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October 2012Vol. 13, No. 9CW360°: Using a Developmental Approach in Child Welfare

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare and the Center for Education and Early Development at the University of Minnesota partnered for the first-ever fall edition of CW360°. The annual publication provides communities and child welfare and human services professionals with information related to key areas affecting child well-being. This special issue of CW360°, "Using a Developmental Approach in Child Welfare Practice," focuses on from children birth to age 5. Twenty-one articles written by a variety of child welfare and early childhood stakeholders span topics including the following:

  • Research related to early childhood development and maltreatment
  • Federal policy pertaining to young children in the child welfare system
  • Evidence-based and promising practices that address early childhood trauma
  • Examples of innovative cross-system collaborations
  • Strategies for systemic and practice improvements

The article "Opportunities and Challenges in Addressing the Early Years of Children in the Child Welfare System," by Esther Wattenberg, outlines the impact of early childhood trauma on lifelong development and its implications for child welfare policy and practice. "Home Visiting With Families at Risk for Maltreatment: Using Assessment Tools to Help Educate Caregivers" by Mariah Hofmeister, describes her work with a home visiting program, including the program's design, the screening tools that were administered, and the outcomes for the children and families that were served over a 3-year period.

The issue of CW360° is available for download on the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare website: (12 MB)

Related Items

Children's Bureau Express featured previous issues of CW360° in the articles "CW360: Secondary Trauma in Child Welfare" (July 2012) and "Using Technology to Enhance Child Welfare Practice" (June 2011).