Welcome to the Searchable Field Guide to Child Welfare!

The Field Guide to Child Welfare was originally published by the Child Welfare League of America as a four-volume resource textbook for use by child welfare caseworkers,  supervisors, and foster/adoptive parents, and by students and instructors in inservice training and university child welfare classes.

The Field Guide covers the fundamental competencies of a family-centered approach to child welfare practice. Its primary topics include:

  • Child welfare values and practice principles
  • Fundamentals of child protection
  • Risk assessment and child safety
  • The technology of case planning and family-centered casework
  • Interviewing strategies
  • The impact of maltreatment on child development
  • Separation and child placement
  • Family reunification
  • Foster care and adoption for children with special needs
  • Sexual abuse
  • Cultural competence
  • Services to children with developmental disabilities and their families

Published in English, French, and Russian, the Field Guide is used by many thousands of professionals worldwide who are committed to assuring protection and permanence for abused and neglected children. The Field Guide is comprehensive and well-grounded, pragmatic, logically organized, easy to read. It has proven to be an invaluable resource for anyone who works in child welfare or related practice fields.

This site allows you access to the complete content of the Field Guide, as well as the ability to search for content and key words, and to print the sections you choose.

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