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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 and supportive communities." Fundamental to this vision is the belief that while the formal child welfare system is accountable for its specific role as it relates to children who are at risk of or have experienced abuse or neglect, it will take the combined efforts of families, communities, other child and family systems, and the public as a whole to fully actualize the vision. The National Blueprint is intended to challenge individuals, groups, communities, and providers, inside and outside of the formal child welfare system, to understand that they play an important role in advancing improved outcomes for children and families. The National Blueprint also serves as the foundation for all of CWLA's work.

As stated in the National Blueprint, the reality is that the needs of the children and families that come into contact with the formal child welfare system cannot be addressed apart from challenges related to issues such as immigration, education, housing, health care, violence, and poverty. It is for this reason that as CWLA identifies topics for themed issues of our Child Welfare journal, many topics from outside the formal child welfare system will be explored regarding their impact on the ability to achieve improved outcomes for children and families.

This issue, Housing, Homelessness, and Economic Security, examines the critical problem of housing instability within the context of child welfare. …

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