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We Shouldn’t Rely on Child Protective Services To Address Family Adversity
For many parents, it’s their worst fear: a knock on the door from a state social worker with the power to take their children. With 1 in 3 children nationwide experiencing a Child Protective Services (CPS) investigation during childhood following a report of child maltreatment, this experience is all too common for U.S.
As Buffalo Home Visitors Face Layoffs, Early Childhood Advocates Urge Statewide Investment
Amid Pandemic, Congress Considers Giving Parents More Time to Reunify with Kids in Foster Care
House Bill Puts Up $2 Billion in Emergency Funds for Family, Youth Homelessness
Late last week, a bipartisan group of House legislators introduced a bill that would supply $2 billion to states for help in preventing youth or family homelessness during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Child Welfare League of America CEO: Field Must Confront Its Racist Roots
In the nearly two months since the police killing of George Floyd launched a global protest movement against systemic racism, the American child welfare system has experienced its own reckoning.
In June, parents marched through Manhattan, waving signs charging child welfare authorities with “stealing Black babies.”
Family Enrichment Centers Show Early Promise in New York City, Evaluation Reports
New York City’s child welfare agency launched a bold small experiment in 2018: Three new community rooms deep in the city’s most under-resourced neighborhoods would offer comfy, staffed spaces for families to seek no-strings-attached advice and support, computer access, meeting space or children’s playtime, all at no cost.
Missouri Child Welfare Overhaul Includes Kinship Diversion, Access to Birth Documents
Missouri has made it easier for an adult relative to temporarily look after the children of kin without legally removing them into foster care.
That’s one of several substantive changes to the state’s child welfare system that Gov.
It’s Time for State Prevention Services Systems
As we navigate the effects of a global pandemic and economic recession, we have the opportunity to rethink the ways we provide services and supports to children and families before they find themselves in crisis.