safety of Children in Foster Care and Family Support Programs: Automated Critical Incident Reporting
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 has made child safety an explicit focus in child welfare. The authors describe an automated critical incident reporting program designed for use in foster care and family-support programs. The program, which...
Enhancing the Validity of Foster Care Follow-Up Studies through Multiple Alumni Location Strategies
While family-based placement prevention services, family reunification programs, subsidized guardianship, and aggressive adoption programs are reducing the numbers of children spending long periods of time in substitute care, a significant number of...
Foster Youth Emancipating from Care: Caseworkers' Reports on Needs and Services
This article presents findings from a survey mailed to caseworkers, who answered questions about special needs, independent living skills, educational attainment, and services for 416 randomly selected foster youth in Illinois. A third of the adolescents...
Language Delays among Foster Children: Implications for Policy and Practice
This article highlights the centrality of language in early childhood development and the potential for language delays to negatively affect long-term outcomes in educational and social domains. Given the high rate of language delays in the foster care...
Predictors of Running Away from Family Foster Care
Running away is a frequent but little studied phenomenon among adolescents in foster care. Repeated running from care often leads to premature discharge and homelessness for youth. This article uses cumulative risk theory in the context of normative...
The Economics of Adoption of Children from Foster Care
Federal initiatives since 1996 have intensified the efforts of states to achieve adoption for children in foster care. For many waiting children, the path to adoption is long. The authors offer an economic analysis of adoption from foster care, with...
The Potential for Successful Family Foster Care: Conceptualizing Competency Domains for Foster Parents
The potential to foster successfully starts with developing and supporting competency in 12 domains: providing a safe and secure environment providing a nurturing environment, promoting educational attainment and success, meeting physical and mental...
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