Parents as Teachers

Parents as Teachers: Using Virtual Technology in Service Delivery to Children and Families who are Vulnerable Published in Children’s Voice, Volume 29, Number 2 by Eric Clark When the COVID-19 pandemic first began ravaging communities and disrupting the lives of families with young children, Parents as Teachers (PAT), an early childhood home visiting program, moved quickly

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


Join CWLA for the first ever National Voter Education Week from October 5th-9th! Voters, especially new voters, should have the tools, information, and confidence they need to cast their ballots. Ensure that your colleagues, friends, family, and youth are #VoteReady for this election. Be sure to check out content from National Voter Education Week. The

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.

Senate Returns Along With Debate on Next COVID-19 Package

The Senate will formally return to Washington this week after the Memorial Day break, joining their House of Representatives counterparts. The House returned last week under rules that allow members to vote under a new proxy voting process. The House passed their HEROES ACT (HR 6800) before the Memorial Day break. Senate Majority Leader Mitch

The CDC Guidance On Reopening

According to an Associated Press (AP) report, the CDC guidance that had a scheduled release on Friday, May 1, 2020, has been blocked by the Administration. According to a Thursday AP report: “The Trump administration shelved a document created by the nation’s top disease investigators with step-by-step advice to local authorities on how and when

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