Allied for Better Outcomes: Child Welfare and Early Childhood

This brief puts forward an approach to child welfare practice that responds to the urgent needs of the youngest and most vulnerable children in the system, enhances their well-being by attending more effectively to their developmental needs, and includes their families and caregivers as valued and necessary allies in supporting healthy development. This paper’s objectives are to advance information about the positive influence of protective factors in the lives of young children in child welfare, propose that early interventions (notably early care and education programs) are a resource readily available to child welfare agencies and the families they serve, and describe guiding principles for an approach to child welfare practice that incorporates the protective factors framework when working with young children and their families.

Source Type: 
National Organization
Resource Type: 
Information Product
Publication Date: 
August, 2010
New Jersey
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