Child welfare

To successfully treat children who have been sexually abused, several paradigm shifts are required. This means, primarily, that we need to reconceptualize the possible scope of sexual abuse. more »

Real World Clinical

Book review of Macro Perspectives on Youths Aging Out of Foster Care more »

Reviews & Commentary

I always imagine there is at least one child in that room who is being abused or neglected or having some trouble being understood. I am speaking directly to that child; I just don’t know which one it is...yet. more »


Child protection is a myriad of different experiences. Sad, joyous, shocking, and scary are just a few descriptors. more »

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The first time I had to report one of my families, I felt anything but fine. more »


The New Social Worker publisher/editor Linda May Grobman looks back at the most popular articles of 2015 and looks ahead to 2016 as the new year approaches. more »

Linda's Agenda

Book review of In Our Hands: The Struggle for U.S. Child Care Policy. more »

Reviews & Commentary

Social workers have the power to completely change family trees, to influence future generations of root systems. When we go beyond the call of duty, we have the potential to produce thousands of strong Mighty Oaks. more »


Lifebooks Connect Past to Present for Youth in Foster Care

As National Foster Care Month comes to a close, the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services announced it will provide a LifeBook for every child in care. more »

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A Childhood Remembered

Photo credit: Luis Pabon

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. This spoken word piece, Dirty Toys by Luis Pabon, explores the oftentimes blighted development of childhood sufferers of adverse childhood experiences. more »

Creative Work

Social workers are mandated reporters of suspected child maltreatment in all 50 states. The same is not true of requirements to report elder abuse or intimate partner violence. more »

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If the law requires you as a social worker to make reports of suspected child maltreatment and you fail to do so, there are legal, professional, and societal consequences. more »


Short film ReMoved raises awareness about foster care. more »

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Our movie columnist Addison Cooper takes a look at the new 2014 adaptation of Annie. more »

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Image credit: Her at Parents of Color Seek Newborn to Adopt

Why not make the cinema part of your professional development? With a clinical eye, movies can provide an excellent and easy way to connect with clients, to provide them with understandable analogies, and possibly even provide exercises to use at more »

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National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Art Gives Children in DCFS Care a Voice

The exhibit titled “Art From Youth in Care and From Others Who Care” will be on display, open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.daily, through Friday, April 25, 2014, on the main level of the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph Street in Chicago more »

Social Work News

Through the use of strengths and empowerment perspectives, social workers are in a unique position to support all members of the adoption triad, including birth parents, child, and adoptive parents. more »

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The Universal Accreditation Act extends the safeguards provided by Hague accreditation to orphans born in countries that are not signatories to the Hague Adoption Convention, their adoptive parents, and birth parents. more »


The poem, Temporary Placements, is meant to be jarring to those who hear it and hopefully incite an attitude of motivation, transformation, and self-worth in its listeners/readers. The poem is to encourage those in the field of social work and the more »


When deciding whether to make a report, or not, mandated reporters often wonder, “What if I’m wrong?” “Can I be sued?” “Can I lose my license?” more »


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