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Championing the Role of Child Welfare Professionals

Child welfare professionals have a deep and often quiet impact on children’s lives—working to connect families with resources, determining appropriate placements, and responding around the clock to address emergencies.

Building Bridges for Every Child: Reception, Care and Services to Support Unaccompanied Children in the United States

This report offers recommendations for strengthening child-sensitive reception, care and services for unaccompanied children in the United States. Drawing on UNICEF’s global experience, international guidance, and the insights of key stakeholders, the report intends to offer a constructive,...

Characteristics of the Front-Line Child Welfare Workforce

While many studies have evaluated how and why front-line workers choose to leave the child welfare workforce, few sources of data have been available to assess and compare child welfare workforces across jurisdictions and over time. This study describes and makes available a new data source that...

Child Maltreatment in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Proposed Global Framework on Research, Policy and Practice

This paper aims to suggest a framework for risk and protective factors that need to be considered in child protection in its various domains of research, policy, and practice during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Integrating Social Care into the Delivery of Health Care: Moving Upstream to Improve the Nation's Health

Improving social conditions remains critical to improving health outcomes, and integrating social care into health care delivery is more relevant than ever in the context of the pandemic and increased strains placed on the U.S. health care system. The report and its related products ultimately aim...

The Potential of Networks for Families in the Child Protection System: A Systematic Review

There has recently been increased interest in the potential for formal and informal networks to aid interventions with biologic families in helping them achieve reunification in the context of the child protection system. When group support is provided to families, the creation of a network of...

Coming Together During COVID-19: Early Childhood Systems Supporting Families

Across the country, service providers and decisionmakers scrambled to find ways to meet families’ needs in a changed landscape. Among the patchwork of services and programs for young children and their families, a coordinated effort was needed. In this moment of crisis, the value of local early...

COVID-19: Wellbeing and Self Care Resources for Carers and Practitioners

This briefing explores the importance of self-care for parents and carers, while outlining some ‘top-tips’ and helpful resources that can be accessed online. it is important to remember that self-care practices in their varying forms can offer people an important space to focus, process emotions ...

Evidence Base for Avoiding Family Separation in Child Welfare Practice- An analysis of current research

There is a large and growing body of research that demonstrates that early experiences of adversity can have harmful impacts on children’s physical, neurological, and psychological development, with effects that can persist into adulthood. This report will present an overview of the current social...

Taking Care of Yourself

Child welfare work is hard so it is necessary to implement a protective cares framework for taking care of self and others.

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