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Professor Richard Barth and colleagues published in Research on Social Work Practice

Title: Research to Consider while Effectively Re-Designing Child Welfare Services: A Response to Commentaries

This is the third in a series of commentaries about the state of child welfare research written by Professor Richard Barth and colleagues. They had earlier published an article in this Research on Social Work Practice identifying ten topics in the field of child welfare that are frequently discussed among professionals, advocates, and researchers in an effort to shape discussions of practice and policy reform. Concerned that these discussions are often poorly informed by the research evidence, The original commentary intended to offer a corrective to these common, erroneous narratives. The Editor-in-Chief, Bruce Thyer, asked for suggestions for commentators and then invited some number of respondents to offer their perspectives on the original article. Here, the authors respond to each of the submitted papers, highlighting areas of agreement, and addressing other topics where we as a field—sometimes sharply—disagree. This response to those commentaries welcomes an ongoing, fact-based, respectful dialogue to help shape child welfare reform. Efforts to improve the child welfare system are urgently needed; the authors stand by their view that large-scale practice and policy reform, in particular, must be guided by the best available research evidence.


Berrick, J. D., Drake, B., Barth, R. P., Garcia, A. R., Jonson-Reid, M., Gyourko, J. R., & Greeson, J. K. P. (2022). Research to Consider while Effectively Re-Designing Child Welfare Services: A Response to Commentaries. Research on Social Work Practice. https://doi.org/10.1177/10497315221095497

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