The Community Loss Index

Dee Wilson asserts that child welfare systems exact a heavy cost on low income families and neighborhoods, costs that fall disproportionately on families living in communities with high rates of concentrated poverty and on African American and Native American families. He discusses the utility of the Community Loss Index as a tool for studying the human impact of adverse neighborhood conditions, and the power of collective efficacy programs to change community norms and reduce child maltreatment.

Emotional Challenges in Child Welfare Practice

Dee Wilson examines emotional challenges faced by social workers doing the difficult – and often unappreciated – work of child welfare. He explores the range of challenges, from new social workers’ anxiety, brought on by making high-stakes decisions with little experience or emotional support, to the burnout, secondary trauma and compassion fatigue that can lead veteran social workers to exit the profession.

Competing Solutions to the Foster Care Crisis

Dee Wilson examines competing ideas to address the critical shortage of foster care placements. The solutions include professionalizing foster parents; better supporting foster parents and providing them with a voice in the system; increasing investment in kinship care; and creating alternatives that avoid or drastically reduce the need for foster care.