The following resources provide information about the decision to place a child in out-of-home care to ensure his or her safety when an investigation finds the child has been seriously harmed or is at risk of harm.
Addressing the Underlying Issue of Poverty in Child-Neglect Cases
Children's Rights Litigation, 16(3)
Outlines the issue of mistaking poverty for neglect and highlights various States' approaches to addressing poverty in child maltreatment cases.
Challenges in Safety Intervention
Action for Child Protection
Provides resources related to child safety and intervention techniques, including information on foster care as a safety service and responding to present and impending danger.
The Child Welfare Placement Continuum: What’s Best for Children?
National Conference of State Legislatures (2016)
Describes various placement options for children involved with child welfare.
Placement Patterns of American Indian Children Involved With Child Welfare: Findings From the Second National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (PDF - 6,973 KB)
Maher, Clyde, Darnell, Landsverk, & Zhang (2015)
Casey Family Programs
Examines how the placement patterns of American Indian children in out-of-home care align with the preferences of placement outlined in the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Using Evidence to Accelerate the Safe and Effective Reduction of Congregate Care for Youth Involved With Child Welfare (PDF - 527 KB)
Chapin Hall & Chadwick Center (2016)
Highlights the steps necessary to reduce the use of congregate care as a needed placement, ensure youth are screened quickly and properly for mental health status, and broaden the scope of community-based treatment options for youth.