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Faith Johnson Bonecutter

Clinical Associate Professor 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Student Services 
BA, Mount Holyoke College 
AM, University of Chicago 
MSW, University of Illinois at Chicago 


Faith Johnson Bonecutter

Professional Interests 

  • Social work practice with families
  • Supervision and field instruction 
  • Kinship care
  • Child welfare training 
  • Permanency planning

Current Research

  • The Kinship Care Practice Project, funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research, conducted with Co-Principal Investigator, James P. Gleeson, PhD


  • Social Work Practice 

Practice Experience

Post-master's degree experience includes direct practice with individuals, couples, and families and provision of training, consultation and technical assistance to schools, mental health agencies, public and private social service agencies related to services to low income and minority children and families.


Gleeson, J.P., Bonecutter, F.J., & Altshuler, S.J. (1995). Facilitating permanence in kinship care: The Illinois project. In G.R. Anderson & J.P. Gleeson (Eds.), Kinship Care Forum (pp.7-24). New York: National Resource Center for Permanency Planning at the Hunter College School of Social Work. 

Bonecutter, F.J. & Gleeson, J.P. (1997). Broadening our view: Lessons from kinship foster. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, Vol.5, #1/2, pp. 99-119. Also simultaneously co-published in Gary R. Anderson, Angela Shen Ryan, and Bogart R. Leashore (Eds.), The Challenge of Permanency Planning in a Multicultural Society (pp. 99-119). New York: The Haworth Press, Inc. 

Gleeson, J.P., O'Donnell, J., & Bonecutter, F.J. (1997). Understanding the complexity of practice in kinship foster care. Child Welfare, 76(6), 801-826. 

Bonecutter, F.J. & Gleeson, J.P. (1997). Achieving Permanency for Children in Kinship Foster Care: A training manual. Chicago: Jane Addams College of Social Work and the Jane Addams Center for Social Policy and Research, University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Bonecutter, F.J. (1999). Defining best practice in kinship care through research and demonstration. In J.P. Gleeson and C.F. Hairston (Eds.), Kinship care: Improving Practice through Research (pp. 37-59). Washington, D.C.: Child Welfare League of America.

Affiliations, Associations, & Consultations 

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors