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Additional Child Welfare Resources

The Center no longer maintains a collection of child welfare related print materials. The following websites and resources 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] [Domestic Violence]

Child Well-Being

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning is focused on promoting the social emotional development of young children birth to age 5.

Delaware Office of the Child Advocate provides "General Tips for Talking with Children"

Kids Count is Annie E. Casey Foundation's national and state wide major initiative to track the status of children in the United States.

National Center for Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation provides materials regarding healthy mental development for children, this includes online tutorials involving trauma and social and emotional support.

National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections has information and resources available to professionals as well as resources for parents with mental illness.

Search Institute is an independent nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to promote healthy children, youth, and communities.

Summers, S.J. & Chazen-Cohen, R. (2011). Understanding early childhood mental health: A practical guide for professionals. Baltimore, MD: Brookes Publishing Co.

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.

US Census Bureau is a leading source of quality data about the nation's people and economy.

Wonderlicha, S.A., Simonich, H.K., Meyers, T.C., LaMontagne, W., Hoesel, J., Erickson, A.L., Korbel, M., Crosby, R.D.  (2011). Evidence-based mental health interventions for traumatized youth: A statewide dissemination project. Behavior Research and Therapy,49(10),579-587.

General Child Welfare

American Humane Association. (2012). Strategies towards successful reunification. Child Welfare Briefing, 3(1).

Child Protective Services Unit of the Virginia Department of Social Services. (2010). Preventing sexual exploitation via the internet and technology. Virginia Child Protection Newsletter, 89, 1-5.

Children’s Rights and the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. (2011). Ensuring high quality kinship care in Wisconsin. New York, NY: Children’s Rights.

D’Agostino, J. (2011). Equalizing the treatment of foreign-born adopted children. Adoption Advocate, 33, 1-6.

DePanfilis, D. & Salus, M.K. (2003). Child protective services: A guide for caseworkers. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services User Manual.  Retrieved from

Goodyear-Brown, P. (Ed.). (2011). Handbook of child sexual abuse: Identification, assessment and treatment. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons Inc.

Johnson, L.M., Antle, B.F. & Barbee, A.P. (2009). Addressing disproportionality and disparity in child welfare: Evaluation of an anti-racism training for community service providers. Children and Youth Services Review, 31 (6), 688-696.

Katz,C., Hershkowitz,I., Malloy, L.C., Lamb, M.E., Atabaki, A. & Spindler,S. (2012). Non-verbal behavior of children who disclose or do not disclose child abuse in investigative interviews. Child Abuse and Neglect, 36(1),12-20.

Klitsch, S. (2010). Beyond the basics: How extracurricular activities can benefit foster youth. Youth Law News, 29(4).

Meyers, J.E.B. (Ed.). (2011). Child maltreatment: A collection of readings. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Noonan, K., Matron, M., Zlotnik, S., Hernandez-Mekonnen,R., Watts, C., Rubin,D. & Molleen, C. (2012). Cross-system barriers to educational success for children in foster care: The front line perspective. Children and Youth Services Review, 34 (2), p.403-408.

Pecora, P.J., Sanders, D., Wilson, D., English, D., Puckett, A. & Rudlang-Perman, K. (2012). Addressing common forms of child maltreatment: Evidence-informed interventions and gaps in current knowledge. Casey Family Programs, research brief.

Pelton, L.H. (2010). Introduction: Race, class, and the child welfare system. Journal of Health and Human Services Administration, 33(3), 270-276.

Rees, A., Holland, S. & Pithouse,A. (2012). Food in foster families: Care, communication and conflict. Children and Society, 26(2),100-111.

Romens, S.E. & Pollack, S.D. (2012). Emotion regulation predicts attention bias in maltreated children at-risk for depression. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(2), 120-127.

Webb,N.B. (2011) Social work practice with children.(3rd ed.) New York, NY:Guilford Press.

Wrixon, A. (2010). Impact of openness on adopted children: What does the research show? Open Adoption News, 27 (3), 13-14.

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.

Child Welfare Flashcards

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.


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.

Morris, K. & Connolly,M. (2012). Family decision making in child welfare: Challenges in developing a knowledge base for practice. Child Abuse Review, 21 (1), p.41-52.

Skrypek, M, Otteson, C. & Owen, G. (2010). Signs of safety in Minnesota: Early indicators of successful implementation in child protection agencies

U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2011) Evidence-based practices for children exposed to violence: A selection from federal databases.

National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services (2011). Summary of The Tribal Symposium on Differential Response


Bridging Refugee Youth & Children Services. (2010).Child Maltreatment Prevention Training Curriculum. Retrieved from

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.

Women's Info Gateway provides crucial information about violence, abuse, harassment, bullying, etc.

Indian Child Welfare

Barlow, A., Varipatis-Baker, E., Speakman, K., Ginsburg, G. &  Friberg, I. (2006). Home-visiting intervention to improve child care among American Indian adolescent mothers: A randomized trial. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 160 (11), 1101-1107.

Indian Child Welfare Act : This presentation was developed by Evie Campbell

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.


Domestic Violence

McAlister-Groves, B. (1999). Mental health services for children who witness domestic violence. The Future of Children, 9(3),122-132.

Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance (2008). Parenting when there is domestic violence.

Steele,W. & Malchiodi, C.A. (2012) Trauma-informed practices with children and adolescents. New York, NY:Routledge, Inc.

U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2011) Evidence-based practices for children exposed to violence: A selection from federal databases

Weisa, A.N. & Wiersma, R. (2011). Does the public hold abused women responsible for protecting children? Affilia, 26(4), 419-430. 

Institute for Family Violence Studies, FSU College of Social Work. (2002). The intersection of domestic violence and child victimization: Understanding the issues, developing a coordinated community response. Retrieved from*This is an online tutorial for domestic violence advocates and their communities.

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence Public Policy Office

National Child Traumatic Stress Network



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