Child Welfare Policy Briefs
CASCW developed these child welfare policy briefs as a resource for students, advocates, professionals, and policymakers interested in child welfare policy.
Each policy brief takes an issue in child welfare and provides policy issues and potential evidence-based policy solutions.
Download the child welfare policy briefs below (PDF format).
A Primer for the 2013 Legislative Session
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 1 (rev.), Spring 2013
A briefing on Minnesota’s child welfare system, including child protection, foster care, and adoption service systems. Includes populations served, funding structures, and decision-making criteria for evidence-based policy solutions.
Father Engagement in Child Welfare
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 7, Spring 2013
A briefing using policy to positively engage fathers in their child welfare-involved children's lives.
Educational Experiences of Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 6, Summer 2012
Part Two in the Policy Brief Series on Disability: A briefing continuing the analysis of experiences of older youth with disabilities in Minnesota’s foster care system through a focus on their educational experiences.
Older Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 5, Spring 2012
Part One in the Policy Brief Series on Disability: A briefing on the prevalence and experience of older youth with disabilities in foster care in Minnesota: An analysis of state administrative data.
Legislative Responses to Defining Risk Across Systems for Children 0-5
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 4, Spring 2012
A briefing on how risk is defined by Minnesota’s Early Intervention services and their role in the Child Welfare field. Overview of Early Head Start, Child Protection Screenings, and opportunities for Cross System Coordination.
Legislative Responses to Reduce Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Child Welfare
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 3, Winter 2012
A briefing on racial and ethnic disparities in Minnesota’s Child Protection, Foster Care and Adoption service systems.
Child Welfare and Technology: A Guide for Policymakers
Child Welfare Policy Brief No. 2, Fall 2011
A briefing on emerging uses of technology for Minnesota’s Child Protection, Foster Care and Adoption service systems. This briefing is the second in a series of 2011 policy briefs and builds upon the Center for the Advanced Studies in Child Welfare’s 2011 annual publication CW360°: Child Welfare and Technology.