What One State’s Interview Debate Suggests About the Bigger Child Welfare Discussion


Absolutes Hurt the Conversation on Bettering Child Welfare

Child welfare is complex and professionals who write about the field should focus on substance over blame, writes Paul DiLorenzo.

California Rep. Karen Bass Joins Los Angeles Mayoral Race


Historic Bill Would Remove Federal Requirement to Terminate Parental Rights in Some Cases

A bill introduced before Congress would allow states to decide whether to seek the termination of parental rights in child welfare cases.

Report Details Abuse at For-Profit Youth Residential Centers


Behavioral Health Contractor Sequel Absorbs Two Blows

The for-profit Sequel Youth & Family Services faces regulatory and legal complaints for its management of residential care facilities for teens.


Court Records Show COVID-19’s Psychological Toll on Puerto Rico’s Incarcerated Youth

As pandemic lockdowns dragged on, youth in lockups sought to harm themselves. A federal judge has called the situation "constitutionally unacceptable."


Missouri Governor Signs Foster Care and Adoption Tax Breaks

Missourians who adopt children or take in foster kids will get meaningful tax breaks in the future since Gov. Mike Parson signed a pair of bills this week amid a rare legislative session in which child welfare is a major priority.


West Virginia Foster Care Ombudsman Reports Rampant Fear of Retaliation

More than 90% of parents and foster parents who asked for an investigation into problems they had while dealing with the West Virginia foster care system in the recent past said they did so despite fear of retaliation, according to a news account based on the ombudsperson’s first-ever report.


Write the Truth and Show the Pain of Child Sexual Abuse

As professionals who deal with maltreatment cases in a variety of forums, we write about child sexual abuse. Our audience includes attorneys, social workers, health and education professionals, and sometimes the general public.

What One State’s Interview Debate Suggests About the Bigger Child Welfare Discussion


Compromise Is Good, Except When It Comes to Ethics

Many years ago, I served in Pennsylvania state government and among my responsibilities was the development and implementation of family resource centers (FRCs), which are community-based family support programs that provide easily accessible services in a culturally relevant manner.


What Child Welfare Can Learn from ‘Rewiring’

Fifteen months ago, we set out to test a proposition: That with a modest injection of flexible prevention money, and thoughtful approaches to rethinking some decision-making, we could turn a child welfare system into a family well-being system.