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. 95, No. 4, 2017

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...
From the Editor: The Apple Tree Has Many Healthy Apples: Kinship Caregiving
Beatriz Johnson was leaving work when she received a frantic call from her daughter, Patrice: "Mom, the police are here, and they have the kids!" Patrice had struggled with substance abuse before she became a mom. Beatriz rushed to her daughter's home....
Introduction: Kinship Care Policy and Practice: (Second Issue)
More than two decades ago, the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) published Kinship Care: A Natural Bridge (Child Welfare League of America, 1994). The report assembled the best thinking and scholarship available at the time to address the emerging...
New Directions for Kinship Care Policy and Practice: A Position Paper from the Kinship Summit at Albany, New York, September 2016
Collaborative partnerships are a major factor in achieving positive outcomes for children, youth, and families. They can lead to a common and unified understanding of the needs of children, youth, and families; identification of gaps in services and...
Protective Factors as Mediators and Moderators of Risk Effects on Perceptions of Child Well-Being in Kinship Care
Children who live apart from their parents and are cared for by relatives often experience many risks that threaten their general well-being and can result in their experiencing poor developmental outcomes. Children who reside in kinship care are vulnerable...
Supporting Kinship Caregivers: Examining the Impact of a Title IV-E Waiver Kinship Supports Intervention
Child welfare administrators across the United States are increasingly accepting kinship care as best practice, allowing children to be cared for by kinship caregivers whenever possible, thereby maintaining familial, cultural, and community connections....
Using Family Group Decision Making to Assist Informal Kinship Families
A three-year project was funded under a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011 Family Connection Discretionary grant. The Children's Home Society of New Jersey (CHSofNJ) program compared the outcomes of two groups of informal kinship caregivers...
Using Kinship Navigation Services to Support the Family Resource Needs, Caregiver Self-Efficacy, and Placement Stability of Children in Informal and Formal Kinship Care
Studies have identified the need to provide services to kinship caregivers to maintain children safely in their homes (Littlewood, 2015; Sutphin, 2015; Wallace & Lee, 2013). Common needs include financial resources, child care, legal services, and...
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