Launched in 1922, this scholarly, peer-reviewed journal keeps readers abreast of the special problems facing millions of children, families, parents, caregivers, and the child welfare professionals who serve them. Child Welfare links the latest findings in child welfare and related research with the best practice, policy, and program development into one innovative resource equally indispensable to child welfare and associated professionals.

Child Welfare is published every other month. Typically, two of the six issues published per year focus on specific topics (see Special Issues); submissions for these issues are largely by invitation of the special issue editor(s).

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To submit an article, see the Submissions link below. Allow at least two months for the peer review process. Authors are notified of the results of the review by email. Publication of an article does not imply endorsement of the author’s opinions; differences of opinion are welcome. Please review our Terms and Conditions.