Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

Workforce and Leadership Development


This centennial book brings together a national roster of child welfare experts from academia and practice to document the significant contributions of the Children's Bureau to U.S. policy development for children and families. Highlighting foster care developments, chapters illuminate for the reader the complexities of the system as it evolved from a tradition of 'rescue and punishment,' deeply seeped in racial inequities, to current efforts of advancing progressive policies that aim to correct systemic inequities, promote empirically based approaches that recognize the significance of culture in services planning, and affirm that the well-being of children is inextricably linked to the well-being of families and communities. The book makes an important contribution to the child welfare literature by documenting how far we have come as a nation in addressing the needs of dependent children and is an invaluable reference volume and a supplementary child welfare textbook. -Alma J. Carten, PhD, ACSW, LCSW, Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work

Suggested Citation:

Cahn K, Bernotavicz F, Potter C. Workforce and Leadership Development. In: Briar-Lawson K, McCarthy M, Dickinson NS, eds. The Children's Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies. Washington, DC: NASW Press; 2013.

Publication Type: 
Book Chapter
Publish Date: 
October 1, 2013