Advocacy for Child Welfare Reform

  • Mary I. ArmstrongEmail author
  • Svetlana Yampolskaya
  • Neil Jordan
  • Rene Anderson
Part of the Issues in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ICCP)


Child welfare system (CWS) in the United States commonly refers to services and institutions concerned with the physical, social, and psychological well-being of children (Child Welfare, 2012). The main goals of the CWS are to protect children who have been abused and/or neglected or who are at risk of being maltreated; to provide a stable, safe, and caring environment for them; and to support families that are under stress. The system is designed to provide an array of prevention and intervention services and oriented toward ameliorating conditions that put these families at risk (National Association of Social Workers, 2005). These services include screening and responding to reports of child abuse and neglect, maintaining children in out-of-home (foster) care, supporting families who experienced maltreatment, and preparing for and supporting adoption of children whose parents have lost their parental rights.


Child Welfare Foster Care Child Welfare System Child Welfare Service Kinship Caregiver 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary I. Armstrong
    • 1
    Email author
  • Svetlana Yampolskaya
    • 1
  • Neil Jordan
    • 2
  • Rene Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Child and Family StudiesUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral SciencesNorthwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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