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April 2005Vol. 6, No. 3Spanish Guide to the Child Welfare System

The eminently readable A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System is now available in Spanish. Written in a question-and-answer format to help families navigate the complexities of the child welfare system, this guide was first published at the end of 2003 and now has been made available in Spanish. Families whose first language is Spanish will be able to find information about such topics as Child Protective Services, service planning, foster care, the court process, and parental rights.

A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System and Guía para la familia sobre el sistema de bienestar infantile are the result of a collaborative effort among child welfare professionals, organizations, and families, including the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development, Technical Assistance Partnership for Child and Family Mental Health at American Institutes for Research, Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Child Welfare League of America, and the National Indian Child Welfare Association. The 140-page Guía is available at (PDF 889 KB).

The English version was first covered last year in Children's Bureau Express ( in "A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System" (May 2004).