“In the development of any area of human endeavor, the early history reflects the perspectives of the pioneers and is in turn reflected in various ways as the field continues to emerge. In addition, some of the crucial wisdom and idealism that marked the beginning may become diluted or even be lost as the field comes up against competing interests and perspectives and as it becomes institutionalized. For these reasons and others, it seems important that we not lose sight of our history and maintain the ability to ‘consult' the pioneers and their work. Hence the development of an archive of such materials seems to be a worthwhile thing to do.”
Baker, J. & Gange, J. (2001). Toward a taxonomy for the Child and Youth Care field: Seeking help from our colleagues. CYC-Online, 35.
Child and Youth Care is a unique field of practice - a different kind of profession that seeks to minimize professional distance between the adult, child, and family. It is connected to, yet distinct from the fields of psychology, social work, and education.
Child and Youth Care is the work of those engaged directly in the lives of young people and families within the space and time of their daily lives. Child and Youth Care practitioners work across a variety of practice settings (e.g., residential, community, education, on the street) and across a variety of roles (e.g., direct practice, educator, trainer, supervisor, researcher).
This page reflects a growing collection of items from around the world that are important to the field. It's a home to archival items from a range of influencers in the field and aims to remind us of the importance of our history and inspire us with hope for the future.
The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net) has published a CYC-Online as a monthly journal since 1999 and the entire archive issues are freely available.
The Journal of Child and Youth Care Work has been sponsored by the Association for Child and Youth Care Practice since 1985 - and the entire archive of issues is freely accessible through the University of Pittsburgh.
c. 1945 - October 4, 2014
Mark Krueger’s career spanned over four decades and benefited children and youth as well as the Child and Youth Care workers around the world who were empowered by his teaching, leadership, and writings. His work began as a Child and Youth Care worker and supervisor at the Lutheran Children’s Friend Society and later at the Lakeside Children’s Center, both in Milwaukee. Mark founded the Youth Work Learning Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1979 and was the founding editor of the Journal of Child and Youth Care Work in 1984, a publication designed to give the field a distinct voice by encouraging direct line workers to contribute along with scholars. A legacy of Mark’s career is his focus on the interactive, dynamic, and relational aspects which make Child and Youth Care a crucial and unique field.
Thoughts from Mark Krueger
Collection highlights from Mark Krueger
Leon Fulcher (Wairoa, New Zealand)
Thom Garfat (Quebec, Canada)
William Greenaway (Florida, USA)
Angela Keller-Simpson (Milwaukee, USA)
John Korsmo (Washington, USA)
Jody Rhodes (Wisconsin, USA)
Sister Madeleine Rybicki (Ohio, USA)
Andrew Schneider-Munoz (California, USA)
Martin Stabrey (Cape Town, South Africa)