Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Placement Stability: A New Resource from the University of Minnesota

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota's School of Social Work produces an annual publication called CW360 . Each edition of the journal takes a comprehensive look at one prevalent issue in child welfare in order to provide communities, child welfare professionals and others in the human services the latest research in one key area affecting child well-being. The spring 2010 edition is on promoting placement stability for children and youth in out-of-home-care.

The journal is divided into three sections; overview, practice, and collaborations and perspectives. The overview section includes articles on the research supporting placement stability as well as articles on related federal policy. The practice section includes articles about evidence-based and promising practice in achieving placement stability. The final section, on collaboration and perspectives, includes articles written by child welfare stakeholders and includes the perspectives of professionals, families and children. This issue also includes quotes from four teens that were provided through interviews conducted by Family Alternatives.

For policymakers considering policy initiatives aimed at placement stability this journal is a great resource.

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