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. 96, No. 2, 2018

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...
Child Welfare Systems and LGBTQ Youth Homelessness: Gender Segregation, Instability, and Intersectionality
Annually, around 1.6 to 2 million youth, aged 12 to 24 years old, experience homelessness each year in the United States (Gibson, 2011; Karabanow, 2004; Witkin et al., 2005). Youth who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ ) are estimated...
Developing Relationship-Building Tools for Foster Families Caring for Teens Who Are LGBTQ2S
There are more than 400,000 children in foster care in the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2016). While few empirical studies can offer precise data on the percentage of youth in care who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,...
From the Editor: Gay and No Place to Go, Redux
Twenty-six years ago, in 1992, I published one of the first peerreviewed articles I ever wrote: Gay and No Place to Go (Mallon, 1992) in this journal, Child Welfare. It was also the first article on this topic that had ever been published in Child Welfare....
Not All Children Are Straight and White: Strategies for Serving Youth of Color in Out-of-Home Care Who Identify as LGBTQ
Systems often do not identify and genuinely engage with youth of color who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ) and/or are gender expansive,1 who are not only disproportionately represented in systems of out-of-home care but...
Out of the System and onto the Streets: LGBTQ-Identified Youth Experiencing Homelessness with Past Child Welfare System Involvement
In 2015, approximately 21,000 youth in the United States became emancipated-commonly referred to as "aged out"-from the foster care system; neither being adopted nor reunified with their family of origin, and were therefore expected to live independent...
Reversing Erasure of Youth and Young Adults Who Are LGBTQ and Access Homelessness Services: Asking about Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Pronouns
Homelessness among youth and young adults (YYA) who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ) has received recent attention from advocates, policymakers, researchers, and youth-serving systems. The United States Interagency...
Special Foreword: It Is Time to Start Counting Kids Who Are LGBTQ in Child Welfare
(Second Issue)Children and young people in foster care who are LGBTQare at the center of overlapping national debates about complicated issues of race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexuality, religion, and more. Serious questions abound...
Strengthening the Workforce to Support Youth in Foster Care Who Identify as LGBTQ+ through Increasing LGBTQ+ Competency: Trainers' Experience with Bias
Training can be a positive first step towards helping child welfare practitioners serve youth who identify as LGBTQ+ more effectively. However, providing a training for an agency doesn't necessarily mean that anti-LGBTQ+ bias possessed by agency staff...
Yes We Can Allegheny: Implementing SOGIE Inclusive System Improvements in Child Welfare
A growing body of literature demonstrates that youth identifying as le sbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning (LGBTQ) are over-represented in public child welfare systems (Dettlaff, Washburn, Vogel, & Carr, 2017; Martin, Down, &...
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