By Erica Arnold
A series of papers, Integrating Safety, Permanency and Well-Being in Child Welfare, have been made available by the US Department of Health & Human Services, Children's Bureau to further the national dialogue on how a more fully integrated and developmentally specific approach in child welfare could improve both child and system-level outcomes.
Included is a paper by Becci Akin, Stephanie Bryson, Tom McDonald, and Charles Wilson titled, A Case Example of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Well-Being Framework: KIPP. Becci Akin, PhD, and Tom McDonald, PhD, are co-principal investigators for the Kansas Intensive Permanency Project (KIPP). Both Dr. Akin, assistant professor, and Dr. McDonald, interim dean and professor, perform research for the KU Center for Children & Families, a division of the School of Social Welfare.
KIPP is a statewide collaborative effort of the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, the Kansas Department for Children and Families, and Kansas' private providers of foster care to improve permanency outcomes for children with serious emotional disturbances who are at the highest risk of not achieving permanency. A Case Example of ACYF's Well-Being Framework:KIPP presents a case study and describes how KIPP has implemented many of the core aspects of a well-being framework.
Links to the entire series of papers are provided below.