Utilizing Strategic Management and Planning to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes



This article should be treated as a tool for thinking about or rethinking how strategic management and planning can be used to achieve better outcomes for the children and families serviced by social service systems. The article summarizes some of the challenges facing the field of child welfare; identifies the benefits of utilizing strategic management and planning to improve outcomes, create accountability and achieve sustainable system reform; and explores relevant research on strategic management and planning for governmental agencies and non-profit organizations.

General Information

Keywords: child welfare, strategic management and planning

Journal rubric: General Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/ssc.2020010102

For citation: Sakhonchik C. Utilizing Strategic Management and Planning to Improve Child Welfare Outcomes [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sotsial’nye nauki i detstvo = Social Sciences and Childhood, 2020. Vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 27–33. DOI: 10.17759/ssc.2020010102.

A Part of Article

The child welfare system in the U.S. is complex. It includes not only public child welfare agencies (State, local and tribal), but also courts and the legal system, community and private service providers, foster and adoptive parents, many other stakeholders and, most importantly, the children and families served. Child welfare workers are called upon every day to make difficult decisions about the children and families they serve, and these ultimately could be life-or-death decisions.


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Information About the Authors

Chris Sakhonchik, Doctor of Law, Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy. Cutler, University Of Southern Maine, Portland, USA, e-mail: Kris.Sahonchik@maine.edu



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