In volume 692 of The ANNALS, special editors Lawrence M. Berger and Kristen S. Slack bring together scholars of child welfare “to increase awareness among scholars, policy-makers, and practitioners of the size, scope, and functions of child welfare services in the United States.” Though the child welfare system in the United States has the goal of “promot[ing] safety, permanency … and well-being for children experiencing or at risk of child maltreatment,” there is actually not one system, but instead many systems, depending on the state or county in which one lives, and these systems have considerable variation in policies and practice. The authors in this volume of The ANNALS draw on empirical research to propose reforms to the child welfare system(s) so that child welfare in the United States can truly promote the safety and well-being of all children, especially those who historically have been, and remain, disadvantaged in American society and its child welfare system.
2015 Eleanor Roosevelt Fellow
Cecilia Elena Rouse is the Dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and the Lawrence and Shirley Katzman and Lewis and Anna Ernst Professor in the Economics of Education. She is also President Biden’s pick as Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers (CEA).
Rouse is the founding director of the Princeton University Education Research Section, a member of the National Academy of Education, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her primary research interests are in labor economics with a focus on the economics of education. Rouse has served as an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics and is currently a senior editor of The Future of Children. In 1998–99 she served a year in the White House at the National Economic Council, and from 2009–2011 she served as a member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers. She is a member of the board of directors of MDRC, and a director of the T. Rowe Price Equity Mutual Funds and T. Rowe Price Fixed Income Mutual Funds. She received her BA in economics from Harvard University in 1986 and a PhD in economics from Harvard University in 1992.