CFLE Network, a quarterly newsletter published by the National Council on Family Relations for Certified Family Life Educators, is a resource filled with information about Family Life Education. Network provides an opportunity for CFLEs to share their knowledge and expertise with other active CFLEs through research- or practice-based articles.

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Call for Articles

Summer 2022: Foster Family Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption

Submit proposals by June 1, 2022
Article deadline: June 15, 2022

The Summer 2022 issue of CFLE Network will focus on issues relevant to Foster Family Care, Kinship Care, and Adoption and the practice of Family Life Education.

Foster family care, kinship care, and adoption, three options for nurturing and keeping children safe, are interconnected in the United States (Bell & Romano, 2017; Nelson, 2020). Although pursued differently, the three family types share similar goals: move children from situations deemed unsafe into safe settings (Bell & Romano, 2017), work toward permanency (i.e., “placement stability; Brodzinsky & Smith, 2019, p. 185), and foster and/or maintain attachment and emotional connection to significant others (Brodzinsky & Smith, 2019).

Undoubtedly, there are Certified Family Life Educators (CFLEs) and other readers well versed in the complexities of foster families, kin families, and adoptive families, the connections among the three family forms and who have experience working with foster families, kinship families, and adoptive families. We hope you will submit manuscripts about your knowledge and experiences for the Summer 2022 issue of Network.

Please consider contributing an article for the Summer 2022 issue of Network on foster family care, kinship care, and adoption relevant to Family Life Education (FLE) and/or issues identified in this Call for Articles. Examples of potential topics include the following:

  • Describe your experience developing and/or implementing a FLE support program for foster families, kinship families, and/or adoptive families.
  • Describe your experience developing and/or implementing support programs for children or teens in foster or kinship care or adoptive children.
  • Describe the role of CFLEs in preparing adoptive parents for adding children with a history of trauma and foster care placement to their families.
  • Describe the role of CFLEs in preparing straight, gay, and lesbian couples who are adopting an infant from the child welfare system for the transition to parenthood.
  • Discuss open adoption, arrangements for open adoption, guidelines for contact between adoptive parents and birth parents, and the outcomes associated with both open and closed adoptions.
  • Describe your experiences addressing the systematic and individual racism that perpetuate the disproportional involvement of African American and Native American children in the child welfare system.



Bell, T., & Romano, E. (2017). Permanency and safety among children in foster family and kinship care: A scoping review. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 18(3), 268–286.

Brodzinsky, D., & Smith, S. L. (2019). Commentary: Understanding research, policy, and practice issues in adoption instability. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(2), 185–194. https://doi-10.1177/1049731518782647

Nelson, L. R. (2020). Discourses and themes in adoption and child welfare policies and practices in the U.S. throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Adoption Quarterly, 1–19.


Preference in manuscript selection is given to those authored by CFLEs. However, we accept manuscripts authored by individuals who do not have the CFLE credential but do have expertise related to the issue theme when the content is relevant and beneficial to CFLEs.

The CFLE Network includes five regular columns: CFLE in Context, Research Update for Practitioners, Family Life Education in Practice, CFLE Voices From the Field, and Perspectives. Three other columns, Wisdom for Family Life Educators, an Ethics Case Study, and the Book Review, appear on a less regular basis.

Authors, if you intend to submit, please contact [email protected] by June 1. The submission deadline for articles is June 15, 2022.

Please review the submission guidelines below.

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