Child Welfare Policy & News

"Instant Family" shows challenges and joys of foster care, adoption

Social Workers Speak

Nov 14, 2018

The film covers all the stages foster parents go through. The honeymoon period when the children first come to a new home and revel in their new rooms and toys. The trauma and anger that can prompt children who are in foster care to act out and disrespect their foster parents. The issues that occur when parents foster and adopt children of different races or cultures. And the patience and love that is needed when new families are created through adoption.

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Childhood trauma brings its own health problems for foster families

Washington Post

Sep 01, 2018

With more than 430,000 kids in foster care in the United States and a decline in the number of available beds in licensed foster homes, the real reason for the shortage of foster parents may stem from a concerns about caring for a child who has been through severe trauma.

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Priest Sex Scandal: Social Work Experts Urge Patience with Survivors of Abuse

Social Workers Speak

Aug 23, 2018

It’s happened again—another revelation that priests have been abusing children and the Catholic church covered it up is being reported in the news. How should social workers address this issue?

The first thing social workers must do is take victims seriously.

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Digital Devices and Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Social Work Advocates

Aug 15, 2018

Most youth are not addicted to technology. If anything, they are addicted to each other. But parents need to know what technology is on their childrens’ phones and how they are using that information.

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Immigration in Crisis

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Jul 06, 2018

This podcast episode explores the crisis currently brewing around immigration in the United States, specifically related to the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy and to children separated from their families at our southern border.

The guests are Melvin H. Wilson, LCSW, NASW's Manager of Social Justice & Human Rights, and Guadalupe G. Lara, LMSW, NASW Board of Directors Member-at-Large.

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How To Help Immigrant Children Separated from Family


Jun 17, 2018

There are a number of ways that social workers can help immigrants who have been separated from their families. We created a tip sheet so you can easily access the options and find ways that might work for you.

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