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A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System

6/22/2004:   CWLA has teamed with the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, the American Institutes for Research, the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, and others to produce A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System, a resource guide that answers many of the questions families face when they become involved with the child welfare system. Written in a simple, question-and-answer format, the guide helps families learn about:
  • child welfare laws and policies that influence the actions and decisions of child welfare workers and courts

  • professionals that families will encounter, the service systems they work in, and their roles

  • ways to advocate for their family's rights

  • their responsibilities; and

  • practical tips from other families.
It's a great resource for families, new social workers, and professionals who work closely with the child welfare system, like judges, lawyers, and counselors. You can download a free copy in PDF format on the web or request multiple copies for $10 each. Get more information at www.cwla.org/childwelfare/familyguide.htm.

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