Providing child welfare services in rural communities poses unique challenges. Resources in this section discuss effective strategies to meet those challenges.
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.
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)
View Abstract and Document
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.
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.