Impact of COVID-19 on Child Welfare Practice and Implications for Future Practice: Perspectives from youth, family, frontline workers, and other professionals

Haksoon Ahn, Yao Wang, Kimberly A. Williams, Elsa Moeller, Zhanea James


The COVID−19 pandemic has impacted child welfare practice and outcomes. This study examines the perspectives of families and professionals on child welfare practice during the COVID−19 pandemic. Qualitative data from feedback surveys and focus groups were used to provide a comprehensive examination of the concepts being explored.

Results of this study suggested positive outcomes of virtual meetings and trainings and raised attention to delays in achieving permanency during the pandemic.

This study will provide important implications for navigating social work best practices and strategies for addressing children and families’ needs to improve child welfare outcomes.

Public Child Welfare Journal