A Look Back at the Impact of Research on Child Welfare Policy
This year begins my 40th year as a student of child welfare services. As a researcher and observer of the child welfare policy process I appreciate the opportunity to reflect on some of the ways research has influenced child welfare policy.
It’s Time to Broaden America’s Safe Haven Laws
Michelle Jones spent 20 years in prison for the murder of her child, who was reportedly conceived of nonconsensual sex and killed years later in the midst of what Jones described as a psychotic episode.
Birth Match, Tool to Prevent Abuse and Neglect, Slow to Spread in U.S.
The Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (CECANF) has heard from experts and stakeholders around the country and has prepared a draft of its recommendations. Among them is the suggestion that states expand a practice called “birth match,” which can identify at birth children who are at risk of child abuse and neglect.
Time for New Numbers on Adoption Disruption
Youth Services Insider was able to attend a recent roundtable discussion on prevention the disruption of adoptions involving children in foster care. The conversation started on that subject, but grew to include discussion other aspects of adoption policy.