ERIC Number: ED462184
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). State Child Welfare Agency Survey Report.
Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Evaluation.; Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, DC. Children's Bureau.
To study children and families who come into contact with the child welfare system, the Children's Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families conducted the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW). As part of that larger study, this report provides a cross-sectional national overview of child welfare services as reported by 46 state administrators who participated in the State Agency Discussion Guide interview. Data were analyzed within four major categories: (1) factors affecting child welfare policies and services; (2) child welfare agency organization and service delivery; (3) innovative programs; and (4) the future of child welfare. Key findings include the following: (1) two-thirds of respondents reported that the Adoption and Safe Families Act resulted in enhancements or changes in child safety, permanency, collaboration with courts, or data collection; (2) there has been an increased emphasis on formal collaborations between agencies and groups providing services to those children and families served by child welfare agencies; (3) there has been increasing participation in multidisciplinary teams, involving more partners and beginning at an earlier stage in the assessment process; (4) areas of concern about child welfare's future included insufficient funding, increasingly complex caseloads, and workforce issues; and (5) the most frequently reported promising development included the growing emphasis on prevention and early intervention, collaboration with other service providers, involvement of families in decision-making, and evaluation and outcomes. The report's three appendices include the State Agency Discussion Guide, a table delineating innovative state programs, and a list of state liaison officers. (Contains 5 data tables and 27 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Agencies, Agency Cooperation, Child Welfare, Children, Delivery Systems, Innovation, National Surveys, Program Descriptions, Public Policy, Welfare Services, Well Being
For full text: http://www.acf.dhhs.gov/programs/core/ongoing_research/af c/w ellbeing_reports.html.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC. Office of Research and Evaluation.; Administration for Children, Youth and Families, Washington, DC. Children's Bureau.
Note: For Local Survey Report, see PS 030 134. Produced by the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) Research Group.