Child Welfare Issues


- How the Child Welfare System Works Nine page handout from the Child Welfare Information Gateway. What’s Inside: What happens when possible abuse or neglect is reported, what happens after a report is "screened in," what happens in substantiated (founded) cases, what happens to parents, what happens to children, additional resources & appendix: the Child Welfare System.

-Foster America Organization committed to changing the child welfare system and making a difference for our nation's most vulnerable children. Website has many resources to help you become more acquainted with child welfare history, data, evidence, and points of controversy that influence the field.






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- NH Child Welfare & Opioid Addiction - Part 1: Striking a Balance of Protection, Treatment Prenatal exposure to drugs, parental drug use, infants at risk, review of Senate Bill 515, state statistics.

- NH Child Welfare & Opioid Addiction - Part 2: System Strain: Impacts on Foster Care & the Courts Increasing caseloads, children's voices in court, the cost of foster care and state and local statistics.

- Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services 2012 Information Memorandum from the USDHHS to explain Administration on Children, Youth and Families priority to promote social and emotional well-being for children and youth receiving child welfare services, and to encourage child welfare agencies to focus on improving the behavioral and social-emotional outcomes for children who have experienced abuse and/or neglect.

- The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has developed tools and materials for building skills and increasing knowledge about childhood trauma to help child welfare administrators, caseworkers, frontline staff, other mental health personnel, and caregivers understand and respond to the needs of traumatized children.


- Applying the Science of Child Development in Child Welfare Systems The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University shows how the science of child development can be leveraged to strengthen and improve the public child welfare system so that it can better support the children, families, and communities it serves.

- IntegratIng Safety, Permanency and Well-Being Series A comprehensive framework for nurturing the well-being of of children and Adolescents.

- Invisible Children and Kids At Risk Action (KARA) Book and newsletter by Michael Tikkanen (former GAL) who describes how our institutions act as enablers of child abuse and outlines practical polices and programs to improve the lives of abused and neglected children. Sign up for his weekly newsletter or contact KARA to support their efforts for improved child protection/child abuse record keeping, more accountability & transparency, better policies, and always having the interests of children at the forefront of the decision makers ruling their young lives


.- Foster & Kinship Parent Recruitment and Support Best Practice Inventory Report that presents consensus from the field about the key steps needed to find and keep amazing kin and non-kin foster parents. It includes approaches that are both innovative and practical, and can be easily adapted to suit agencies that acknowledge foster parents as the backbone of a system that helps children grow in to healthy and productive adults.

- Alia Organization that recognizes that children cannot thrive without also healing the grief and loss that come after separation from a caregiver, and the wellbeing of caregivers can have lasting effects. Alia's goal is to transform the U.S. Child welfare system and create a well-being transformation so all youth in foster care are able to thrive. Alia's work implements full-system well being that provides leaders, staff, foster parents, and youth new tools to understand trauma and to promote healing.

- Court Improvement Training Academy Sounding board commentaries evolving leadership to promote justice in child welfare. Mr. Dee Wilson who has worked in child welfare for over 30 years writes and speaks on a wide range of CPS subjects, including the need for cultural change and foster care.

- Factors Affecting Permanency Outcomes for Foster Children Before and After Passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 Considerable research has examined the numerous factors that affect how children enter and exit the child welfare system. This study examines the emotional and behavioral functioning and permanency outcomes of a sample of children placed in specialized foster care who left care before and after passage of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997.

- Creating a Permanence Driven Organization: A Guidebook for Change in Child Welfare Compilation and summary  of advancements in trauma-effective practices and the implementation of evidence-informed practices and tools. A guidebook that examines child welfare practices that significantly diminishes the systemic re-traumatization of children and youth that occurs through multiple out-of-home placements and significantly diminishes the need for temporary, stranger, or shift-staffed out-of-home care of all types.

- Determining the Best Interests of the Child This factsheet discusses State laws that present the factors that courts need to consider when making decisions about a child's appropriate custody and care. Factors to be considered include parental capacity to provide adequate care, sibling and other family relationships, and the child's wishes. The factsheet also addresses the definition of best interests and guiding principles of best interest determinations. Summaries of laws for all States and U.S. territories are included.

- What are some of the strategies being used to reunite families with substance use disorders? For families in treatment and recovery, reunification within federal timelines can be achieved if the proper interventions and system supports are in place. Child welfare agencies can take steps to align workforce and financial resources, as well as work across systems, in order to
coordinate services.

General Disclaimer: Thank you for visiting the FOSTERING CHANGE: Alliance for NH Foster Parents website. The information on this site is for personal and educational purposes only. Our organization disclaims any liability or responsibility arising from the usage or the content of our website or any suggestions from an Alliance representative. Please be sure to double check any referenced laws, rules or regulations as they may have been revised or eliminated. The Child Protection Act RSA 169-C mandates that any person who has reason to suspect that a child is being  abused, neglected, maltreated or exploited must make a report to the proper authorities.  All citizens in the state of NH are mandated as reporters for 169-C , therefore let it be known that  any information that is shared with an Alliance representative, which must be reported within the context of the law in accordance with 169-C, will be reported. If you know a child at risk, please call 9-1-1 and/or the DCYF Central Intake Hotline immediately at: 1-800-894-5533. 

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