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ERIC Number: ED476814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 198
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-87868-882-X
CWLA Standards of Excellence for Services To Strengthen and Preserve Families with Children. Revised Edition.
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.
Noting that improving practice in all child welfare services is a major goal of the Child Welfare League of America, this handbook presents goals and standards for services to strengthen and preserve families with children. The handbook begins with introductory sections describing standards development, detailing how to use the standards, and differentiating standards of excellence, standards for accreditation, and procedures for state licensing. The formal introduction describes the social context of child and family well-being, factors affecting parents' ability to provide for their children's needs, the evolution of family-centered services, especially as it relates to permanency planning in foster care and the family support and family preservation movements; and the trend toward community, neighborhood-based approaches to supporting and strengthening families with children. Chapter 1 of the handbook describes standards for the family-centered practice approach, including the values and essential components of family-centered practice and services. Chapter 2 presents standards for providing family resource, support, and education services. Chapter 3 offers an organizational framework for delivering family-centered casework services, including standards for assessment and service planning. Chapter 4 offers standards for intensive family-centered crisis services with the goal of protecting the child, strengthening and preserving the family, and preventing unnecessary out-of-home placement of the child. Chapter 5 focuses on the administrative aspects of family-centered services, outlining standards for agency governance, service organization and delivery, staffing, management information systems, quality control, personnel, and specialized training. Chapter 6 addresses the role of the community in supporting and strengthening families with children. Chapter 7 summarizes the major themes embodied in the standards. (Contains a glossary of relevant terms and 153 references.) (KB)
Child Welfare League of America, Inc., P.O. Box 2019, Annapolis Junction, MD 20701-2019. Tel: 800-407-6273 (Toll Free); Tel: 301-617-7825; Fax: 301-206-9789; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Child Welfare League of America, Inc., Washington, DC.