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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,

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

Discovering Cuba

Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 25, Number 1 by Todd A. Landry In late September 2015, CWLA CEO Christine James- Brown led a delegation of 11 member organizations on an information-sharing trip to Cuba, meeting with some of the country’s leading child care, health care, and education providers. Though Cuba does not have a

Improving Practice with LGBT Youth and Families

Published in Children's Voice, Volume 24, Number 1 by Colette Tobias Increasingly, child welfare professionals are paying attention to the unique needs and challenges faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. Numerous resources (see www.hrc.org/acaf-resources) are available on best practices for serving this population from leading organizations including the Child Welfare League of

Fostering Sibling Connections: The Sibling Bill of Rights and Grassroots Advocacy

Published in Children's Voice, Volume 22, Number 1 by Nicole Thieman Lynn Price knows firsthand the importance of maintaining sibling relationships for children in foster care. Price was separated from her sister until the age of eight. A policy had yet to exist that permitted them to get to know one another like siblings who

Transforming Responsible Fatherhood Practice and Policy

Featured Article: Transforming Responsible Fatherhood Practice and Policy: Bringing Scalability, Sustainability, and Measurability to Father Involvement and Family Strengthening Published in Children's Voice, Volume 23, Number 1, by Kirk E. Harris and David Metler In 2013, CWLA released its National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, which "presents a vision for the future of child

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