A Family's Guide to the Child Welfare System

This guide is follows a family's path through the child welfare system from first contact and helps families learn about the experiences other families have had with the child welfare system; laws and policies within the child welfare system that direct the actions and decisions of agency workers and courts; those people the family will meet, the service systems in which they work, and their roles with the family; ways to advocate for a families' rights (their own and their children's); responsibilities as a parent when involved with the child welfare system; and practical tips from other parents. (2003)