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Feature Issue on Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System

Published by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota • Volume 19• Number 1 • Fall/Winter 2005/06

From the Editors

When children with disabilities and their families become involved with the child welfare system – with child protective services and/or permanency services – there is often a steep learning curve for the system as to how to best serve them. As complex as the needs are of any child removed from his or her family because of abuse or neglect, or because the family is unable to continue caring for the child, the needs of children with disabilities are even more complicated because they involve multiple systems – the disability services and child welfare services systems. These two systems don’t necessarily communicate with each other in a way that supports their work on behalf of children with disabilities who have been removed from their family home or who are at risk for such removal, and they may not have adequate access to expertise in one another’s areas of focus. In this Impact issue, we examine the presence and needs of children with disabilities who are in the child welfare system, barriers to be addressed by the two systems and those who work in them, and strategies for moving forward in better meeting the needs of such children and their families.

What's Inside

Overview Articles

Growing Up in Foster Care: Carolyn’s Story

Supporting Family Life for Children with Disabilities: What We Know and Don't Know

The Risks of Maltreatment for Children with Disabilities (sidebar)

Seven Keys to Supporting Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System

A Need for Shared Expertise (sidebar)

Children with Disabilities and the Child Welfare System: Prevalence Data

Serving Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System: Barriers and Strategies

Family Support Strategies (sidebar)

Child Welfare Services: How Children with Disabilities Move Through the System

Child Welfare Legislation Affecting Children with Disabilities

Children with Disabilities and the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act

Out-of-Home Placement and the Developmental Disabilities Service System

A Statement in Support of Families and Their Children (sidebar)

Understanding Adoption Subsidies: An Analysis of AFCARS Data

Information on Adoption Subsidies in Each State (sidebar)

Youth with Disabilities Aging Out of Foster Care: Issues and Support Strategies

Program and Personal Profiles

Caring for Children with Special Needs: The Reeves Family’s Experience

Serving Children and Youth with Disabilities: A N.C. Social Work Supervisor’s Perspective

Observations of a Child Protection Supervisor in Connecticut

Serving Youth with Disabilities in Minnesota: Two Case Worker’s Experience

Specialized Training on Maltreatment and Disability: VCU’s Web Curriculum

Competencies for Child Welfare Caseworkers Serving Children with Disabilities

Identifying Child Needs: Connecticut’s Foster Care Multi-Disciplinary Screening Program

Training Resources for Child Welfare Workers (sidebar)

Entering a Brave New World: Kennedy Krieger’s Therapeutic Family Care Program

Supporting Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children and Parents in Connecticut

Serving the Deaf Community in Los Angeles County: The DCFS Deaf Unit

Early Intervention in Minneapolis: PICA Head Start’s Supported Parenting Program

Resources

Resources

Publication Information

Managing Editor: Vicki Gaylord

Issue Editors:

Traci LaLiberte Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Elizabeth Lightfoot School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Amy Hewitt
Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Impact is published quarterly by the Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD), and the Research and Training Center on Community Living, College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota. This issue was supported, in part, by Grant #90DD0579 from the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, US Department of Health and Human Services; and Grant #H133B031116 from the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, US Department of Education.

The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Institute, College, University, or their funding sources.

For additional copies or information contact:

Institute on Community Integration University of Minnesota 109 Pattee Hall, 150 Pillsbury Drive SE Minneapolis, MN 55455 612/624-4512 icipub@umn.edu

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Retrieved from the Web site of the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota (http://ici.umn.edu/products/impact/191/default.html). Citation: Gaylord, V., LaLiberte, T., Lightfoot, E. & Hewitt, A. (Eds.). (2006). Impact: Feature Issue on Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System 19(1). [Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration.]

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