• May/June 2001
  • Vol. 2, No. 3

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Children's Bureau Publishes New Guide to Child Welfare Practice After ASFA

Since its enactment in 1997, the Adoption and Safe Families Act continues to influence and shape the nation's efforts to ensure the safety, permanent placement, and well-being of children. A new guide from the Children's Bureau can help practitioners navigate the still-unfolding landscape of the child welfare field after ASFA.

Rethinking Child Welfare Practice Under the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 covers:

  • An overview of ASFA
  • Implications of ASFA for service delivery
  • Principles and key elements of "good" child welfare practice
  • Rethinking casework functions under ASFA.

The Guide is based on the findings of an advisory group comprised of child welfare practitioners, social work educators, representatives of child welfare organizations and advocacy groups, and Federal staff. The group was asked to:

  • Discuss the challenges to, and opportunities for, improving child welfare practice
  • Develop practice guidelines incorporating ASFA as the framework.

The Guide is designed for use by professionals working in all components of the child welfare system as well as other agencies and community-based organizations who work with families in the child welfare system. In particular, the Guide will be useful to trainers, administrators, program managers, and supervisors.

To order a print copy, contact: National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice
1150 Connecticut Ave., NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 800-628-8442
Fax: 202-628-3812
Email: info@cwresource.org

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