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. 94, No. 5, 2015

Acknowledgements
This Special Issue of Child Welfare journal, Families in Child Welfare Affected by Substance Use, was made possible with support from the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW ), which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental...
An Integrated Intervention to Address the Comorbid Needs of Families Referred to Child Welfare for Substance Use Disorders and Child Neglect: FAIR Pilot Outcomes
In 2012, approximately 3.4 million referrals regarding 6.3 million children were made to the child welfare system (CWS) across the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 2013). Of these, 62% were screened in for services,...
A Note on Substance Use Disorder Terminology
Professionals in the fields of child welfare, treatment for substance use disorders, and the courts that oversee cases of child abuse and neglect may use a range of terminology to refer to concepts related to substance use, physical dependence, and addiction,...
Changes in Adult, Child, and Family Functioning among Participants in a Family Treatment Drug Court
Parental substance use disorders are a significant factor in many child welfare cases. While prevalence rates vary over studies, it is estimated that over half of children in foster care have parents who abuse alcohol or drugs (Young, Boles, & Otero,...
Effects of Intensive Family Preservation Services in Rural Tennessee on Parental Hopefulness with Families Affected by Substance Use
The Child and Family Services Improvement Act (Public Law 109288) supported 53 regional partnerships to improve the well-being, safety, and family permanency of children affected by methamphetamine and other substance use through interagency collaboration...
Enhancing Family Protective Factors in Residential Treatment for Substance Use Disorders
Substance abuse has long been recognized to play a major role in the lives of families in the child welfare system (Azzi-Lessing & Olsen, 1996). This involvement has led to a strong focus on integrated, evidence-based practices and coordination between...
Examining the Relationships between Family Drug Court Program Compliance and Child Welfare Outcomes
More than 300 jurisdictions have developed Family Drug Courts (FDCs) (National Institute of Justice, 2014; Marsh, Smith, & Bruni, 2011) to coordinate services for families in child welfare affected by parents with substance use disorders. Participation...
From the Editor: Substance Use and Child Welfare
Child welfare has been consistently dominated by three major social dilemmas that have serious consequences for our children, youth, and families: substance use disorders, domestic violence, and mental health issues. All of these conditions occur under...
Making It Work without a Family Drug Court: Connecticut's Approach to Parental Substance Abuse in the Child Welfare System
Substance use disorder is a significant health and social problem affecting many families in this country. Children with caretakers who have a substance use disorder are more likely to face economic deprivation, family instability, poor parenting (Magura...
Peer Mentoring in Child Welfare: A Motivational Framework
Peer mentoring is increasingly popular in child welfare as a method of promoting family engagement and helping "ease the pathway through the child welfare system" (Cohen & Canan, 2006; Frame, Conley, & Berrick, 2006). Although a number of studies...
Predictors of Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Completion for Parents Involved with Child Welfare: One State's Experience in Matching across Systems
Parents with substance use disorders face persistent and serious difficulties in child welfare systems (CWS). An estimated 50% to 80% of child welfare cases involve parental substance abuse (Young, Boles, & Otero, 2007), and 8.3 million children...
Promising Results for Cross-Systems Collaborative Efforts to Meet the Needs of Families Impacted by Substance Use
Substance use among parents can affect multiple domains of parenting practices and family functioning. Substance use can influence parents' behavior directly because the mind- and mood-altering effects of alcohol and drug use can inhibit their capacity...
Special Foreword: Substance Use and Child Welfare
(Second Issue)CWLA's 2001 Special Issue of Child Welfare put a spotlight on parental substance use disorders among families in child welfare, including those involved with dependency courts. This topic was of increasing concern because throughout the...
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