10 Key Resources for Child Welfare Professionals

Posted May 1, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Resources for child welfare professionals to support the needs of kids and families.

Child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als play a crit­i­cal role in help­ing chil­dren and fam­i­lies thrive. The resources list­ed below — select­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Child Wel­fare Strat­e­gy Group — are focused on help­ing the experts excel in this impor­tant work.

Check out…

Keep­ing the Con­ver­sa­tion Alive
A hand­out that tells child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als, care­givers and oth­er car­ing adults what they can do to help con­nect youth in fos­ter care to a per­ma­nent family.

Engag­ing Kin­ship Care­givers with Joseph Crumbley
A five-part train­ing series designed to help child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als bet­ter under­stand and address the unique needs of rel­a­tive caregivers.

Every Kid Needs a Fam­i­ly: Advice to Caseworkers
A short video cre­at­ed to inspire and ener­gize case­work­ers around the crit­i­cal task of con­nect­ing teens in fos­ter care with a family.

The Road to Adulthood
A report from the Foun­da­tion’s Jim Casey Youth Oppor­tu­ni­ties Ini­tia­tive lever­ages the lat­est find­ings on ado­les­cent brain devel­op­ment to help child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als, care­givers and sys­tems bet­ter serve youth who are in or exit­ing from fos­ter care.

Nation­al LGBTQ Cur­ric­u­la and Train­ing Materials
A web­page link­ing to more than two dozen resources aimed at help­ing child wel­fare stake­hold­ers bet­ter under­stand and sup­port LGBTQ youth.

It Mat­ters a Lot”
A blog post, writ­ten by an adop­tion recruiter in Ohio, that under­scores the impor­tance of keep­ing sib­lings togeth­er in fos­ter care.

Treat­ing Child­hood Trauma
A sto­ry by 60 Min­utes” and Oprah Win­frey that explores the reper­cus­sions of child­hood trau­ma and the meth­ods used to help kids who have expe­ri­enced trauma.

Group Care for Chil­dren and Adolescents
A state­ment, issued by a pan­el of men­tal health experts and endorsed by the Amer­i­can Orthopsy­chi­atric Association’s board of direc­tors, rec­om­mend­ing fam­i­ly care as the best option for kids in fos­ter care.

Address­ing Sec­ondary Trau­ma Stress Among Child Wel­fare Staff
An issue brief and com­ple­men­tary par­tic­i­pant man­u­al focused on help­ing child wel­fare pro­fes­sion­als build resilien­cy and mit­i­gate the impact of sec­ondary trau­ma stress.

Strong Fam­i­lies
A review of strate­gies geared toward reunit­ing fam­i­lies after chil­dren have been removed from a home due to parental sub­stance abuse.

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