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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, children's books, and curricula. She updates the Children's Voice page.

Celebrating Families!: Embracing, Empowering, and Guiding Families

Celebrating Families!: Embracing, Empowering, and Guiding Families by Rosemary Tisch When dealing with substance use disorders, traditionally, the focus is on the adult who is using and possibly on their partner. But what services are offered to their children? Children living with an adult dealing with addiction often experience chronic trauma, now recognized as an

Parents as Teachers’ Black Doulas Group Lends Support to Moms’ Birthing Process

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 31, Number 1 Parents as Teachers’ Black Doulas Group Lends Support to Moms’ Birthing Process by Eric L. Clark What is a doula? A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional, physical, and educational support to an expectant mother during pregnancy, labor, and in the weeks following birth. As

Keeping SCHORE

Keeping SCHORE: UPD Consulting Helps Connect Baltimore Students to Affordable Housing Published in Children’s Voice Volume 30, Number 1 by Ann Willemssen At the end of most school days, Joe Manko, the principal of Liberty Elementary School in West Baltimore, would place students into taxis waiting to drive them to their temporary resting spots across the city.

Future Focus

Future Focus: Supporting Education & Career Development in the Era of COVID-19 Published in Children's Voice Volume 30, Number 1 by Lan To It’s currently the fall of 2021 and young people and families are facing so many questions about the future—for which answers are few and ever-changing. A season often full of excitement and

Applying a Universal Precautions Approach to Residential Programs for Girls

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 30, Number 1 Applying a Universal Precautions Approach to Residential Programs for Girls: The My Life My Choice Prevention Solution Model by Lisa Goldblatt Grace Girls in communities across the United States, growing up in a variety of life circumstances, are at risk of being commercially sexually exploited. This vulnerability

A Century-long Pathway to Permanency

A Century-long Pathway to Permanency: The Transformation of the Child Welfare System Joseph M. Costa CEO & President Emeritus, Hillsides The following is an excerpt. To download Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations, Volume 2, click here. On any given day, children are referred to either the Hillsides’ Resource Family and Adoption

Supporting a Safe Culture that Surfaces Problems

Supporting a Safe Culture that Surfaces Problems: Transforming Child Welfare into High-Reliability Organizations Heather H. Kestian Deputy Director for Strategic Solutions and Agency Transformation, Indiana Department of Child Services While working in child welfare over the course of the past 11 years, I have seen a number of excellent employees leave child welfare as a

Unadoptable is Unacceptable: The Right to a Family and a Home at any Age

Rita L. Soronen President & CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption The following is an excerpt. To download Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations, Volume 2, click here. “Adolescence is the transitional bridge between childhood and adulthood; it encompasses developmental milestones that are unique to this age group. Healthy development is both

Tackling Racial Disparities in New York City’s Child Welfare System

David Hansell Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services The following is an excerpt. To download Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations, Volume 2, click here. Diversity is what makes New York City one of the greatest cities on earth—and is why I’ve made it my home. But behind the vibrancy

Adverse Childhood Experiences Research

Adverse Childhood Experiences Research Drives University–Community Collaboration to Build Community Resilience Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 By Heather Larkin, David A. Wallace, Anthony Cortese, Katharine Briar-Lawson, Camela M. Hughes, Dana Peterson, Lisa Good, and Sreyashi Chakravarty This article describes the university– community collaboration that developed in the Capital Region of New York over

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