USC School of Social Work


An Upstream Approach: Using Data-Driven Home Visiting to Prevent Child Abuse

Today, Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion to move 103 public health nurses from the Department of Children and Family Services to the Department of Public Health.


L.A.’s One-and-Only Native American Foster Mom

Lisa Smith and her two daughters peer out the front windows of their Diamond Bar, California, home. “We were that anxious,” 49-year-old Smith says, recalling that afternoon in March. They see a car pull up, and hurry to the curb.


Children’s Data Network Unveils New Visualization Tool

A new digital resource created by the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California’s School of Social Work aims to gauge the health and well-being of children, families and communities in Los Angeles County through the use of data and expert opinions.


California’s Extension of Foster Care through Age 21: An Opportunity for Pregnancy Prevention and Parenting Support

More than 35 percent of adolescent girls in California’s child-welfare system will have given birth before the age of 21, according to a new report from researchers from the Children’s Data Network.


The Office of Child Abuse Prevention

Fostering Media Connections releases its third Los Angeles County Child Protection Checkup, as all eyes turn to the new Office of Child Protection’s efforts to stop child abuse before it ever happens. 


Call for Performance-based Child Welfare Contracts in Los Angeles

The dean of the University of Southern California School of Social Work is pushing the Los Angeles County Blue Ribbon Commission on Child Protection to consider performance-based contracting and to retain relationships with community-based service providers as part of its final recommendations for the L.A.


    Chronic Health Conditions More Common Among Children in Child Welfare System

    By Lily Conover Youth investigated by child welfare agencies in the United States suffer from chronic health conditions at a rate much higher than that of the general population, according to research published in the journal Pediatrics in March 2013.


    New Study Points to Danger of Child Neglect

    While brutal child deaths caused by physical abuse may grab newspaper headlines, a new study shows that the majority of injury fatalities of children five or younger in California stemmed from neglect.