Understanding Rural Communities
Rural areas face different issues and circumstances than urban and suburban areas do. It is critical that child welfare professionals working with rural populations have an understanding of these issues and how they affect child welfare practice. Find resources in this section to help in understanding rural communities.
Rural Child Welfare Practice: Issue Brief
Child Welfare Information Gateway (2012)
Highlights 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.
Issues in Rural Child Welfare [Webinar]
National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
Explores issues impacting child welfare in rural areas, including Tribal child welfare services, workforce issues, and challenges facing youth in foster care.