Child Welfare Information Gateway

The Child Welfare Information Gateway (CWIG) promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare professionals and the general public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home (foster) care, adoption, and more. A service of the Children’s Bureau, CWIG provides access to print and electronic publications, Web sites, databases, and online learning tools for improving child welfare practice.

This page provides several resources available on the CWIG Web site that may be helpful in providing more detail on topics in this module.

  • Major Federal legislation
    To provide a framework for understanding the Federal legislation that has shaped the delivery of child welfare services, this Web site presents a summary of Federal legislation since 1974 that has had a significant impact on the field. It provides an overview of each act and its major provisions. To browse or search the summaries of acts included, visit the Major Federal Legislation Index and Search here. In addition, the full text of the acts can be found on the Index of Federal Child Welfare Laws Web site here
  • Child Welfare Monitoring
    To help States achieve positive outcomes for children and families, the Children’s Bureau monitors State child welfare services through several review processes. These reviews, which measure outcome and compliance, also include program improvement aspects that provide States with opportunities to address systems and practice deficiencies. The Web site includes a variety of vehicles for monitoring child welfare
  • State laws and policies
    Federal laws provide standards and guidelines on child welfare; however, State laws and regulations primarily govern these issues. This Web site provides publication and resources related to State and Federal civil laws on child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption. 
  • The Child Abuse and Neglect User Manual Series
    Since the late 1970s, this popular series has been used for formal training, self-instruction, desktop reference, and program development by hundreds of thousands of multidisciplinary professionals working with abused and neglected children and their families, as well as by students and concerned community members. The purpose of this series is to reflect the current state of knowledge on child abuse and neglect by providing a foundation for understanding child abuse and neglect issues and the roles and responsibilities of various professionals in preventing, identifying, and responding to child maltreatment.