The trauma and harm to families and communities caused by intrusive child welfare system interventions is well documented by multiple sources - to the degree that many argue the system can be more accurately viewed as the family policing system, family regulation system, or foster care industrial complex. In our paper It Is Not a Broken System, It Is a System That Needs to be Broken, we outline research that shows that the act of forcible separation of children from their parents is a source of significant and lifelong trauma.

Imprint - October 14, 2020 CLICK HERE

The Launchpads program was in development before the world heard of the coronavirus and its deadly aftermath further imperiled foster youth's access to jobs and stable housing. The community-hosting model is not a new concept in the human services field. If things go well, Launchpads aims to find transitional housing for 50 youth in the next two years and then perhaps expand beyond the Bay Area. Imprint - October 14, 2020  CLICK HERE

Monday, 12 October 2020 12:57

Missing Child Clearinghouses [Webpage].

Missing child clearinghouses are organizations providing resources for missing children, their families and the professionals who serve them. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Canada and the Netherlands have a missing child clearinghouse.

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children maintains a liaison with each missing child clearinghouse and helps ensure they are familiar with the many resources available through NCMEC. NCMEC provides missing child clearinghouses with training, technical assistance and vital information and other resources to help them with missing child cases. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 2020  CLICK HERE

This webpage explains the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) is releasing a five-part series of interactive virtual meetings from June through August 2020, intended to examine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the State and federal policy responses to the pandemic in the child welfare system. Specifically, the virtual meetings address: a national perspective on child welfare during the COVID-19 pandemic; supporting the child welfare workforce; understanding the needs of foster and kinship caregivers; child welfare placements in an uncertain time; and improving outcomes of older youth in child welfare. Links are provided to videotapes of the meetings and to additional resources on COVID-19 and child welfare services. National Conference of State Legislatures CLICK HERE

Wednesday, 09 September 2020 13:04

Educational Supports for Youth in Foster Care

This factsheet discusses laws that require child welfare agencies to make reasonable efforts to provide services that will help families remedy the conditions that brought the child and family into the child welfare system. The issues examined include what constitutes reasonable efforts, when reasonable efforts are required to be made, and the circumstances under which reasonable efforts to reunify the family are not required. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included. Child Welfare Information Gateway CLICK HERE

Click the attachment to read the Executive Order issued on June 24, 2020 concerning the Child Welfare System.

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ABA Journal - August 13, 2019
Resolution 115C, declaring that the Indian Child Welfare Act is constitutional, was easily approved by the ABA House of Delegates on Tuesday. The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed in 1978 to address the fact that states remove Indian children from their parents at high rates. Because those children were not often placed with members of their own tribes, that high rate was hurting tribes' ability to pass on their cultures to the next generation.

Also: Editorial: ICWA ruling a victory for tribes:


We want to share this quick 5-minute overview with you about the Child Safety: A Guide for Judges and Attorneys that was co-authored by Jennifer Renne and Theresa Roe-Lund. We use this textbook and the bench cards in our Safety Decision Making courses that we host in Louisiana. We offer a one-hour webinar and a 6 hour class periodically. Click for the video link.

Thursday, 23 August 2018 12:46

Data Sharing: Courts and Child Welfare

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) offers this technical assistance guidance to courts and child welfare agencies to assist and support the creation of automated, bi-directional (two-way) data exchanges between their respective information systems. This document summarizes the benefits of data exchanges, identifies data categories to consider in data-sharing agreements, provides tips for overcoming common challenges, and highlights examples of successfully operating state and locally administered data exchanges. The information and recommendations herein do not establish requirements or supersede existing laws or official guidance.

Link to guide.

Published in Data & Technology
Monday, 19 February 2018 11:40

Rural Child Welfare Practice

This issue brief highlights the importance of understanding the concerns and needs of children and families in rural communities, their strengths and resources, and the cultural sensitivity required of child welfare professionals as they work to achieve safety, permanency, and well-being for rural children.

Rural Child Welfare Practice

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