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dc.creatorKatz, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned2021-05-03T19:41:58Z
dc.date.available2021-05-03T19:41:58Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.citationSarah Katz, Trauma-Informed Practice: The Future of Child Welfare, 28 WIDENER COMMW. L. REV. 51 (2019).
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/6322
dc.description.abstractFor nearly two decades, trauma-informed practice has been an increasingly prevalent approach to child welfare practice which has influenced children and youth agency casework, legal representation of children and parents, and judicial style. Acknowledging that many families who come to the attention of the child welfare system have had complex and emotionally painful life experiences, trauma-informed practice puts a client’s history of trauma at the forefront. The basic concept behind trauma-informed practice asks clients not ‘What is wrong with you?’, but instead ‘What happened to you?’ Trauma-informed practice is meant to be not just an individualized, but also a systemic approach to addressing the needs of families. Arguably applying a trauma lens to child welfare practice is the best practice. Yet as well-recognized as trauma-informed practice is as an effective approach to child welfare intervention, there is not sufficient attention paid to the trauma which is inflicted by the child welfare system. This article argues that this infliction of trauma is encoded in federal law primarily through the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA), and thus the goals and promise of trauma-informed practice are incongruent with the current state of child welfare law. This article will identify the goals and relevance of trauma-informed practice, and then evaluate child welfare law through this lens. Ultimately the article will make recommendations for legal reform which would be more in line with trauma-informed principles.
dc.format.extent34 pages
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.relation.ispartofFaculty/ Researcher Works
dc.relation.haspartWidener Commonwealth Law Review, Vol. 28
dc.relation.isreferencedbyWidener University Commonwealth Law School
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dc.subjectFamily law
dc.subjectChild welfare
dc.subjectTrauma-informed practice
dc.titleTrauma-Informed Practice: The Future of Child Welfare?
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dc.type.genreJournal article
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dc.description.schoolcollegeTemple University. James E. Beasley School of Law
dc.temple.creatorKatz, Sarah
refterms.dateFOA2021-05-03T19:41:58Z


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