NCCD Blog
NCCD Blog
April 22, 2015 |  by Julie Phelps, Senior Program Specialist

When a child has been removed from his or her home because of abuse or neglect, how can a child welfare social worker know when it is safe for the child to return home?...

April 21, 2015 |  by Heather Meitner, Senior Program Specialist

For child welfare social workers, case plans can often feel like an event that must be completed by a deadline so that we can get back to our “real” work. When case planning ...

April 20, 2015 |  by Amy Cipolla-Stickles, Senior Program Specialist

For more than a decade, child welfare conferences have included workshops and/or keynote addresses on cultural competency, culturally relevant practice, cultural humility, and racial...

April 16, 2015 |  by Philip Decter, Associate Director, NCCD Children's Research Center

Since coming to the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) I have been a trainer, coach, and consultant for social workers and child welfare agencies, but before I came to CRC I spent...

April 14, 2015 |  by Peggy Cordero, Senior Program Specialist

A helpful connection with the parents we work with in child welfare can make all the difference in the family’s ability to build a shared partnership with us in creating and sustaining safety for their children. The crisis that initiates the family’s contact with a child protection professional...

April 9, 2015 |  by Dr. Raelene Freitag, Director of Children's Research Center (CRC) & International Projects

Every relationship between a child protection worker and a family has it: day one. On day one, the worker was assigned to respond to a report. That report contained bits of information about a family. Sometimes these bits tell of horrific harm, but more often, they tell of worries that children...

April 7, 2015 |  by Mollie Warren, Program Associate

The decision of whether or not to accept a child welfare referral for assessment—to screen it “in” or “out”—is one of the most difficult judgments a child welfare professional is asked to make. At the moment concerns about a family come to the attention of child protective services, countless...

April 1, 2015 |  by Dr. Raelene Freitag, Director of Children's Research Center (CRC) & International Projects

Reporting a family to child protective services (CPS) is not the first step in child protection; rather, the first step is deciding whether or not to report them at all. Every professional tasked with reporting faces this difficult decision—an important one that will influence the life of the...

March 30, 2015 |  by Erin Hanusa

Being reported to child welfare is among the most difficult and frightening things a family can experience. So much is at stake for children and caregivers in their interactions with child welfare social workers, who are entrusted with a tremendous amount of responsibility and power. 

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March 26, 2015 |  by Dr. Angela Irvine, Director of Research - Oakland

About a year ago, one of my coworkers interviewed a girl named Erica, a 16-year-old Black girl living in Oakland, California. After being arrested for solicitation and entering the juvenile justice system for the first time, Erica was sentenced to 12...