Research to Consider While Effectively Re-Designing Child Welfare Services

Richard P. Barth, Jill Duerr Berrick, Antonio R. Garcia, Brett Drake, Melissa Jonson-Reid, John R. Gyourko, Johanna K.P. Greeson

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An intense appetite for reforming and transforming child welfare services in the United States is yielding many new initiatives. Vulnerable children and families who become involved with child welfare clearly deserve higher quality and more effective services. New policies, programs, and practices should be built on sound evidence. Reforms based on misunderstandings about what the current data show may ultimately harm families. This review highlights 10 commonly held misconceptions which we assert are inconsistent with the best available contemporary evidence. Implications for better alignment of evidence and reform are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-498
Number of pages16
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 2022

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  • child welfare reform
  • misconceptions
  • research-supported reform
  • social work research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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