A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System

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A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System

A Family’s Guide to the Child Welfare System is a comprehensive resource that answers many of the questions families face when they become involved with the child welfare system. Written in a simple, question and answer format and grounded in the experiences of families and child welfare professionals from across the country, A Family’s Guide is meant to be a tool to help families learn about:

  • experiences other families have had with the child welfare system
  • child welfare laws and policies that influence the actions and decisions of child welfare workers and courts
  • people families will meet, the service systems they work in, and their roles with families
  • ways to advocate for their family’s rights (their own and their children’s)
  • responsibilities of parents involved with the child welfare system, and
  • practical tips from other parents.

The Guide is intended to help families, the many other players in the child welfare system, and other community agencies work together collaboratively. It is a product of the efforts of several national organizations. Parts of the Guide were written by families with personal experience in the child welfare system.

Download: IntroductionToAFamilysGuide.pdf
Download: AFamilysGuide_English.pdf
Download: AFamilysGuide_Español.pdf