BUSSW Faculty & Student Awarded Best Quantitative Article by Families in Society Journal
An article on family engagement in the child welfare system by BU School of Social Work faculty members Astraea Augsberger and Mary E. Collins and MSW student Benjamin Levine was named one of the best quantitative articles of 2022 by social services journal Families in Society.
Cristina Mogro-Wilson, the journal’s editor-in-chief, says their article was awarded because it “discusses timely issues and significantly expands and deepens the body of knowledge in social work,” and displays originality, sound conceptualization, and logical and sophisticated methodology. Titled “Family Engagement in Child Welfare System-Level Change: A Review of Current Models,” the article analyzes publicly available data to document U.S. state efforts to engage families in child welfare practice.
Astraea Augsberger is an assistant professor at BUSSW and is committed to giving youth and families a voice in institutional practices. Her research focuses on decision-making in institutions including child welfare, municipal government, education and health care.
Mary E. Collins is a professor at BUSSW and an internationally recognized child welfare expert. The author of “Macro Perspectives on Youths Aging Out of Foster Care,” her current research is focused on employment-related policies for vulnerable youth.
Benjamin Levine, a BUSSW research assistant, is a student in the School’s dual degree program in social work and public health.