Illinois Child Welfare

A multidisciplinary journal dedicated to improving services for children and their families

Illinois Child Welfare is multidisciplinary, with editors drawn from the fields of social work, psychology, education, law and medicine. Grounded in an inclusive approach to research, Illinois Child Welfare has a cross-cultural and global focus. The journal is co-sponsored by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Loyola School of Social Work.

Illinois Child Welfare is a resource for practitioners, program managers, and policy-makers in the field of child welfare who are looking for knowledge that helps improve services to children and families. Honoring the diversity of cultures and perspectives that constitute child welfare, the journal offers dialogue, constructive debate, and innovative understandings of problems as well as effective solutions.

The journal is comprised of:

1. Full-length Papers The inclusive approach to research means that no single research methodology is privileged, so for instance articles based on case studies are welcome, as are studies that use experimental designs and statistical methods. Manuscripts are reviewed by at least two reviewers and the Editor-in-Chief.

2. "From the Desk of. . ."
An important part of the journal is the brief papers that make it possible for practitioners, administrators, advocates, and policy-makers to write about problems and solutions and share their insights. Entitled "From the Practitioner’s Desk," "From the Administrator’s Desk," "From the Policy-Maker’s Desk," etc., the aim of these sections is to make it possible for people to share experiences in service, program, and policy development that both reflect the author’s own unique perspective and also point towards effective solutions to the challenges confronting child welfare professionals.

3. Book and Resource Reviews
Books and resources such as videotapes and other educational materials that are relevant to those providing services and advocacy for children and families are reviewed. If there is a resource you would like the journal to review, please contact the Editor-in-Chief. 

4.  Testimonials, Speeches, and Commentaries
Inspiration and troubleshooting are important contributions to child welfare practice, so we are including in this section the opportunity for people participating in child welfare as practitioners, foster and adoptive parents, or clients of child welfare programs to send us your thoughts and experiences. This section is designed to be a forum for expressing opinions and experiences that can be used to improve child welfare services and programs.

5.  Annotated Bibliographies
To meet the need for improved scientific research in the field of child welfare, the journal provides an Annotated Bibliography on a topic that is controversial and about which thorough, critical reviews of the literature are needed.  Annotated Bibliographes are generally completed by the journal staff and the topics respond to priorities identified by child welfare professionals.  Please contact us if you would like to suggest topics or research to review, or if you are interested in completing an Annotated Bibliography for publication in Illinois Child Welfare.

We invite you to submit your manuscripts for review, as well as any thoughts about articles you are interested in submitting. We also welcome your comments about the state of child welfare and how this journal could help you and others enhance services for children and families. Please contact us.

We have long needed a resource for dialogue with each other about the difficult problems we face in the field of child welfare. This journal will also be a place to find innovative solutions, and support for your efforts to make our society a more sustaining environment for children and their caregivers. Welcome to Illinois Child Welfare, a resource to help us fulfill those ideals!

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