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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

Mott Haven Academy Charter

Featured Article: Growing a Culture within the Foster Care System Published in Volume 21, Number 1 by Laural Hobbes Studies indicate that on average, a child in the foster care system will trail behind his or her peers academically by at least a grade and a half by the fourth grade. Bill Baccaglini, the executive director of

A Decade to Decriminalize Status Offenses in the Commonwealth

Featured Article: Massachusetts works toward CHINS reform Published in Volume 21, Number 2 by Erin G. Bradley In 1974, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts laid out plans to decriminalize four categories of juvenile offenses--failure to obey the commands of the child's parent, failure to obey the regulations of the child's school, habitual truancy from school, and repeatedly running

Reading, Writing, and Arugula

Featured Article: The expanding role of schools in child nutrition Published iPublished in January/February, 2011 by Amber Healy When President Barack Obama signed the $4.5 billion Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act into law on December 13, he may have changed the lives of millions of children. The bill, which passed the Senate with unanimous consent last summer, reauthorizes

Universities as Community Partners in Child Welfare

Featured Article: How child welfare can benefit from school partnerships Published in March/April, 2011 by Dana Burdnell Wilson and Belinda Smith As the child welfare community establishes and maintains partnerships with universities in service to vulnerable children and families, the benefits of mutual problem solving and enhancing the quality of life for those concerned are evident. The