ERIC Number: ED451918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Children Are Listening: Conversations for Their Future. Proceedings of the Statewide Forums on Abused, Neglected, and Abandoned Children (Tucson, Tempe, Prescott, and Glendale, Arizona, 1997).
Seeking solutions for a troubled child welfare system, the Children's Action Alliance in Arizona held four forums throughout the state in 1997 at which participants were invited to give testimony on their experiences with the child welfare system--its positives and negatives--and their solutions for change. Along with their comments, this report includes feedback from a survey of court-appointed special advocates and Foster Care Review Board members and from a focus group of young adults in the foster care system. This synthesis presents participants' ideas on what works, what does not work, and what they recommend within the following areas used as guiding principles for the discussions: (1) provide services to families before the crisis escalates; (2) respond to serious cases in the right way and on time; (3) recruit more foster parents and support the ones in the system; (4) give caseworkers the support they need; and (5) give every waiting child a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. (EV)
Descriptors: Caseworkers, Change Strategies, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Foster Care, Foster Children, Foster Family, Problems, Program Effectiveness, Program Improvement, Social Work, Social Workers
Children's Action Alliance, 4001 North 3rd Street, Suite 160, Phoenix, AZ 85012. Tel: 602-266-0707; Fax: 602-263-8792; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web Site: http://www.azchildren.org.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Margaret T. Morris Foundation, Prescott, AZ.
Authoring Institution: Children's Action Alliance, Phoenix, AZ.
Identifiers - Location: Arizona