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Call for Papers
Research on Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care

The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (CASWJ) invites submissions for a special issue devoted to research on expectant and parenting youth in foster care.

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Claudette GrinneLl-Davis, PhD, MS, MSW

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Bryn King, PhD, MSW

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Svetlana Shpiegel, PhD, MSW

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Rhoda Smith, PhD, MSW

March 17, 2021

The Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal (CASWJ) invites submissions for a special issue devoted to research on expectant and parenting youth in foster care.

Existing research shows that youth who have spent time in foster care exhibit higher rates of early pregnancy and parenthood than their peers in the general youth population. The risk of becoming pregnant and giving birth or fathering a child is particularly high during late adolescence and early adulthood, as youth transition from life in the child welfare system to living on their own.

Young parenthood presents opportunities for growth, building community, and enhancing young peoples’ capacity for resiliency in the face of complex and multi-dimensional challenges.

Early parenthood has been linked to a range of adverse outcomes for the young parents and their children, such as educational and vocational difficulties, decreased financial self-sufficiency, and increased risk of intergenerational child maltreatment and child welfare system involvement.

At the same time, it presents opportunities for growth, building community, and enhancing young peoples’ capacity for resiliency in the face of complex and multi-dimensional challenges.

This special issue will feature empirical articles that address the predictors, experiences, context, and outcomes of early pregnancy and parenthood among young people who have spent time in foster care.

We are interested in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods studies, as well as scoping or systematic reviews and meta-analyses that offer theoretical and empirical insights into pregnancy and parenthood among youth with foster care backgrounds.

Studies should have clearly defined implications for research and practice or policy.

We welcome papers from a variety of fields, including but not limited to public health, nursing, social work, prevention science, psychology, psychiatry, biology, criminology, and education. We also welcome papers from child welfare contexts outside North America.

Guest Editors

This special issue will be guest edited by Claudette Grinnell-Davis, School of Social Work, University of Oklahoma, USA; Bryn King, School of Social Work, University of Toronto, Canada; Svetlana Shpiegel, Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University, USA; and Rhoda Smith, Department of Graduate Social Work, Springfield College, USA.

Journal Information

Now in its 37th year of publication, CASWJ is published six times a year. Initial decisions are typically provided within six weeks from submission. Accepted articles appear online within two months and in print within six months. The journal is indexed in Journal Citation Reports and has an impact factor of 1.156 (2019). The special issue encourages co-authorship that includes researchers and persons from other fields, including service providers, educators, coaches, policy makers, health care practitioners, etc.

Submission Information

Email manuscript submissions directly to Dr. Claudette Grinnell-Davis. Papers should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and formatted according to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

For any questions regarding this special issue, please contact Dr. Claudette Grinnell-Davis or Dr. Svetlana Shpiegel.

Deadline

The deadline for submission of papers for possible inclusion in this special issue is June 1, 2021. 

Claudette Grinnell-Davis is an assistant professor in the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests in child welfare prevention and the etiology of child maltreatment grew out of her practice experience as a family reunification specialist, where she realized that the services parents received while separated from their children did not correspond well to the underlying reasons for removal from care. Operating from a clinical ecosystems framework, she maintains that multiple risk factors and pathways into child welfare system involvement requires a constellation of interventions available for best results; the primary problem then becomes identifying and prioritizing intervention targets. She is also particularly interested on how to improve child welfare outcomes for Native American parents and how historical trauma influences maladaptive parenting practices. Dr. Grinnell-Davis is a non-status descendant of Anishinaabeg peoples of the Canadian Great Lakes region and identifies culturally as Indigenous. Read more.

Dr. Aparicio conducts community-engaged research in order to improve health equity via three interrelated areas: teen pregnancy prevention and parenting support; early childhood intervention; and child maltreatment prevention. She works to serve as a conduit for community voices, especially of maltreated parenting youth, to become a critical part of the conversation on the practices and policies that directly impact them. Dr. Aparicio worked for 9 years as a social worker with parenting foster youth and as an early childhood mental health specialist before entering academia. Dr. Aparicio is currently an assistant professor of behavioral and community health where she teaches courses in qualitative research methods, human sexuality, and community health engagement; mentors amazing students; and conducts applied and intervention research in Maryland and Hawaii with youth who are in foster care, homeless, or justice-involved. Read more. 

Dr. Amy Dworsky is a Chapin Hall Research Fellow whose research focuses on vulnerable youth populations, including youth aging out of foster care, homeless youth, and foster youth who are pregnant and/or parenting, as well as the systems in which those youth are involved. Dr. Dworsky was the Principal Investigator for an evaluation of a pilot program that connects pregnant and parenting youth in care with home visiting services and for an evaluation of a Risk Reduction Training for pregnant and parenting youth in care designed to reduce infant mortality. She is currently leading CQI activities for two evidence based home visiting programs as part of the Illinois Family First evaluation plan and is Co-Investigator for the Center for Professional Development on Promoting Adolescent Health and Preventing Pregnancy among Vulnerable Youth, which is funded by the Office of Population Affairs. Read more. 

Rhoda Smith received her Bachelor of Psychology from California State University – Fullerton, MSW from the University of Southern California, and her PhD from Loma Linda University. She has 25 years of child welfare experience in California, ranging from child welfare social worker to child welfare training site director. As a social worker with lived experience as a teen mother and foster alum, she is committed to making an impact in the policy arena for foster youth. She plans to continue research which highlights wellbeing issues for foster youth transitioning from the system while navigating the challenges of parenthood. Read more.