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date: 09 July 2020

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The mission of child welfare is multi-faceted and includes the following tasks: (a) to respond to the needs of children reported to public child protection agencies as being abused, neglected, or at risk of child maltreatment; (b) to provide children placed in out-of-home care with developmentally appropriate services; and (c) to help children find a permanent home in the least restrictive living situation that is possible. 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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