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Best Practice/Next Practice

Best Practice/Next Practice was published by the National Child Welfare Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice, a service of the Children's Bureau operated by ESI Learning Systems Group from October 1999 through September 2004. They have generously allowed us to carry their archived newsletters on our website. Each issue of Best Practice/Next Practice focuses on a particular topic in the area of family-centered practice.



Mental Health in Child Welfare: A Focus on Caregivers
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Winter 2004
  • Frontline Worker from Mars
  • Mental Health Issues in the Child Welfare System
  • The Experience from Within: Helping the Child Protective Service Caseworker (Gerard Costa, Ph.D.)
  • Childhood Abuse History, Secondary Traumatic Stress, and Child Welfare Workers
  • Keeping Families Together, (Adelia Moore, Ph.D.)
  • What Does the CFSR Tell Us? Mental Health in Child Welfare
  • A System of Care: Meeting the Mental Health Needs of Children in Foster Care, (Anita W. Marshall, MSW, LCSW)
  • Impossible Chioces: Custody Relinquishment
  • "The Child is Worth All of It"
  • Empowering Families: A Legislative Approach in Missouri



Mental Health in Child Welfare: A Focus on Children and Families
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Summer 2003
  • Mental Health Issues in the Child Welfare System
  • Attachment and Children's Mental Health
  • A Cautionary Tale and Five Hard Lessons:Foster Families as Partners in Child Mental Health (Roger Friedman, Ph.D., LCSW)
  • Guidelines for Foster Parents in Supporting Foster Children
  • The Mental Health Service Array
  • Creating Effective Systems for Mental Health Care and Services (Jan McCarthy)
  • Helping the Invisible Children: Supporting Parents with Mental Ilness and Their Children
  • The Color of Mental Health in Child Welfare
  • Tough Questions and No Easy Answers: A Mother Talks about Children's Mental Health



Father Involvement
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Summer 2002
  • Father Involvement in Child Welfare: Estrangement and Reconciliation
  • Father and Child Maltreatment: Findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (Wendy Lane, MD, MPH)
  • Father Involvement in Kinship Foster Care: An Empirical Study
  • Engaging Fathers in Child Welfare Cases: A Case Manager's Perspective (Donna Hornsby, MSW)
  • A Dad's Story
  • My Baby's Father: A Family Systems Focus on Re-Involvement of Men in Meeting Family Reunification and Permanency Goals (Ross N. Ford, MSW, LCSW-C)
  • Fathers in Training: Empowering Men to Become Better Fathers
  • Fathers in Prison
  • Fatherhood or Father-in-the-Hood?
  • A Father Finds His Way
  • Fatherhood Training Curriculum



Program Improvement Plans
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Special Issue 2002
  • Program Improvement Plans: An Agenda for Change
  • Measuring Improvement
  • Putting Principles into Practice



Trauma and Child Welfare
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Winter 2002
  • Children, Families, and Workers: Facing Trauma in Child Welfare
  • Braced for the Storm: Child Welfare in New York City
  • Foster Families and Agencies Respond
  • Reaching Out to Children
  • The Importance of Helping the Helper (Roger Friedman, Ph.D., LCSW)



Differential Response in Child Welfare
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Spring 2001
  • Meeting Each Family's Needs: Using Differential Response in Reports of Child Abuse and Neglect (Patricia Schene, Ph.D.)
  • Examples of Differential Response in Several States
  • Making Differential Response Work: Lessons Learned (Patricia Schene, Ph.D.)



The CFSR
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Special Issue 2001
  • CFSR: Just So Darn Close"
  • PROFIT: Realizing the Benefits of the CFSR
  • Catalyst for Change
  • Tribal Involvement in CFSR: An Active Role
  • "Miracles" Started Happening in Mississippi
  • Overcoming "Judicial Phobia"



Community Collaborations in Child Welfare
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Fall 2000
  • Community Collaborations: A Growing Promise in Child Welfare
  • Strengthening Communities: A Family-Centered Strategy in Jacksonville, Florida (Andrew White)
  • The Patch Approach: Blending Prevention and Protection in the ASFA Era
  • Creating a Family-Centered Child Welfare Community Collaborative: The Rock Island Story
  • A Tribute to Gerald Smale (John Zalenski)



Family-Centered Practice
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Best Practice/Next Practice, Summer 2000
  • A New Era of Family-Centered Practice
  • Can We Put Clothes on This Emperor?
  • A Snapshot: Family-Centered Practice
  • The Children's Bureau Launches a New Approach to the Child and Family Services Review