Program Development and Service Delivery in Rural Communities
Providing child welfare services in rural communities poses unique challenges. Resources in this section discuss effective strategies to meet those challenges.
|Rural Child Welfare Practice|
|Series Title:||Issue Briefs|
|Author(s):||Child Welfare Information Gateway
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|Year Published:||2012 - 19 pages|
|Highlights the importance of understanding the diverse needs, strengths, and resources of children and families from rural areas, the challenges these families and those who work with them may face, and the cultural sensitivity required of child welfare staff as they work to achieve well-being, permanency, and safety for rural children.|
Child Welfare Practice in Rural Communities: Discretionary Grant Cluster
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Details site visit reports and project information for six projects funded by the Children's Bureau. The projects' goals were to develop and implement a competency-based training curriculum and training plan to enhance staff capacity to provide effective child welfare services in rural communities.
Improving the Service Array in Child Welfare: A Strategy for Rural Jurisdictions
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2005)
Describes a process used in several States that enlists community stakeholders in a jurisdiction to evaluate current services and implement a resource development plan.
Information Packet: Rural Issues in Child Welfare
National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (2009)
Explores challenges faced by communities in rural areas and issues related to rural cultural competence related to child welfare practice, administration, and research. The information packet also highlights best practices and model programs for providing child welfare services to rural communities.
Interagency Collaboration in Rural Areas (PDF - 116 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Managing Care for Children and Families, 4(2), 2003
Explores two approaches to interagency collaboration in rural areas and the potential of these collaborations to improve the services available to children and families.
Meeting the Challenge of Social Service Delivery in Rural Areas
Issue Note, 7(2), 2003
Explores the challenges social service agencies face in delivering services to meet the needs of rural area residents and offers suggestions on how to design programs and policies to fulfill those needs.
RURAL Project (Resources to Address the Unique Needs of Rural Communities for Availability/Accessibility of Local Services): Site visit report
Children's Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2007)
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Describes the goals and activities of a project designed to enhance frontline and supervisory staff capacity to provide effective, high-quality child welfare services in rural California.
Strategies to Expand Services in Rural Areas
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2003)
Highlights strategies employed by State child welfare systems to promote collaboration and service development in rural communities.
Towards a Delivery System of Services for Rural Homeless Youth: A Literature Review and Case Study
Skott-Myhre, Raby, & Nikolaou
Child and Youth Care Forum, 37(2), 2008
Draws on existing literature on rural youth homelessness, discussions with service providers in a rural area, and interviews with youth to explore the problems of rural homeless youth, intervention options, and recommendations for the development of service delivery systems.