Bringing a Resilience Perspective to Children in the Child Welfare System: A Curriculum for Caregivers

  • Gabriel Tobin SmithEmail author
  • Paul A. LeBuffe
  • Deborah Alleyne
  • Mary Mackrain
  • Linda Likins
Part of the The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality book series (SSHE)


There were over 600,000 victims of child maltreatment in the United States in 2011 (USDHHS, 2012b). Maltreated children may experience a confluence of risk factors occurring at multiple systemic levels.Not only the children, but frequently their caregivers, such as birth and foster parents, have lives characterized by risk and adversity. This chapter describes the application of a curriculum designed to offset the negative effects of risk factors on families in the child welfare system. A child welfare professional uses relationship-based coaching to guide caregivers through the curriculum, which builds the resilience of both children and their caregivers, with the ultimate goal to promote reunification and permanency. Your Journey Together can be flexibly delivered to groups or individuals in office or home settings and uses evidence-based assessments and research-informed, resilience-enhancing strategies. This chapter will describe the model, present a case illustration, and discuss preliminary outcome data, implementation challenges, limitations, and future directions.


Protective Factor Child Maltreatment Child Welfare Foster Parent Child Welfare System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gabriel Tobin Smith
    • 1
    Email author
  • Paul A. LeBuffe
    • 1
  • Deborah Alleyne
    • 1
  • Mary Mackrain
    • 1
  • Linda Likins
    • 1
  1. 1.Devereux Center for Resilient ChildrenVillanovaUSA

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