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The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

5/18/2022

The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

When government policies hold a group in disfavor, the child welfare community can do more to speak up for families, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

5/16/2022

The Challenge of Changing America’s Amorphous, Limitless Neglect Laws

Diane Redleaf reviews some promising developments for those interested in sharpening the definition of neglect in child welfare law

Community colleges need to stop pushing remedial-class enrollments

5/10/2022

Community Colleges Need to Stop Pushing Remedial-class Enrollments

A California bill removes the requirement in community colleges of students to repeat math and English classes they passed in high school.

Host Homes Are a Necessary Resource for Struggling New York Families

5/2/2022

Host Homes Are a Necessary Resource for Struggling New York Families

In child welfare, host homes can be a community-based solution to address families who need help with their children, writes BJ Walker. 

Interrogating the Systems that Force Foster Youth to be Resilient

4/27/2022

Interrogating the Systems that Force Foster Youth to be Resilient

We can’t keep celebrating “resilient” foster youth if we are not actively removing the systems in place that marginalize them, writes Kenyon Lee Whitman.

L.A.’s Mis-Investment in Youth Incarceration

4/25/2022

L.A.’s Mis-Investment in Youth Incarceration 

Youth in Los Angeles County shouldn't be imprisoned, they deserve to be invested in, write Tommy Morris and Julio Marcial.

child welfare work celebrated

4/18/2022

Measuring What Actually Matters

When measuring the worth of child welfare lawyers, we should consider the quality of their relationships with clients, writes Vivek Sankaran.

The Ethics of Working Amid Family Un-Friendly Policies

4/10/2022

Social Work Supervisors Are Key to Stable Workforce

Supervision is the heartbeat of a child welfare agency and in many places, it is on life support. It used to be one of the strongest pillars of our profession, but in recent years the supervisory role has found itself looking for a clear purpose or relevance to our goals of improvement and transformation.

Affluent America Gets a Wake-up Call on CPS Intrusion

4/7/2022

Affluent America Gets a Wake-up Call on CPS Intrusion

Richard Wexler writes that white, middle-class families who face CPS investigations experience less intrusion than more marginalized families.