EXTENDED DEADLINE: Childrens Voice Magazine: Call for Special Issue Articles
 CWLA, Universities, and Community Collaborations:  Past, Present, Future

Co-Editors: Dana Burdnell Wilson, PhD, and Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW

Children’s Voice, CWLA’s seasonal magazine for members and the public, publishes a diverse range of views on a wide array of topics. Since 1991, Children’s Voice has sought to encourage discussion and debate among everyone committed to ensuring the well-being of children and families.

Children’s Voice is inviting submissions for a special issue, “CWLA, Universities, and Community Collaborations:  Past, Present, Future.” The issue’s focus will be on partnerships and relationships between and among colleges/universities, child- and family-serving agencies, and/or CWLA to support improved outcomes for children and families through services, policy, and research.

Colleges and universities long have collaborated with community service organizations and agencies, providing internships, model programs, research opportunities, and an exchange of perspectives addressing community needs. CWLA seeks to highlight innovative concepts and ventures where university–community collaborations have revealed positive results, as well as prospects for interdisciplinary alliances in research, policy and practice, uplifting children and families, and enhancing communities.

Manuscripts may be submitted as spotlight reports, commentaries, policy analyses, promising practices, or highlights of advances in research, training, and interdisciplinary relationships. Topics of particular interest include:

  • Using research to inform policies and practices.
  • Preparing social workers and other related professionals for tomorrow’s child welfare practice.
  • Using technology (virtual reality in service delivery, online classes, online internships).
  • Exploring how universities contribute to their communities.
  • Responding to unique issues around intersectionality.
  • Building on CWLA’s 100 years of advocacy in policy and practice.
  • Sharing how crises of major impact, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, change course content and internships going forward; what might be the unintended consequences and commensurate responses?

For example, according to Dr. Lisa Pion-Berlin, president and CEO of Parents Anonymous, “having interns from a school is a win-win for students, agencies, and schools. Interns can be prepared for professional service and, in turn, agencies benefit from the energy and insight that students provide as well as having the opportunity to give back to their professions.”

Children’s Voice has a circulation of approximately 20,000 readers. For university and college faculty seeking opportunities that contribute to advancing tenure, selection for publication in this Special Issue affords an opportunity to add a juried publication to your CV.

Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit brief articles (1,500-1,800 words) as a Word document, double-spaced, with one-inch margins and 12-point font. Use APA 6th Edition style — in-text citations and a References list at the end of your paper.
  • Provide authors’ name(s), degrees, titles, affiliations, and email addresses.
  • Use people-first language (i.e., “children in foster care,” not “foster children”).
  • Submit your article by August 14, 2020 to Rachel Adams, Children’s Voice editor, at RAdams@cwla.org.

Questions? Please contact Special Issue Co-Editors Professor Dana Burdnell Wilson, PhD (Dana.Wilson@Morgan.edu), Professor Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW (eileen.pasztor@csulb.edu), or Children’s Voice editor Rachel Adams (RAdams@cwla.org).