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. 77, No. 5, September/October

Charting a Course: Meeting the Challenge of Permanency Planning for Children with Incarcerated Mothers
Case workers involved in permanency planning for children whose mothers are incarcerated must assess the family's strengths, the mother's capacity to assume parental responsibilities, and the integrity of the parent-child relationship; and address concerns...
Children with Parents in Prison: Child Welfare Policy, Program, and Practice Issues
As the rate at which adults are being incarcerated in the United States escalates, child welfare professionals are encountering growing numbers of children who have parents in prison. Current estimates indicate that as many as 1.5 million children have...
Developing Quality Services for Offenders and Families: An Innovative Partnership
Incarceration and the failures associated with the prison experience-particularly high rates of recidivism-are creating an underclass of men and a cycle of disrupted family relations that represent a worrisome community problem. This article reports...
Earning Trust from Youths with None to Spare
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) operates an array of programs that primarily serve students whose parents are incarcerated. The authors explore outreach and programmatic approaches and discuss the benefits of a holistic, multifaceted, open...
Foreword
This special edition of Child Welfare grew out of the Child Welfare League of America Children with Incarcerated Parents initiative. The initiative arose in response to the need expressed by CWLA's member agencies, who had begun to see in their caseloads...
Girl Scouts beyond Bars: Facilitating Parent-Child Contact in Correctional Settings
Distant prison locations, inconvenient visiting schedules, and the negative effects of a mother's imprisonment on her children often complicate the child welfare professional's work with the children of incarcerated mothers. Enhanced prison visiting...
In Whose Best Interest? the Impact of Changing Public Policy on Relatives Caring for Children with Incarcerated Parents
Changes in criminal justice policy have resulted in the incarceration of an unprecedented number of parents. Consequently, more children than ever before are living with grandparents and other relatives while their parents are imprisoned. Historically,...
Permanency Planning in Context of Parental Incarceration: Legal Issues and Recommendations
Parental incarceration is a growing problem that is not accommodated for in the traditional, time-driven model of permanency planning. The trend in both law and policy regarding children in out-of-home care is toward early termination of parental rights...
Supporting Families and Children of Mothers in Jail: An Integrated Child Welfare and Criminal Justice Strategy
Charged with the responsibility for protecting children and preserving families, the child welfare system needs to pay special attention to women in jail and their families. Jails provide an opportunity to reach families early in the criminal justice...
The Forgotten Parent: Understanding the Forces That Influence Incarcerated Fathers' Relationships with Their Children
Fathers who are in prisons and jails are not just convicts-they are parents as well. The family roles and responsibilities of incarcerated fathers, however, are seldom the focus of institutional policies, scholarly research, or child welfare services....
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