Evidence-Informed Assessment and Practice in Child Welfare

  • John S. Wodarski
  • Michael J. Holosko
  • Marvin D. Feit

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Context for Providing Evidence-Informed Assessments for Children and Families

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. John S. Wodarski, Jessica W. Johnston
      Pages 27-40
    3. Michael J. Holosko, Sarah Tillotson, Johnna E. Ojo
      Pages 41-51
    4. John S. Wodarski, Sandy R. Johnson
      Pages 53-65
    5. Marvin D. Feit, R. Manon Kraus, Aaron R. Brown
      Pages 67-81
  3. Field-Tested Evidence-Informed Assessments

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. John S. Wodarski
      Pages 99-121
    3. Marvin D. Feit, Cyomara Fisher, Joanna Cummings, Ashley Peery
      Pages 123-133
  4. Field-Tested Evidence-Informed Interventions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. Michael J Holosko, Rachel Cooper, Kimberly High, Andrea Loy, Johnna Ojo
      Pages 137-164
    3. Michael J. Holosko, Jason Bostur
      Pages 189-217
    4. John S. Wodarski, Mary Stangarone, Jaime Frimpong
      Pages 219-240
    5. Shauna Cook, Cindy McCleary-North, Shannon Waldrup, Carrie Fair
      Pages 241-259
    6. Marvin D Feit, Jennifer Holmes, Jason Minor, Renee Strong, Kat Murphy
      Pages 279-293
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 299-304

About this book


This practice-oriented text presents evidence-based assessment methods and interventions that have been extensively field-tested in child welfare settings. The contributors offer empirical and field insights, comprehensive treatment models, and curricula in key areas such as child maltreatment, substance abuse, parent training, social skills, and youth employment interventions. For the professional reader, the book offers real-world guidance on social work practice, from hiring opportunities within a system to promoting lasting change as families and their issues grow increasingly complex. These chapters also take significant steps toward future improvements in child protection systems as the field evolves toward being more coordinated, effective, and professional.

Included in the coverage:

  • Legal requisites for social work practice in child abuse and neglect.
  • The integrated model for human service delivery in child welfare.
  • Risk assessment: issues and implementation in child protective services.
  • Substance use and abuse: screening tools and assessment instruments.
  • The process of intervention with multi-problem families.
  • Preventative services for children and adolescents.

Its multi-level approach makes Evidence-Informed Assessment and Practice in Child Welfare an essential professional development text for social workers, particularly those new to the job, as well as a progressive blueprint for social work administrators.


Child Maltreatment Child Sex Abuse Child Welfare Practice Child and Adolescent Social Work Contributing Factors to Child Abuse Evidence-Informed Assessments for Children Issues and Implementation in Child Protective Services Multi-problem Families Parent Training Risk Assessment Service Delivery in Child Welfare Social Work Interventions Social Work Practice Substance Use and Abuse

Editors and affiliations

  • John S. Wodarski
    • 1
  • Michael J. Holosko
    • 2
  • Marvin D. Feit
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Social WorkThe University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.Ethelyn R. Strong School of Social WorkNorfolk State UniversityNorfolkUSA

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