The Child Welfare Information Gateway website is a wonderful resource that provides access to information to help protect children and strengthen families. Covering a wide range of issues with topics including:
- Family-Centered Practice
Resources to support and preserve families through a respectful, strengths-based approach that views the family as central to the child's well-being. Includes information on specific family-centered practice approaches, such as family group decision-making. Also includes resources on cultural competence, casework practice, and providing and evaluating family-centered services.
- Child Abuse & Neglect
Resources about child maltreatment, including definitions, signs and symptoms, statistics and prevalence, types of child abuse and neglect, risk and protective factors, the impact on individuals and society, and child fatalities.
- Supporting & Preserving Families
All families can benefit from information, guidance, and help in connecting with resources as they meet the challenges of parenthood and family life. Find resources and information on family support and family preservation services.
- Out-of-Home Care
Resources and information about out-of-home care (also called foster care), including family foster care, kinship care, treatment foster care, and residential and group care. Includes information on working with children and youth in out-of-home care; working with birth families; recruiting, preparing, and supporting resource families (i.e., foster, adoptive, and kinship families); independent living services; placement decisions and stability; and system wide issues.
- Achieving & Maintaining Permanency
Resources to support professionals in ensuring a legally permanent, nurturing family for every child in out-of-home care through family reunification, adoption from foster care, guardianship, and permanent placements with relatives. Includes information on legal and court issues, preparing and supporting children and youth, interjurisdictional placements, post permanency services, and special issues in achieving permanency for older youth, children from minority groups, and children with disabilities.
Resources on all aspects of domestic and intercountry adoption, including adoption from foster care. Includes information for prospective and adoptive parents; information about searching for birth relatives; and resources for professionals on recruiting adoptive families, preparing children and youth, supporting birth parents, and providing post adoption services.
The Child Welfare Information Gateway is an important resource for all families and offers Foster and Adoptive Parents access to a wealth of information, resources and contacts. The APN Resource Network will highlight many of the tools, services and information links offered at the Child Welfare Information Gateway and considers this website to be one of the single most important places to bookmark, visit and go to when any information about the welfare of a child or family is in need!