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. 79, No. 5, September/October

Assessing the Local Need for Family and Child Care Services: A Small Area Utilization Analysis
This article reports the findings of a study to develop a new method for allocating resources to family and child care services within Northern Ireland. Downloads from financial and client databases, together with a survey of social worker case activity,...
Costing Child Protective Services Staff Turnover
This article details the process used in one state to determine the financial costs to the child welfare agency accrued over the course of one year that were directly attributable to CPS staff turnover. The formulas and process for calculating specific...
Data-Based Organizational Change: The Use of Administrative Data to Improve Child Welfare Programs and Policy
Administrative databases hold the potential to have a significant impact on the development of effective child welfare programs and policies. This article discusses the strengths and weaknesses of administrative databases, issues with their implementation...
Data Mining in Child Welfare
Data mining is the sifting through of voluminous data to extract knowledge for decisionmaking. This article illustrates the context, concepts, processes, techniques, and tools of data mining, using statistical and neural network analyses on a dataset...
Improving Child Welfare Performance through Supervisory Use of Client Outcome Data
Despite their benefits, there is little evidence that outcome data are being widely used by program managers or field level supervisors. Three interdependent factors that facilitate the use of outcome data are wellconstructed reports, and organizational...
Mapping Child Maltreatment: Looking at Neighborhoods in a Suburban County
This study used administrative data, census data, and geographic information system (GIS) technology to map and analyze the rates and distribution of child physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect at the neighborhood level in a suburban jurisdiction....
Measuring Contract Agency Performance with Administrative Data
This article uses administrative data to analyze the relative performance of contract agencies-those organizations under contract with a city child welfare agency to provide out-of-home care services to children placed in the custody of the public agency-by...
Placement Stability for Children in Out-of-Home Care: A Longitudinal Analysis
This study examines the number of placement moves experienced over an eight-year period by 5,557 children in one state who first entered out-of-home care between birth and age six. This group comprised 28% of all young children who entered care during...
Safety, Permanency, and In-Home Services: Applying Administrative Data
This article describes the construction and use of safety and permanency indicators, two aspects of a full set of indicators that also includes child well-being and family functioning. The indicators were constructed from Philadelphia's Family and Child...
Using Administrative Data
Child welfare agencies have always collected and reported some statistical data to their fenders and licensing agencies. The computerization of the records upon which such statistics are based, however, has had a major impact upon the application of...
Using Administrative Data to Assess Child Safety in Out-of-Home Care
This article describes efforts to produce useful safety measures from administrative data. A measure similar to that proposed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is presented and compared to a measure that takes into account the length...
Using Administrative Data to Reward Agency Performance: The Case of the Federal Adoption Incentive Program
This article explores the history of the federal Adoption Incentive Program, the first federal child welfare outcome-based incentive program to rely solely on administrative data, and discusses it within the context of other prior and ongoing federal...
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