Protecting Children Journal

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Protecting Children is a quarterly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to a broad range of child welfare topics. Most volumes contain information about current projects or initiatives within the Children's Division at American Humane Association. All are authored by professionals from across the country and around the world. Protecting Children is delivered free of charge to our Children's Division members, or can be purchased with this order form.


Latest Edition of Protecting Children - Free!

Check out the most recent copy of Protecting Children. This issue, funded by the Quality Improvement Center on Non-Resident Fathers and the Child Welfare System covers a broad range of research and practice innovations. Read "Bringing Back the Dads: Changing Practices in Child Welfare Systems" today!


Call for Abstracts – The Intersection of Immigration, Child Welfare, and Criminal Justice Systems

Over the past several years, there have been notable increases in cases involving incarcerated parents who are referred to immigration detention after serving their criminal sentences. Increases in immigration enforcement activities have led to increases in children becoming involved in child welfare systems following the arrest or detention of their foreign-born parents. This has led to the introduction of federal legislation calling for mechanisms and policies to be developed to address these complex cases. Additional interactions with justice systems have led to increasing complexities for immigrant families and child welfare systems.

This issue of Protecting Children will publish articles outlining policy issues, practices, and outcome data that are uniquely relevant to immigrant children and families with joint child welfare and justice system involvement.

Read more about this opportunity.

Abstracts due no later than December 15th, 2011

Learn more about the Migration and Child Welfare National Network 


Call for Abstracts - Solution-Focused Engagement in Child Welfare Practice

As part of a continued commitment to support strengths-based, family-driven, solution-focused child welfare casework practice, American Humane Association will publish an issue of Protecting Children dedicated to solution-focused child welfare engagement strategies. This issue will share constructive practice and supervision that promotes better outcomes for children and families.

Original conceptual, practice-based or empirical papers are invited. Submitted abstracts should address one of the following areas:

  • The application of solution-focused engagement strategies in the assessment of child abuse and neglect allegations
  • The impact of solution-focused engagement strategies in the outcomes of assessment/investigation of child abuse and neglect allegations
  • The use of solution-focused strategies in child welfare casework supervision
  • The impact of solution-focused engagement strategies on family outcomes
  • The impact of solution-focused engagement strategies on caseload size and caseworker perception of casework process

For consideration, email abstracts by August 10. All abstracts will be blind-reviewed by a guest editor and content reviewers. Authors will be notified of the outcome of their abstract submissions in early September. If accepted, full papers will be due December 5.

Read the Call for Abstracts to learn more about this opportunity. (PDF)


Call for Abstracts - Current Methodologies in Child Welfare Research

American Humane Association’s quarterly journal, Protecting Children, is seeking abstracts on current methodologies in child welfare research, with the intent of advancing knowledge about cutting-edge techniques, processes or systems of research related to child welfare. Original, conceptual, practice-based or empirical papers are invited.

Abstracts are due by June 30, 2011. If accepted, full papers will be due by Sept. 12, 2011.

Read the Call for Abstracts to learn more about this opportunity. (PDF)



Now Available!

The newest issue of Protecting Children focuses on public-private partnerships for the prevention of child maltreatment. In this issue, some of the best thinkers and doers in child maltreatment prevention across the U.S. share their work. They provide great examples of innovation, partnership and active community engagement that support child, family and community safety and well-being.

American Humane Association professional members receive Protecting Children as part of their membership benefits. If you're not a member, you can order a copy of Protecting Children, or become a member today!


New Protecting Children Journals

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