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. 78, No. 1, January/February

Completing the Evaluation Triangle for the Next Century: Measuring Child "Well-Being" in Family Foster Care
In recent years, success in family foster care has been evaluated by examining indicators of two goals of the child welfare system: permanency and safety. Systematic measures of child well-being have not been incorporated into the administrative databases...
Concurrent Planning: Benefits and Pitfalls
Concurrent planning-working with families toward reunification while developing alternative permanency plans-was designed to fit an out-of-home care population much like that projected for the year 2000 and beyond: very young, chronically neglected children...
Data-Driven Child Welfare Policy and Practice in the Next Century
A great deal of national attention and fiscal incentives are being placed on establishing systems to gather child welfare data. Plentiful data, however, do not guarantee relevant policy development or an impact on practice. This article describes how...
Delivering Health and Mental Health Care Services to Children in Family Foster Care after Welfare and Health Care Reform
As the 20th century draws to a close, fundamental changes in the organization, financing, and delivery of health care and welfare services, principally directed at poor families, are likely to result in an increased number of children entering out-of-home...
Family Foster Care in the Next Century
Although family foster care, designed to provide temporary protection and nurturing for children experiencing maltreatment, has been a critical service for millions of children in the United States, the increased attention given to this service in the...
Measuring Performance in Child Welfare: Secondary Effects of Success
The Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 mandates the development of a system to rate the performance of state child welfare programs. The resulting system, built on broader efforts to measure outcomes for children and families who receive support...
Professional Foster Care: A Future Worth Pursuing?
This article reports on a study comparing the performance of a professional foster care program and two specialized programs in Cook County, Illinois, with random samples of kinship and nonrelative family foster homes. Professional and kinship foster...
Satisfaction of Children in Out-of-Home Care
A randomly selected sample of 1,100 children in out-ofhome care in Illinois from 1993 to 1996 were interviewed in person regarding their satisfaction with the homes in which they lived and with their caregivers. They were also asked whether they felt...
Shared Family Care: Providing Services to Parents and Children Placed Together in Out-of-Home Care
Shared family care involves the planned provision of out-of-home care to parents and their children so that the parent and the host caregivers simultaneously share the care of the children and work toward independent in-home care by the parent. This...
Starting Young: Improving the Health and Developmental Outcomes of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System
The number of infants and toddlers entering out-ofhome care has increased dramatically in the past few years, yet few published reports examine their needs. This article describes a collaborative, multidisciplinary developmental follow-up program for...
The Impact of Drug-Exposed Children on Family Foster Care
To determine whether infants exposed to drugs during gestation present special challenges in family foster care, data on 204 infants were reviewed. Developmental functioning, health and caregiving needs, visits by biological parents, and case dispositions...
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