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. 93, No. 3, 2014

Family Engagement in "Voluntary" Child Welfare Services: Theory and Empirical Evidence from Families under Differential Response Referrals in California
The importance of client engagement in child welfare practice has been recognized in the field of social work since the 1950s (Roberts &Nee, 1974). Further, there is a widespread consensus that client participation, although not an end goal in itself,...
From the Editor: From Trauma-Informed Care to a Critique of ASFA
This issue of Child Welfare highlights a range of topical areas in child welfare. In our first article, Beyerlein and Bloch explore the need for trauma-informed care within the foster care system. Noting that a lack in trauma-informed care within the...
Measuring Social Support among Kinship Caregivers: Confirming the Factor Structure of the Family Support Scale
In recent years, the number of children being raised by a kinship caregiver has increased. Kinship care is defined by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) as "the full time care, nurturing, and protection of children by relatives, members of their...
Need for Trauma-Informed Care within the Foster Care System: A Policy Issue
Unaddressed childhood trauma causes a wide array of severe behavioral, emotional and financial consequences (Aviles, Anderson, & Davila, 2006; Gerrity & Folcarelli, 2008; Wang & Holton, 2007). A recent increase in awareness of prevalence...
Risk Management in Child Protective Services: A Balanced Scorecard Approach
Public Child Protective Services (CPS) in the United Sates has been a favorite whipping boy of politicians, child advocacy groups, the media, and many in the general public. Horrific cases of child abduction, rape, starvation, or murder in Florida, New...
The Caregiver-Reported Value of Participation in a Kinship Support Center
In this study, the phrase "kinship care" will be used to describe the caregiving circumstances of relatives and close friends. Hong (2011) reported that in terms of formal and informal foster care, kinship "care placement has increasingly become a preferred...
When Rights Collide: A Critique of the Adoption and Safe Families Act from a Justice Perspective
The institution of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 (ASFA) was a major revision of existing child welfare policies established by the earlier Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980, representing the shift from a focus on the preservation...
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