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Social Work: Children & Youth

This subject is guide is intended to assist students, faculty, staff and alumni of the School of Social Work in locating specific resources in the field of social work.

2013 Alabama Kids Count Data Book

Follow this link to the 2013 Alabama Kids Count Data Book.  It is a premiere resource for statistics on education, povery and much more.   A paper copy will be available in the Social Work Reading Room in Little Hall in the coming weeks.

National statistics can be located by Googling  National Kids Count Databook.

Fostering Adoption

The Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act of 2008

P.L. 100-351 ammends the Social Security Act to connect and support relative caregivers, improve outcomes for children in foster care, provide for Tribal foster care and adoption access, improve incentives for adoption and for other purposes.

Major Provisions of the Act

Alabama Resource Management System

The Alabama Resource Management System is a joint project of the Alabama Criminal Justice Center and the Department of Children's Affairs.

It is a comprehesive database for detailed demographic and statistical information on children and families in Alabama. Analytical and reproting tools provide information for social services agencies and programs. It excells in the application of mapping and data to social services and is an amazing tool for leaders to understand their communities for information, decision making, and snapshots of demographics that can be used for advocating with Legislators or key decision makers.

Federal Adminstration of Children and Families

Child Welfare in the News

Weekly Updates on Child Welfare stories and issues in the news

2013 National Kids Count Data Book

Click on the following  link to view the 2013 National Kids Count Data Book.  The data book contains a variety of statistics related to children in the United States.  For Alabama statsitics, you can go to the box labeled  2103 Alabama Kids Count Data Book in this portion of the Social Work LibGuide.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a private charitable organization dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in the U.S.  The link below will take you to the Annie E. Casey Foundation homepage.  There is a new report that includes descriptive and statistical information on race and children. 



Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Child Welfare information Gateway

Child Welfare Information Gateway provides access to information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Visit often for the latest on a wide range of topics from prevention to permanency, including child welfare, child abuse and neglect, foster care, and adoption...More About Us

A service of the Children's Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Child Welfare League of America Standards of Practice

Child Welfare League of America Standards of Excellence for Child Welfare Services  is a must see for those interested in working with children, youth and their families.

Child Welfare League of America

Child Welfare League of America is one of the largest international organizations related to child welfare. There is too much content to describe so please explore the site!

Index of Federal Child Welfare Laws

Check out this site from the Child Welfare Information Gateway


Index of Federal Laws Related to Child Welfare

Childhood Poverty--Essential Statistics

The Urban Institute report on the results of the War on Poverty

Child Maltreatment: Summary of Key Findings 2011

Click here for the  2011 Child Maltreatment Summary of key findings.  This is the most current report published in 2013.


FirstFocus Bi-Partisian Advocacy Organization

Click this link to go to the FirstFocus Bi-Partissian child advocacy organization

Center for Latino Adolecesnt and Family Health [NYU Sivler School of Social Work]

The Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health is a strong resource for material realting to Latino adolescent and teenage health. Facilitating communitcation through families is their focus.  Several YouTube videos on talking with teens about sexual behavior and teaching aids are avaialable as PDFs.

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Lynn Tobola
PHONE: 205-348-6611
The University of Alabama
School of Social Work
200 Little Hall
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0314

History of the U.S. Children's Bureau

The U.S Children's Bureau has published an e-book on the history of the Children's Bureau.   Fascinating information for history and policy papers/research.


A recently released e-book—The Children's Bureau Legacy: Ensuring the Right to Childhood—presents a comprehensive look at the first 100 years of the Children's Bureau, which is part of ACYF/ACF/HHS. The e-book combines compelling text with striking historical images to tell the story of a small Federal agency that took on some of the nation's most devastating social problems, including infant mortality, child labor, and child abuse and neglect.

The e-book places the Children's Bureau's achievements in the context of changing world events and social movements, including the following:


  • America's Conscience Gives Birth to the Children's Bureau
  • Saving Babies and Restoring Childhood (1912-1929)
  • The Great Depression and Social Security (1930-1939)
  • Wartime and Recovery (1940-1956)
  • A Growing Government Shrinks the Children's Bureau (1957-1973)
  • Sharpening the Focus on Child Welfare (1974-1992)
  • Partnering With Families and Working to Improve Outcomes (1993-2012)