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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

CWLA Statement: We Stand with the Asian American Community

The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) expresses it deep concern and dismay about the increased violence and number of hate crimes targeted at the Asian American population.  The murders in Georgia on Tuesday, March 16 are only the latest and most dramatic instances. We stand with the Asian American community across the country in our

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

Partnering to Improve Child Welfare in New Jersey

Partnering to Improve Child Welfare in New Jersey Published in Children's Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 by Dawn Konrady and DuWayne Battle A number of years ago, I walked from my office to the parking lot that was at the opposite end of campus. Standing there, I wondered about the role and responsibility a university

Valuing Collaboration

Valuing Collaboration: An Innovative Model to Improve Health Care Services in a Child Welfare Agency Published in Children's Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 by Audrey Smolkin, Linda Sagor, and Jessica Coolidge  It has been a common practice for decades for state governments to establish partnerships with their university systems for training and workforce development, support

The Impact of COVID-19 on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren

The Impact of COVID-19 on Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Preserving their Resilience and Establishing a University-Community Partnership Reassurance Program Published in Children's Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 by Robert L. Cosby Economic insecurity and its negative effect on family well-being is an area of increasing concern. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic only has exacerbated these issues (Cosby

Twenty Years of Collaboration for Change

Twenty Years of Collaboration for Change: A University-Community Partnership to Support Rural Kinship Families Published in Children's Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 By Jennifer A. Crittenden, Elizabeth Armstrong, Travis Bryant, and Bette Hoxie The benefits of university-community partnerships are well documented in the literature and include a range of impacts, from learning opportunities for students

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