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Rachel Adams is the managing editor of CWLA's Child Welfare journal and the editor for Children's Voice magazine, CWLA textbooks, and curricula. She manages the weekly "Last Week in Child Welfare" blog, which features state-level updates on foster care, adoption, policy-making, juvenile justice, child protection, and other child welfare-related news.

CWLA Position Statement on the Indian Child Welfare Case Brackeen v. Zinke Ruling

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) rejects the recent decision of October 8, 2018, by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). This decision that labeled ICWA as unconstitutional jeopardizes this landmark child welfare and child protection law and opens the door to

Last Week in Child Welfare: August 12-August 19

by Elizabeth Gibbons New Hampshire A federally sponsored review of New Hampshire’s child protective services has concluded that much still needs to be done to ensure the protection of vulnerable children and families. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New Hampshire is failing in every category the HHS uses to determine

Last Week in Child Welfare: July 22-July 31

by Elizabeth Gibbons Ideas from Experts The Chronicle of Social Change, an independent publication focused on child welfare and social policy, has compiled a series of articles highlighting new policy recommendations made by participants in the Foster Youth Internship Program. There have been three articles so far. The first article aims to improve placement stability to

Last Week in Child Welfare: July 15-July 22

by Elizabeth Gibbons Kansas Kansas is in the midst of reforming its child welfare system, but a new decision to change requirements for child protection specialists has drawn concern from child advocates. In June, there were 80 open child protection positions, thus prompting this loosening of requirements. Now, applicants can become “unlicensed child protection specialists” with

Child Welfare in the News: June 24-July 8

by Elizabeth Gibbons Improvements to Child Welfare Services in Connecticut Every state child welfare agency faces challenges made worse by national immigration policies and the opioid crisis. Connecticut is no different; setbacks and tragedies plague the state’s Department of Children and Families. But despite this, Connecticut has been praised as a national model of child

Last Week in Child Welfare: June 17-24

by Elizabeth Gibbons Immigration Update Following the massive outcry about the separation of children and parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, the Trump Administration is looking to expand family detention centers to accommodate whole families. The Justice Department, under Jeff Sessions, is concerned that constraints on Homeland Security will make it “more likely that families will

Last Week in Child Welfare: May 27-June 3

by Elizabeth Gibbons Arizona The Arizona legislature has had a very busy session; a number of bills related to child welfare currently are on Governor Doug Ducey’s desk. Those bills include Parental Rights and Reunification (Senate Bill 1473), which moves to terminate parental rights within 10 days of removal under certain circumstances—often extreme substance abuse

Child Welfare in the News: May 13-May 27, 2018

by Elizabeth Gibbons Kansas The Kansas Department of Children and Families in Kansas is six months into a complete, top-to-bottom review and reform. In that time, more than 20 administrators managing child welfare and state services have been promoted, fired, or shifted to other positions. New director Gina Meier-Hummel has visited almost all of the

Last Week in Child Welfare: April 29-May 6

by Elizabeth Gibbons Michigan The Department of Health and Human Services child welfare agency in Michigan has been under federal investigation for almost a decade, and despite some advancements in their work, are still seeing an increased number of child deaths due to abuse or negligence while in state care. In fact, more children are

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