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Impact of COVID-19 on child welfare practice and implications for future practice: perspectives from youth, family, frontline workers, and other professionals

The COVID−19 pandemic has impacted child welfare practice and outcomes. This study examines the perspectives of families and professionals on child welfare practice during the COVID−19 pandemic. Qualitative data from feedback surveys and focus groups were used to provide a comprehensive examination...

How Peer Support Can Reduce Burnout and Improve Worker Well-Being

Child welfare workers experience burnout at a higher rate than other helping professions. Burnout increases the likelihood of turnover. Creating a work environment where peer support thrives can mitigate burnout, improve worker well-being, and reduce turnover. This infographic, from the U.S...

Centering Child Welfare Worker Well-being

Workers are the heart of the child welfare system. By centering their well-being, organizations are better able to support children and families. This infographic from the U.S. National Child Welfare Workforce Institute describes how child welfare organizations can center child welfare worker well-...

Reflecting on racial equity and prevention-focused systems discussion guide

Changing child welfare practice and culture to advance racial equity begins by talking openly. Listening to diverse experiences and ideas and using appreciative inquiry can help teams generate solutions for removing barriers to equity for families, children, and communities.

Podcast: In-Home Restorative Justice

Restorative justice is an approach that focuses on collaboration between the offender and the community. It requires the offender to accept responsibility for their decisions and the impact of their offenses on the victim and the community. For juvenile offenders who are involved in both the...

Court Improvement Programs: Collaboration Between Child Welfare Agencies and Legal and Judicial Communities

The U.S. Court Improvement Program provides Federal funds to State and Tribal courts to support efforts to improve child welfare court practices, including collaboration between courts and child welfare agencies. This factsheet from the U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway focuses on...

Preparing Future Social Workers for Data-Driven Practice: A Panel Discussion with Universities in Moldova and the US

On May 31, 2023, Data for Impact (D4I) hosted a webinar on preparing future social workers for data-driven practice. This webinar was presented in English and Romanian, with simultaneous interpretation. Use of data is indispensable in today’s social work practice.

Separating Poverty From Neglect in Child Welfare

This brief, from the U.S. Child Welfare Information Gateway, explores what the research shows about the overlap among families experiencing poverty and those reported to the child welfare system for neglect, the societal context within which both poverty and neglect exist, and strategies that have...

A Look Inside Sharing Power in Child Welfare: A Podcast

This podcast series, by the U.S. Center for States' Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative, is by and about people with lived experience in child welfare and about their partnerships with leaders within child welfare agencies.