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. 5, September/October

Assessing Systemic Barriers to Permanency Achievement for Children in Out-of-Home Care: Development of the Child Permanency Barriers Scale
State and local child welfare agencies are engaged in multiple efforts to enact systems change to improve outcomes, particularly in regard to achievement of child permanency The Child and Family Services Review process, conducted by the Administration...
Cherish the Family: A Program Model of Strengths and Attachment in Reunifying Substance-Abusing Mothers with Their Children
The Cherish the Family (CTF) program targets mothers with children (age 0-3) engaged in the child welfare system, and provide services to strengthen a mother's ability to care for her child. A multimodal design was used with data collected at three points...
From the Editor: Eyes on the Prize: Maintaining a Family Focus in Child Welfare
It's been a long time since the field of children, youth, and family services has viewed families through a pejorative lens. As a young worker, I clearly remember not hearing that families were "partners" or "collaborators," but seeing them instead as...
Massachusetts and Scotland: From Juvenile Justice to Child Welfare?
from juvenile delinquency toward child welfare cases has altered the system's capacity to fulfill a welfare-oriented approach to older adolescents. In Massachusetts, the juvenile court is becoming more welfare-oriented as older adolescents are claimed.Comparative...
Short-Term Disruption Rates and Long-Term Outcomes of a Professional Parent Program
Both traditional and specialized foster care have disruption rates ranging from 36% to 70%. Connecting Children and Families was a professional parent program that provided permanent family placements for children and young adults with significant behavior...
Social Workers and Satisfaction with Child Welfare Work: Aspects of Work, Profession, and Personal Life That Contribute to Turnover
Social workers practicing in government-mandated child welfare programs experience several unique challenges and workplace stressors that can contribute to social worker workplace dissatisfaction and higher rates of turnover. Most research on workplace...
Supporting College Success in Foster Care Alumni: Salient Factors Related to Postsecondary Retention
The current study aimed to identify factors associated with postsecondary disengagement for young people with foster care experience using survey data from a cross-sectional sample of foster care alumni scholarship recipients. Bivariate and multivariate...
The Benefits of Motivational Interviewing and Coaching for Improving the Practice of Comprehensive Family Assessments in Child Welfare
The engagement of families in child welfare services is critical for successful outcomes related to safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. Motivational interviewing (MI), an effective approach to working with individuals struggling with...
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