In this article, the conceptual and theoretical underpinnings for child welfare negotiations, assessment strategies useful in preparing for such negotiations, and practice implications for child protective service workers involved in the process are explored. Particular emphasis is given to the benefits of employing negotiation techniques in child welfare matters. The opportunities to use negotiation strategies are numerous in the child welfare arena. They range from formal mediation of an adoption plan, to family group conferencing of a placement issue, to negotiating a visitation and access plan with a parent. Common to all of these situations is the recognition that families have a better chance of success and potential for a better outcome when they are part of the planning and when they are empowered in the process.
Severson, Margaret and Burns, Kim
"Creating a Family-Centered Plan: Family Negotiation in Child Welfare,"
Journal of Family Strengths: Vol. 8
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.library.tmc.edu/jfs/vol8/iss1/5