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January/February 2001Vol. 2, No. 1National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice Launches New Periodical

Best Practice/Next Practice is the title of a new biannual publication from the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice.

The first issue, published in Summer 2000, focuses on the theme of family-centered child welfare: what it is, what it is not, and challenges faced in its delivery. The issue spotlights the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) and shows how new rules implementing the legislation call for both safety and family-centered practice in service requirements. The periodical also points out that administrative timetables, which expedite permanency planning, may conflict with family-centered best practice. Another article explains the Children's Bureau's new Child and Family Services Review (CSFR), a results-oriented approach to measuring child welfare outcomes.

The Fall 2000 issue focuses on family-centered service innovation in community collaboratives or community partnerships in child welfare. The characteristics and complexities of these partnerships are described, as well as the potential for using them to implement ASFA. According to the authors, community partnerships create child welfare practice that is "proactive, integrated, partnership-oriented, and empowering" with services that are accessible for families. Community partnership examples from Florida, Massachusetts, and Illinois are profiled.

Each issue lists and reviews resources related to family-centered practice. The upcoming Spring issue will focus on the ways in which public systems are creating the capacity to tailor their responses to each families' needs.

For questions or to contribute an article, contact:
Best Practice/Next Practice
1150 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202-638-7922
Fax: 202-628-3812