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. 6, November/December

Defining a Target Population at High Risk of Long-Term Foster Care: Barriers to Permanency for Families of Children with Serious Emotional Disturbances
Long-term foster care (LTFC) is an enduring problem that lacks evidence of effective strategies for practice or policy. This article describes initial activities of a statewide project of the national Permanency Innovations Initiative. The authors sought...
Engaging Families in the Child Welfare Process Utilizing the Family-Directed Structural Assesment Tool
Effectively engaging parents in the provision of child welfare services is a crucial component of the helping process; however, it has proven to be an ongoing challenge for workers in this service area. The literature indicates that outcomes are improved...
From the Editor: Eyes on the Prize: Maintaining a Family Focus at Home and Abroad
Just today, I received notification about a wonderful resource called "Moving Forward: Implementing the 'Guidelines for Alternative Care of Children," published by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland. My first thought was...
Measuring Social Support among Kinship Caregivers: Validity and Reliability of the Family Support Scale
The scope of research about kinship care has expanded. One area of interest is the impact social support has on kinship caregivers (Kelley, Whitley, & Campos, 2011). The Family Support Scale (FSS) has been used to measure social support among kinship...
Mental Health of Foster Children: Do Biological Fathers Matter?
The high prevalence of mental health problems in foster children is well-documented (e.g., Armsden, Pecora, Payne, & Szatkiewicz, 2000; Tarren-Sweeney, 2008). From an ecological perspective, it can be expected that several factors in different systems...
Parent Engagement in Child Safety Conferences: The Role of Parent Representatives
Parent engagement is a critical and challenging task of child welfare, and meaningful parent engagement in a dialogue, service planning, and acceptance of services is even more challenging in the context of non-voluntary child protection. This study...
The Association between Child Maltreatment and Coping Strategies among Finnish 9th Graders
Child maltreatment is commonplace, and adolescents are involved in it either as witnesses or victims. Research has shown that child maltreatment plays a major role in adolescent well-being and coping. The purpose of this study is to describe adolescents'...
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