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A qualitative study of collaboration between guardians ad litem and caseworkers in the child welfare system

Phillips, Jon D

Children and Youth Services Review, January 2016, Vol.60, pp.61-67 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    A qualitative study of collaboration between guardians ad litem and caseworkers in the child welfare system
  • Author: Phillips, Jon D
  • Description: Various agencies and professionals in the child welfare system work together to prevent and treat child maltreatment. Prior research suggests their ability to collaborate is related to outcomes for children and families and agencies often implement strategies to improve collaboration. However, a review of the literature indicated a lack of research on collaboration between Guardians ad litem (GALs) and child protective services caseworkers. Examination of this relationship is warranted considering federal law mandates GALs be appointed for children in all court-involved child protection cases. This qualitative study begins to address this gap by exploring the GAL perspective on factors that promote or inhibit collaboration between themselves and caseworkers. Interviews were conducted with 12 GALs in a mountain region state. Participants emphasized five individual-level factors that impact the frequency and quality of collaboration with caseworkers. These include frequent and open...
  • Is Part Of: Children and Youth Services Review, January 2016, Vol.60, pp.61-67
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0190-7409 ; E-ISSN: 1873-7765 ; DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.11.019
  • Subjects: Guardian Ad Litem ; Collaboration ; Child Welfare ; Caseworkers ; Interprofessional ; Child Protection ; Social Welfare & Social Work
  • Language: English

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