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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Child Welfare Information Gateway


For people who are looking for a one-stop shop for legal information and social work practice on child welfare, the Child Welfare Information Gateway is a dream come true.   Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child Abuse and Neglect Information and the National Adoption Information Clearinghouse, this website is set up as “a service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services”.  For people interested in the social work aspects of child welfare there are pages of instruction and information under various topics such as child abuse & neglect, responding to child abuse & neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, etc.  For those in need of legal information, there are on the court system, law & policies, National Foster Care and Adoption Directory, and a search engine to conduct state statute search.  Additionally there is a Learning Center and a Library to aid educators and students.  All webpages of this site are also listed at the bottom of each webpage for quick reference and easy access.  Last but not least, the What’s New & Popular panel on the homepage bringing visitors the newest and most popular (most visits, most shared, and highest rated) information, which can be had by signing up for free subscriptions.  After exploring this website I feel that my tax money is well spent.

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