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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.

Child Welfare: Laws May Change, but Attitudes Remain the Same

LaShanda Taylor Adams, JD The following is an excerpt. To download Reflections on Child Welfare Areas of Practice, Issues, and Service Populations, Volume 1, click here. In 1995, Professor Martin Guggenheim of the New York University (NYU) School of Law coined the term “legal orphan” and estimated that nationwide, there were between 40,000 and 80,000

Federal Financing Supporting High-Quality Legal Representation for Children and Parents

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 1 by Allison Green The child welfare world has been abuzz with talk of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Yet amid the planning and implementation chatter, a powerful change to the U.S. Children’s Bureau’s Child Welfare Policy Manual reached its first anniversary in 2019 with less fanfare.

Exceptional Children: Navigating Learning Disabilities & Special Education

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 1 “Puberty has Brought so Many Changes! Do Kids with Autism Understand it at Age 12?” by Ellen Notbohm A parent wrote to me as her son was finishing his first year of middle school. To her great dismay, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals put forth by

Race, Trauma, and Resilience Training in Child Welfare

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 1 by Audrey Smolkin On the day that the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s long-planned-for trainings on race, trauma, and resiliency began, I anxiously watched our large audience arrive and settle in for the morning session. The first piece of the training—focusing on the brain science of trauma and

Totalistic Programs for Youth: Complex and Dissimilar Perspectives

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 1 by Mark Chatfield Each year in the United States, tens of thousands of young people are placed in residential programs— in which youth temporarily live outside of their homes in facilities where they can be supervised and monitored—to receive treatment for substance abuse, behavioral problems, or psychological issues.

International Social Service and the Origins of Cross-Border Case Work

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 1 by Felicity Sackville Northcott and Elaine Weisman In 1924, a group of social workers sat down and resolved “…that skilled case work service to families in trouble…should be extended to operate at long distances and across frontiers.” This simple but forward-thinking idea is the cornerstone of the

Therapeutic Court: A Different Approach to Dependency Cases

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 28, Number 2 By Daniel Lieberman and Mary Quinlan The judge takes the bench, gazing down at the victim. The lawyers are all sitting in their proper positions, readying themselves for the next argument. A deputy bailiff, wearing a bulletproof vest and with a firearm strapped to his belt, stands guard,

Children’s Voice Magazine: Call for Special Issue Articles

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Children’s Voice Magazine: Call for Special Issue Articles  CWLA, Universities, and Community Collaborations:  Past, Present, Future Co-Editors: Dana Burdnell Wilson, PhD, and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW Children’s Voice, CWLA’s seasonal magazine for members and the public, publishes a diverse range of views on a wide array of topics. Since 1991, Children’s Voice has sought

New from Child Welfare Journal: Teens & Young Adults

CWLA is pleased to announce the publication of a special issue of Child Welfare journal, “Twenty Years after the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 (‘Chafee’): What We Know Now About Meeting the Needs of Teens and Young Adults.” Teens and young adults account for about 25% of the general population, but make up more than 34%

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