Moving Child Welfare Forward
Achieving Positive Outcomes for Children, Youth and Families
Class One: An Overview of Child Welfare in America
- Class outline, logistics, requirements and expectations
on American child welfare: past, present and future
federal legislation impacting child welfare
When this class is complete, the student should
be able to:
- Identify the major economic factors, policies, legislation
and social trends that influenced the development of child
welfare in America
- Explain the purpose and major requirements
of recent child welfare laws
- Understand the overall outline
of the course.
- Read and be prepared to discuss in class
Uniting Welfare and Child Welfare: The
El Paso County Department of Human Services (Source: Harvard University, Kennedy School
of Government, case number C16-03-1701.0.)
- Go to the Administration
on Children and Families website (http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/),
select and review a recent piece of federal legislation relating
to the field of child welfare and develop a one-page fact sheet
on the major requirements of the selected legislation.
Suggested in class activities
- Bernstein, N. (2001) The Lost Children
of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care. New
York: Vintage Books. Part One. This book tells the story of
life story and the struggles she faced with the child protective
- Cohen, Neil, A. (2000). Child Welfare:
A Multicultural Focus. 2nd Ed. Chapters 1 and 2: Child Welfare: A Generalist
Perspective and Child Welfare History in the United States.
Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon, pp 1 -40. Provides an historical
view of the social, political and economic forces that shaped
current child welfare practice, policies, legislation and systems.
Cynthia. (2002). Understanding Child Abuse
and Neglect. 5th
Ed. Chapter 19: Toward a Better Tomorrow. Boston, MA: Allyn and
Bacon, pp. 417-429. Discusses societal and system changes needed
to more fully address the problem of child abuse and neglect.
Supplemental Reference Material
- American Public Human Services Association. (2000).
States at Work: Implementing the Adoption
and Safe Families Act, Parts I-III. Washington, D.C.
L.J. (1997). Why the Need for the Indian Child Welfare Act? Journal
of Multi-Cultural Social Work, 5, 165-175.
- Oklahoma Department of Human Services. 2001 MEPA.
Time: 29:58. Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Children
and Family Services Division.
- www.acf.dhhs.gov/ provides
information about the Administration for Children and Families
(ACF) which is a federal agency funding state, territory, local,
and tribal organizations to provide family assistance (welfare),
child support, child care, Head Start, child welfare, and other
programs relating to children and families.
- www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/fysb/ provides
information about the Family and Youth Services Bureau which
supports local communities in providing services and opportunities
to young people.
- http://muskie.usm.maine.edu/helpkids/ provides
information about the National Child Welfare Resource Center
for Organizational Improvement, including child welfare publications, teleconferences
and other resources.
- www.rom.ku.edu University of
Kansas School of Social Welfare, web-based training on results
oriented management, Section1: Policy Context for Child Welfare
Practice reviews the policies and legislation that serve
as a foundation for today’s child