• July/August 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 7

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New CW360º Focuses on Well-Being

The spring 2014 issue of CW360º, an online publication of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota, focuses on the theme "Attending to Well-Being in Child Welfare." More than 30 articles written by a variety of child welfare professionals—including an article from JooYeun Chang, Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau—and other related stakeholders highlight current research and policy on well-being and unresolved trauma.

Chang's article, "Cross-System Challenges With a Well-Being Focus in Child Welfare: On the Way to Fixing What's Broken," highlights the historical lack of equal emphasis on well-being as a goal within child welfare policy and practice, compared to those goals of safety and permanence. She also discusses the increased focus on cross-agency collaboration within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to address trauma, toxic stress, and adverse life experiences. Particular attention is paid to current trauma-focused discretionary grants and work supporting the successful transition of older youth in foster care. Joyce Pfennig, Children's Bureau Child Welfare Program Specialist, authored a separate article on the trauma grants titled "ACF 2012 Trauma Grants: An Overview."

Other articles in this issue include the following:

  • "Well-Being: Federal Attention and Implications"
  • "Defining and Measuring Well-Being"
  • "The Child Indicators Movement"
  • "Practical Ways to Promote Well-Being Among Traumatized Children in Child Welfare"
  • "One Size Does NOT Fit All"

CW360º: Attending to Well-Being in Child Welfare is available on the CASCW website:

http://cascw.umn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CW360_Spring2014_WEB.pdf (1 MB)

CASCW recently redesigned its website, and previous issues of CW360º and other publications can now be found here:


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Children's Bureau Express featured previous issues of CW360º in the following articles:

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