Absolutes Hurt the Conversation on Bettering Child Welfare
Child welfare is complex and professionals who write about the field should focus on substance over blame, writes Paul DiLorenzo.
Needed in Child Welfare Leadership: Chief Trust Officer
Paul DiLorenzo envisions the role of chief trust officer as nonprofits in the child welfare space engage the community more intensely
Child Advocacy Centers Model Strong Skills and Partnerships for Helping Families Within the Child Welfare System
Child advocacy centers offer a space of shared responsibility and clear mission for child safety and healing.
Do Not Diminish the Importance of Small Beginnings
Paul DiLorenzo laments that fact that tremendous community innovations in child welfare is not a focal point of efforts to reform the system
To Support Families, We Must Look Beyond Regimented Solutions
Family support programs go beyond the practice of serving one family at a time. There are multiple moving parts. Our effectiveness lies in the broader engagement of our neighbors. The model’s elegance is in collective action and connectivity of child, family and community.
For Child Welfare Systems, One Simple Key to Community Engagement: Ask, Then Listen
As a part of their efforts to engage families, many child welfare agencies sponsor community events. These happenings are designed to build social capital, to provide an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to meet each other and to create a network of supportive relationships.
Blaming the Workforce is Easy and Useless. Bettering It Is Hard and Transformative.
Early in my career, a supervisor told me that the dirty little secret in child welfare was that the system tends to reward those who persevere in their jobs by pushing them further away from kids and families.
Moving Child Welfare from A Reaction to A Response
One benefit of an extended career in child welfare settings is that you begin to understand the concept of capacity. I’m not offering this as sage advice or cynical wisdom, nor as a pup social worker who is naïve and imagines that every family and every system can be set on the right track.
Compromise Is Good, Except When It Comes to Ethics
Many years ago, I served in Pennsylvania state government and among my responsibilities was the development and implementation of family resource centers (FRCs), which are community-based family support programs that provide easily accessible services in a culturally relevant manner.
A Return to The ‘Use of Self’
Building A Respectful Approach to Child Safety
In child welfare we are prone to distraction. Through the decades we’ve become excited by multiple trends and legislation addressing safety, family preservation and permanency, assuming they would resolve the complexities of our work with families.
A Community Meets to Rethink Child Welfare Together
In “The Great Gatsby,” F. Scott Fitzgerald captured the idea that in America, our historical class divisions always influence, linger and manipulate the present. He wrote in the novel’s last paragraph: Gatsby believed in the green light … that year by year recedes before us.
Biden Child Welfare: A Day One Culture for the Next Four Years
As we consider a new federal child welfare team, we should recognize the exceptional work of the current Children’s Bureau, especially its leaders Jerry Milner and David Kelly. They advanced smart, progressive and commonsense policy and practice designs for child welfare agencies focused on the development of community-based family support efforts.
Good Fortune Is Not a Solid Foundation for Child Welfare Services
Moving Away from Top-Down Leadership in Child Welfare
Key to Family First Act Success: Building Community Trust
Child Welfare and The Fight Against Despair
Classic experiments in the 1970’s demonstrated that it’s not so much adverse events that result in deleterious consequences, but rather a lack of perceived control over those events. Subjects in these experiments who learned that they could not influence their challenging situations eventually gave up trying.