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September 2007Vol. 8, No. 8First NSCAW Book

The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) is an ongoing long-term study funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that conducts research on representative samples of children involved with the child welfare system. The focus is on child well-being, development, and outcomes.

Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice is the first book published on the NSCAW study. Recently released, the book details how the study is conducted and includes chapters by national child welfare experts on the implications and insights that NSCAW provides on the problems of children and their families, services and interventions for families, and child outcomes. Chapters cover such topics as:

  • Identifying maltreated children with developmental delays
  • Improvement of parent training
  • Systems integration and access to mental health care
  • Predictors of reunification
  • Predictors of rereports

These chapters provide some lessons learned for child welfare workers and policymakers, and they also suggest new alternatives for future programs that will protect at-risk children and provide them with security and support.

To purchase Child Protection: Using Research to Improve Policy and Practice, by Ron Haskins, Fred Wulczyn, and Mary Bruce Webb (editors), visit the Brookings Institution Press website: