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. 3, 2015

About This Special Issue
In 2013, the Child Welfare League of America published the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare (National Blueprint).The National Blueprint provides a vision for child welfare that "all children will grow up safely, in loving families...
Engaging the Child Welfare Community in Examining the Use of Research Evidence
Improving the lives of children and youth at risk of or experiencing maltreatment is complex work. There are numerous ongoing efforts in the child welfare community to address the gap between what is known (by researchers) and what is done (by policymakers...
Exploring the Integration of Systems and Social Sciences to Study Evidence Use among Child Welfare Policy-Makers
Both academic research and federal investigations draw attention to the chasm between child welfare policy and available research evidence (Government Accountability Office [GAO], 2012; Ko et al., 2008). Linear models of policy adoption have been proposed...
From Novel to Empirical: Developing Community-Based Programs into Research-Ready Programs
There is a growing call for practitioner-researcher partnerships to enhance the usefulness of research and evidence-based practices (Begun, Berger, Otto-Salaj, & Rose 2010; Özdemir & Giannotta, 2014; Secret, Abell, & Berlin, 2011). Programs...
From the Editor: Improving the Use and Usefulness of Research in Child Welfare
There is no human services field in which it is more important to determine how to effectively work with clients and promote positive outcomes than in child welfare. The most vulnerable children, youth, and families depend on researchers, scholars and...
Introduction
Over the past several decades, the child welfare field has made a growing commitment to using evidence to inform policy and practice. This is visible in public and private sector initiatives around building and using evidence-based policy and practice...
Learning to Listen and Listening to Learn: Recursive Information Flow to Build Relationships and Improve Practice
The value of infusing research into social work practice is wellestablished in both research and practice sectors (Buckely, Tonmyr, Lewig, & Jack, 2014; Cheung, Ma, Thyer, & Webb, 2014; Herie & Martin, 2002). Implementing evidence-based practice...
Special Foreword: Making Research Work in Child Welfare: Overcoming Challenges
This special issue of Child Welfare focuses on ways to improve the use of research within child welfare in ways that benefit the most vulnerable children and families. By research we mean a type of evidence that comes from applying systematic methods...
Strategies for Strengthening the Utility of Research in Supportive Housing-Child Welfare Partnerships
In this article, we draw from our collective experiences as evaluators of two different federally funded supportive housing initiatives in child welfare systems. We identify four interrelated strategies emerging from our work that enhance the use and...
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