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Dec/Jan 2007Vol. 7, No. 9Impact of Caseworker Visits on Outcomes

The potential of child welfare caseworker visits to promote positive outcomes for children and families is the focus of a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL). Child Welfare Caseworker Visits With Children and Parents: Innovations in State Policy, explores the lessons learned by States through the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs). Evidence from these reviews shows a strong positive association between quality and frequency of caseworker visits and the ability of agencies to promote safety, provide services, and engage parents and children in planning permanency outcomes.

The report also offers strategies for legislators interested in supporting child welfare agency administrators in enhancing the quality and frequency of those visits through improvements in State law, policy, and funding.

The report is available on the NCSL website:

Related Items

Children's Bureau Express ( last covered the topic of caseworker visitation in the following articles:

  • "Standards for Caseworker Visits With Children in Foster Care" (March 2006)
  • "Guidelines for Caseworkers' Family Access and Visitation" (April 2005)
  • "Curriculum for Caseworker-Child Visits" (March 2005)