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August/September 2002Vol. 3, No. 7Call for Abstracts for Special Issue of the Child Welfare Journal

The National Council on Research in Child Welfare will devote a special issue of Child Welfare to the evidence base in child welfare and the role of evidence in improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. The issue, to be published in September/October 2003, will be organized by themes that are consistent with the Federally mandated areas of safety, permanency, and child and family well-being. The proposed special issue will include collaborative research with service providers that has led to demonstrable changes in practice and improved outcomes for children, youth, and families.

Those interested in having an article published are invited to submit an abstract. Nine to eleven papers in APA style of 12 to 15 double-spaced pages (including tables, figures, and references) will be published. Abstracts of 200 to 250 words will be accepted in the following two categories:

  • Programs and/or practices that have conducted evaluation processes using research methodology to obtain evidence regarding the effectiveness of the programs and/or practices.
  • Evidence that has been incorporated into decision-making processes to change service delivery and/or practice with the goal of improving outcomes for children, youth, and/or families.

The deadline for the receipt of abstracts is September 1, 2002. Three copies of the abstracts should be sent to:

Margo Coleman, Ph.D.
Child Welfare League of America
50 F Street, 6th Floor
Washington, DC 20001

Abstracts should also be emailed as a Microsoft Word attachment to Authors of submitted abstracts will be notified to submit a paper to Child Welfare by October 15, 2002; papers will be due by December 1, 2002.

For more information, contact Dr. Margo Coleman at 202-942-0304 or