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Strategies for Healing & Strengthening Families

Working With Child Welfare

Domestic violence organizations and state coalitions have an important role to play in ensuring that the child welfare system is accountable for achieving positive outcomes for adult and child survivors of intimate partner violence. However as of July 2021, fewer than half of DV state coalition websites mention working with or on behalf of children, and fewer still reference the child welfare system.

Black, Native American and Latinx families are disproportionately involved in child welfare as a result of intersecting and compounding inequities in multiple systems and sectors, and experience worse outcomes. DV programs committed to racial as well as gender equity should ensure they understand the differential impacts of the system, show up to help fix it, display leadership around the need for relational accountability for people who use violence, and promote protective factors that help both child and adult survivors to grow and heal and thrive.

MANDATORY REPORTING

It has been repeatedly documented that mandated reporters fail to recognize or consider the impact of poverty, systemic racism,...

Report

Barriers to Services at the Intersection of Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence: A multi-Perspective Analysis of Parents with Lived Experience and Professionals

THE QUALITY IMPROVEMENT CENTER

The QIC-DVCW is focused on implementing an Adult & Child Survivor-Centered Approach across multiple sectors that integrates practice wisdom and research from...

TRANSFORMING THE CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

The child welfare policies and programs we create today have a direct impact on how well or not so...

PARTNERING WITH CHILD WELFARE AGENCIES AND COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS

Collaboration between child welfare agencies, domestic violence and other community-based organizations can help the system become more effective in...

Report

“If I Wasn’t Poor, I Wouldn’t Be Unfit” The Family Separation Crisis in the US Child Welfare System

External Resource

State-level Data for Understanding Child Welfare in the United States

Report

The Accountability Dialogues Executive Summary

Webinar

The Accountability Dialogues

Fact/Tip Sheet, Practice Guidance

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment

Fact/Tip Sheet

Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: The Impact on Children and Families