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March 2013Vol. 14, No. 2Journal of Family Strengths Celebrates CB

The Journal of Family Strengths (formerly, Family Preservation Journal) honored the Children's Bureau centennial with a special issue focused on the Bureau's 100-year history of work strengthening families and protecting the nation's children. Among other topics, articles are focused on the Bureau's efforts to promote family engagement and the impact of title IV-E training on the outcomes of children and families who receive child welfare services.

The article "Developing a Framework for Child Welfare Supervision" highlights the findings from a 5-year Children’s Bureau-funded project at the University of Iowa School of Social Work in collaboration with the Iowa Department of Human Services to improve recruitment and retention of workers in public child welfare. The University of Iowa's training project developed, implemented, and evaluated a curriculum for all supervisors and midlevel managers.

The article describes the framework for child welfare supervision, how the framework supports strength-based, culturally competent family-centered practice, the 5-year implementation process, and evaluation results regarding knowledge gain and rates of worker retention. Additional lessons learned from model replications are also presented.

The Journal of Family Strengths is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal produced by the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute in partnership with the Center for Family Strengths at the University of Houston-Downtown and the Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.  

The article, "Developing a Framework for Child Welfare Supervision," by Miriam Landsman and Lisa D'Aunno, is available here:

Journal of Family Strengths, Special Issue: Centennial of the Children's Bureau is available here:

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As part of the Children's Bureau's centennial celebration, the seventh of eight topical webinars took place on February 21. A transcript and presentation slides for "Taking Risk With Risk: Examining the Conflict Between Children's Rights and Parents' Rights in Child Welfare," will soon be available on the Children's Bureau's centennial website:

The final historical and topical webinars will take place later this month. Visit the centennial website for updates and registration links.