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. 91, No. 3, May/June

A Collaborative and Trauma-Informed Practice Model for Urban Indian Child Welfare
Preventing the breakup of the American Indian family is the fundamental goal of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). However, few models exist to provide CPS workers and other practitioners with effective and practical strategies to help achieve this...
An Examination of the Living Conditions of Urban American Indian Children in Unmarried Families: Increasing Cultural Competence in Child Welfare
The past 50 years have revealed dramatically shifting trends in the familial structure of American society. When examining these trends, and family research in general, the American Indian family unit has received little to no attention. This study utilized...
Best Outcomes for Indian Children
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center are collaborating with Wisconsin's tribes and county child welfare agencies to improve outcomes for Indian children by systemically implementing the...
Continuum of Readiness for Collaboration, ICWA Compliance, and Reducing Disproportionality
From 2008-2010, a California Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) addressed the disproportionality of African American and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children in public child welfare services in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation,...
Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) with Lakota Families in Two Tribal Communities: Tools to Facilitate FGDM Implementation and Evaluation
This article describes an adapted Family Group Decision Making (FGDM) practice model for Native American communities, the FGDM family and community engagement process, and FGDM evaluation tools as one example for other native communities. Challenges...
Findings from a National Needs Assessment of American Indian/Alaska Native Child Welfare Programs
The National Child Welfare Resource Center for Tribes, a member of the Children's Bureau Child Welfare Training and Technical Assistance Network, conducted a national needs assessment of tribal child welfare. This assessment explored current practices...
From the Editor: Remembering Lost Bird
(ProQuest: ... denotes obscured text omitted.)When I became the director of the National Resource Center for Permanency more than eleven years ago, I realized that our scope of work included conducting technical assistance to states, territories, and...
Moving toward Reconciliation in Indigenous Child Welfare
The Touchstones of Hope reconciliation movement consists of principles (culture and language, self-determination, structural interventions, non discrimination, and holistic approach) that guide a reconciliation process of truth-telling, acknowledging,...
Native American Indian Child Welfare System Change: Implementation of a Culturally Appropriate Practice Model across Three Tribal Child Welfare Systems
Currently, there are 565 federally recognized tribes in the United States who are independent sovereign nations. These tribes have varying capacities to manage and administer child welfare programs. Most provide some type of child welfare service to...
Special Foreword: We Are the Manifestations of Our Ancestor S Prayers
Colonialism infuses the experience of First Peoples around the world, across the past, present, and future continuum. Its destructive force extends past First Peoples, eroding the understanding of non-Aboriginal peoples and to diminishing the fundamental...
Truth, Healing, and Systems Change: The Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission Process
Maine state child welfare staff understand the Indian Child Welfare Act requirements, yet their knowledge of Wabanaki history is limited because it has excluded the voices of the Wabanaki people. A group of Native people and state representatives are...
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