Child Welfare Resources
The Center no longer maintains a collection of child welfare related print materials. The following websites are frequently updated and are recommended for students, faculty and staff interested in child welfare research, policy and practice. If you know of a website not listed below that you would like added, please contact Jackie Heytens at 218-726-7854.
[Child Well-Being] [General Child Welfare] [Child Welfare Best Practices] [Prevention] [Indian Child Welfare]
[Child Welfare Articles]
Kids Count is Annie E. Casey Foundation’s national and state wide major initiative to track the status of children in the United States.
US Census Bureau is a leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.
Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.
The Child Policy International Clearinghouse provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs.
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General Child Welfare
Child Welfare Information Gateway consolidates and expands upon the services formerly provided by the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse. Topics include: family-centered practice, preventing and responding to child abuse and neglect, supporting and preserving families, out-of-home care, achieving and maintaining permanency, adoption and system wide issues and information.
Children Now is a nonpartisan, independent voice for children. This site provides asccess to Children Now publications, policy papers, press material, and current information from the state and federal governments on children's issues.
Childhelp USA is a website that abused children can use to access help.
Coalition For America's Children is an alliance of national, state and local non-profit organizations working to call attention to the serious obstacles impending children's well-being and to boost children's concerns to the top of public policy agendas.
Child Abuse and Neglect Clearing House is a repository for reports and studies covering various aspects of child maltreatment. More products may be available than are described here.
California Child Welfare Resource Library was founded to provide up-to-date educational materials for knowledge and skill building to the state's schools of social work, the county public child welfare agencies and the regional training academies and centers to promote best practices and advocate for families and children who use the child welfare system.
The Child Policy International Clearinghouse provides cross-national, comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in the advanced industrialized countries to address child, youth, and family needs
The Minnesota Department of Human Services touches the lives of one in four Minnesotans with a variety of services intended to help people live as independently as possible. DHS is the state's largest agency.
Children's Justice Initiative (CJI) is a collaboration between the Minnesota Judicial Branch and the Minnesota Department of Human Services. The purpose of the initiative is for these two state entities to work closely with the local juvenile courts, social services agencies, county attorneys, public defenders, court administrators, guardians ad litem, tribes, and other key stakeholders in each of Minnesota's 87 counties to improve the processing of child protection cases and the outcomes for abused and neglected children.
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Child Welfare Best Practices
Signs of Safety is an innovative strengths-based, safety-organized approach to child protection casework, created in Western Australia. Signs of Safety model is an approach created by practitioners, based on what they know works with difficult cases.
Systems of Care is an approach to services that recognizes the importance of family, school and community, and seeks to promote the full potential of every child and youth by addressing their physical, emotional, intellectual, cultural and social needs.
First Witness The mission of First Witness Child Abuse Resource Center is to strengthen community responses to child abuse. First Witness provides support for the investigation and assessment of child abuse cases, in addition to providing nationally recognized educational training for professionals.
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Child Abuse Prevention Network is a nerve center for professionals in the field of child abuse and neglect. This site provides unique and useful tools for workers to support the identification, investment, treatment, prevention and adjudication of child abuse.
Prevention Yellow Pages is a worldwide directory of programs, research, references and resources dedicated to the prevention of youth problems and the promotion of nurturing children.
The National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse (NCPCA) publishes booklets and brochures on a variety of topics such as parenting, child development, children with special needs and parent support group programs. They focus on prevention programs, research, education training, advocacy, and prevention piolets.
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) The mission of CAPA is to prevent and treat all forms of child abuse by creating changes in individuals, families and society which strengthen relationships and promote healing. This site gives a brief history of CAPA as well as ideas for abuse prevention programs.
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse is a clearing house for many types of abuse and prevention issues, including child abuse.
Committee for Children provides award-winning classroom curriculla for the prevention of child abuse and youth violence; we also offer training and parent education, and conduct original research.
Child Maltreatment Prevention: Toward an Evidence-Based Approach was published in November 2009 by the Institute for Research on Poverty. This guide contains information regarding child maltreatment intervention and prevention iin a varitey of settings. These interventions include center-based parenting interventions, social support interventions, social awarness campaigns, nursing home interventions, school interventions, and juvenilel sex offender programs.
Women’s Info Gateway provides crucial information about violence, abuse, harassment, bullying, etc.
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Indian Child Welfare
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has served hundreds of American Indian tribes throughout the country by helping to strengthen and enhance their capacity to deliver quality child welfare services.
Native Child gives information about Head Start programs and curriculums available based in Native Culture.
Amendments to the Indian Child Welfare Act regarding Indian Family Doctrine gives the latest infromation on the laws regarding Indian Child Welfare in MN.
The National Congress of American Indians works to inform the public and Congress on the governmental rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
The Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare advocates for families who have lost or are at risk of losing children due to misapplication and sometimes illegal application of Indian Law.
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Child Welfare Articles
Administration for Children and Families (2006). Tribal Programs Harness Cultural Strengths to Imporve Conditions for Families and Youth. (DHHS publication). Washington, D.C.
Capriccioso, R. (2010, Jan. 12). Native Kids' Well-Being Lags Behind Other Races. Indian Country Today. Retrieved from http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/living/27096659.html
Carter, J., & Schechter, S. (2007). Child Abuse and Domestic Violence: Creating Community Partnerships For Safe Families. Family Violence Prevention Fund. Retrieved from Http//www.mincava.umn.edu/link/documents/fvpf1/fvpf1.shtml
Conway, T., & Hutson, R. Q. (2007). Is Kinship Care Good for Kids? Center for Law and Social Policy. Retrieved from http//www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/0347.pdf
Darling, S. (2008). Family Must Be a Part of the Solution in Closing the Achievement Gap. The Clearing House. A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues, and Ideas, 81(6), 245-246
Jung, A. (2008, May 1). Children Behind Bars for Life. ColorLines. Retrieved from Http://www.colorlines.com/archieves/2008/05/children_behind_bars_for_life.html
Mannes, M. (1995). Factors and Events Leading to the Passage of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Child Welfare, 74(1), 264-282
Mihesuah, D. A. (1998). American Indian Identities: Issues of Individual Choices and Development. American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 22(2), 193-226
Munsell, G. (2004). Tribal Approaches to Transition. University of Oklahoma. Retrieved from http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/resources/publications/monographs/tribalmonograph.pdf
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Youth Development (2007). Tribal Youth Transitioning to Adulthood: Current Status of Independent Living Services Provided to Indian Youth. (DHHS Publication). Tulsa, OK
National Resource Center for Youth Services (2004). A Native Pathway to Adulthood: Training for Tribal and Non-Tribal Child Welfare Workers: A Participant Manual. University of Oklahoma. Retrieved from http://www.nrcyd.ou.edu/programs/ilcurriculums/downloads/nptapmweb.pfd
Sullivan, M. (2008, Sept. 17). 'High Stakes': How Gaming Money Has Reinforced American Indian Culture. [Review of the book High Stakes: Seminole Gaming and Sovereignty]. EurekAlert. Retrieved from http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2008-09/uoc--sh91708.phb
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