Reconnecting Child Development and Child Welfare (Summary)
In 2012, child development experts from around the globe joined forces to discuss ways to improve current child welfare services. This 2-page report offers a concise list of the group’s recommendations, which are grounded in research and aimed at elevating one familiar cause: The futures of our children.
In This Report, You’ll Learn
6 ways to enhance current child welfare practices.
3 tips for improving child welfare interventions.
What to do—and not do—when moving a child through a system.
How to decide when family care is the right intervention.
Key Takeaway Residential facilities are a poor substitute for family
The advice from the experts? Improve child welfare outcomes by: 1. Expanding what we know about child development and permanence; 2. Reducing the number of children living in residential care; and 3. Developing intervention practices that better serve the needs of children and parents.
Findings & Stats
Where a child is placed is critical. Deciding where to place a child is dependent upon many factors, but taking certain actions can immediately improve this process.
Practices need to be based on the specific needs of children in the system. By understanding the overarching stages a child may be in, agencies can more effectively respond to a child's needs.
Building a Better Toolbox
3 tools you can implement right away to make your agency more successful.
Where is This Coming From?
These recommendations are research-based results from an August 2012 conference of international child development experts convened by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Youth Law Center.