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Summary updated to reflect new statistics and issues in the child welfare field.

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date: 08 August 2020

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The mission of child welfare is multifaceted and includes: (a) responding to the needs of children reported to public child-protection agencies as being abused, neglected, or at risk of child maltreatment; (b) providing children placed in out-of-home care with developmentally appropriate services; and (c) helping children find permanent homes in the least-restrictive living situations possible; and (d) providing “post-permanency” services to children so they do not return to foster care. This section describes the mission, scope, and selected issues of major child-welfare-program areas.

Keywords: adoption, child protective services, child welfare, family group conferencing, foster care, kinship care, racial disproportionality, sexual minorities

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