From Human Error to Organizational Resilience: Proactively Managing Safety in Child Welfare
Nothing shakes the fabric of a child protection agency like a death caused by abuse or neglect in a family that it knew about. To the surrounding world, the agency has failed in its primary mission, keeping a child safe.
Five Things Child Welfare Must Learn from the Field of Safety Science
Following disastrous events such as Three Mile Island, the Challenger disaster, fatal airline crashes and unacceptable rates of fatalities in health care settings, the field of safety science expanded rapidly.
Child Welfare’s Unsustainable Metaphors
Over my four-decade career in child welfare I witnessed seemingly countless agencies and systems in crisis. These crises were often precipitated by tragic fatalities. But they also came about as a result of poor performance in critical areas of functioning.
The Pernicious Failure of Child Welfare Reform
After more than 40 years of work in child welfare, I have lost count of the number of child reforms undertaken across the United States. Illinois. New York City. Florida. Los Angeles.
Abuse in Foster Care: The Denial Runs Deep
Here’s the latest foster care horror from Oregon, according to the Oregonian: Under the watch of the Oregon Department of Human Services, a lawsuit alleges, a young sister and brother were starved so severely by their foster parents and guardians that they weighed the same at ages 4 and 5 as they did at ages 1 and 2. Those facts, largely supported by the state’s own examination of the case, are laid out in a complaint filed against the state Thursday.