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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9<i>Journal of Public Child Welfare</i> Debuts

Child welfare professionals employed in public agencies now have a periodical to call their own. The Journal of Public Child Welfare debuted this fall, with Volume 1, Number 1, hitting the library shelves in October. In their opening Letter, Editors Rowena Wilson and Alberta Ellett introduce the charter issue and discuss the journal's goal, which is to inform the field of findings and issues in public child welfare research, practice, and policy.

Articles in the quarterly journal will include quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods theory-based or applied research, literature reviews, policy analyses, and program evaluations focusing on child safety, permanence, and well-being. The first issue provides a good sampling of the topics that will be covered. These articles include:

  • "What Happened? An Historical Analysis of the De-Professionalization of Child Welfare with Implications for Policy and Practice" by Alberta Ellett and Leslie Leighninger
  • "Adolescent Adoption and the Birthfamily" by Lois Wright, Cynthia Flynn, and Wendy Welch
  • "Is Social Work the Best Educational Degree for Child Welfare Practitioners?" by Gail Folaron and Carol Hostetter
  • "Issues in Risk Assessment in Child Protective Services" by Ronald Hughes and Judith Rycus
  • "Child Welfare and the Courts: An Exploratory Study of the Relationship Between Two Complex Systems" by Sarah Carnochan et al.

To find out more about the new Journal of Public Child Welfare, visit the Haworth Press website: