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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.

Table of Contents: Child Maltreatment in Insular and Isolated Communities

From our essay collection Child Maltreatment in Insular and Isolated Communities Editors: Christine James-Brown, Child Welfare League of America; Julie Collins, Child Welfare League of America; Rachel Adams, Child Welfare League of America; Debra Schilling Wolfe, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania; John L. Jackson, Jr., School of Social Policy & Practice, University

Ways of Seeing in the Dark: Addressing Child Maltreatment in Underserved Populations

From our essay collection Child Maltreatment in Insular and Isolated Communities. View the Table of Contents here. Editors: Christine James-Brown, Child Welfare League of America; Julie Collins, Child Welfare League of America; Rachel Adams, Child Welfare League of America; Debra Schilling Wolfe, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania; John L. Jackson, Jr., School of

From Children’s Voice Magazine: Drugs and Kids

Drugs and Kids: Stopping the Sexual Trafficking of Minors Through Community Engagement by Rhonda Sciortino Where there is child sexual trafficking, there often also are drugs. Traffickers give kids drugs to make them comply, to make them quit crying or complaining, and to incapacitate them so that they are unable to fight or escape. Once

Keeping our Eyes Open

Rutgers University's Center on Violence Against Women and Children Trains Social Workers with a Focus on Domestic Violence by Catie Buttner The Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) has a clear mission: to eliminate all forms of violence against women and children and to address the power imbalances that permit them. This challenging

From Children’s Voice Magazine: 10 Practical Steps to Support Sustained Permanency

10 Practical Steps to Support Sustained Permanency by Kirk O’Brien, Yvonne Humenay Roberts, Kristen Rudlang-Perman, Crystal Ward Allen, and Peter J. Pecora Nearly one in five children in foster care has been in care before. Reentry into care can lead to fractured families. Stable, nurturing families can bolster youth resilience and lessen negative long-term effects—but

A Home Amid Crisis: The Keeping Families Together Program Model

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 27, Number 1 by Jennifer Michael Every family needs a roof over its head. But what if poverty, substance use, or struggles with mental health issues imperil a family’s ability to keep a home and protect its children? Over the last decade, a program model called Keeping Families Together

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

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