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March 27, 2020 | NCCD
With physical distancing in effect, child welfare supervision takes on an added level of importance. Day-to-day child welfare work needs to be done, and workers need structure and support more than ever. New problems and challenges will present themselves as supervisees begin to adjust to the changi…
March 25, 2020 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
How many times have you tried to carry on a video chat with a young child when they abruptly got up and wandered away? Or they didn’t answer your question but stared at you like you’re a character on TV? Or even hung up? Rest assured: This doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in interacting! Video vi…
March 25, 2020 | NCCD
In the current, unprecedented circumstances, child welfare practitioners continue the essential work of partnering with families and communities to ensure child safety.  This document describes ideas from the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) for how to conduct safety assessment and planning und…
March 5, 2020 | Erin Espinosa, PhD
When I was a juvenile probation officer, I struggled with decisions to detain girls, especially when the seriousness of their delinquent behavior was a bit fuzzy. Take one of the first girls I worked with: a 16-year-old picked up by law enforcement and referred to me for running away. Running away f…
February 13, 2020 | NCCD
Girls who access mental health services and/or violate probation are more likely than boys in the same situations to be removed from their homes by the juvenile justice system, finds a recent study by NCCD senior researcher Erin Espinosa, PhD. The study also found that, once removed, girls spend mor…
January 28, 2020 | Sarah Koenig
For Serial: Season Three, producer Emmanuel Dzotsi and I spent more than a year in Cleveland’s criminal courthouse watching ordinary cases, the unflashy proceedings reporters don’t usually pause over: marijuana possession, assault, disorderly conduct. The result was a nine-part series that doesn’t i…
January 15, 2020 | Jill Duerr Berrick
Child protection can seem like an impossible task. Stories about social workers’ over- or underinvolvement typically come from parents or children who experienced a tragic injustice. Too often, accounts from the media characterize caseworkers as either biased baby snatchers or error-prone bureaucrat…
December 4, 2019 | Cynthia Burnson, PhD
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) became law in 2018 to support states in keeping children safely in their homes and out of foster care. To be eligible for this support, states must create a prevention plan listing the programs and services for which they will pursue reimbursement. T…
November 12, 2019 | Phil Decter
The Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) has created a valuable opportunity for states, tribes, and local governments to receive federal reimbursement for programs and services that keep children out of foster care. However, the act relies on child welfare jurisdictions to define eligibility…
November 6, 2019 | Jovan Goodman
The primary goal for all children and families involved in the child welfare system should be reunification. In cases where this isn’t possible—or cannot happen in a reasonable timeframe—options include permanent guardianship with another relative or close family friend and/or adoption. Many factors…