Child Welfare Policy & News

The State of America's Children 2020

Children’s Defense Fund

Mar 05, 2020

A society must be judged by how it treats its most vulnerable—and most valuable—members: its children. The State of America’s Children 2020 makes it abundantly clear that by this measure, America is falling shamefully short. Within this report you will find stories, statistics, data and trends that show in the clearest terms how we are failing our children.

For years our country has not lived up to its promise to its children, and as we enter a new decade, the situation for many children is only growing more dire. And as we reach a critical turning point in 2020, when children of color will become the majority of children in America, we are failing these children worst of all.



Parents Under Pressure

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

Feb 25, 2020

Karen Zilberstein is a psychotherapist and author of "Parents Under Pressure: Struggling to Raise Children in an Unequal America." She's also clinical director of the Northampton, Mass., chapter of A Home Within, a national non-profit devoted to providing pro bono therapy to foster care youth and alumni.


Episode 31: Getting Proactive About Child Immigration

NASW Social Work Talks Podcast

May 07, 2019

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes is Senior Vice President of Community Investment at Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan. She has a deep working knowledge of immigration policy issues, and a passion for finding systemic solutions to challenges faced by immigrant and refugee families.


Two new bills would bolster child welfare workforce, help LGBTQ youth

Social Work Blog

Apr 16, 2019

Sen. Kaine (D-VA) introduces Child Welfare Workforce Support Act and Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act.


Place the interests of children in foster care first

Knox News | USA Today Network

Apr 01, 2019

Two Tennessee bills would allow agencies to refuse to serve qualified families because of their faith, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity.


"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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