What Is Child Welfare? A Guide for Disaster Preparedness and Response Professionals

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When preparing for and responding to disasters, child welfare and disaster preparedness and response (DPR) professionals can work together to help ensure the safety and well-being of children, youth, and families in their communities. This factsheet provides an overview of basic child welfare services, describes how DPR and child welfare professionals can support one another's disaster preparedness efforts, and offers additional resources for more information. 

Suggested Citation: Child Welfare Information Gateway. (2021). What is child welfare? A guide for disaster preparedness and response professionals. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau.

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