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October 2014Vol. 15, No. 9White Paper Series on Well-Being

In 2012, the Administration on Children, Youth and Families published the information memorandum Promoting Social and Emotional Well-Being for Children and Youth Receiving Child Welfare Services. Building on this guidance, the Children's Bureau published a series of white papers focused on integrating well-being into child welfare practice to effectively achieve safety and permanency for children and families. The series is intended to further the national dialogue on the topic of well-being and how incorporating and emphasizing well-being in child welfare can result in better outcomes for children and families and the overall child welfare system.

The series includes an overview and three separate papers.

  1. The overview presents a historical evolution of child welfare practice from the 1970s through today and the recent emphasis on well-being. Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being: A View From the Field, is available here: (538 KB)
  2. The first paper outlines the domains and indicators of well-being and presents a framework for ensuring the healthy development of young people who have experienced or are at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect. Examples of interventions for this population also are provided. A Comprehensive Framework for Nurturing the Well-Being of Children and Adolescents is available here: (676 KB)
  3. The second paper is centered on the use of evidence-based practices to improve the well-being of children in foster care, specifically trauma screening, clinical assessment, and progress monitoring. Screening, Assessing, Monitoring Outcomes and Using Evidence-Based Practices to Improve the Well-Being of Children in Foster Care is available here: (612 KB)
  4. The third paper presents a case study of a program that has successfully implemented the core aspects of the well-being framework. A Case Example of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Well-Being Frame-work: KIPP is available here: (600 KB)