Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care

Achieving Permanence for Older Children and Youth in Foster Care

by Benjamin Kerman
     
 

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Through a novel integration of child welfare data, policy analysis, and evidence-informed youth permanency practice, the essays in this volume show how to achieve and sustain family permanence for older children and youth in foster care. Researchers examine what is known about permanency outcomes for youth in foster care, how the existing knowledge base can be

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Through a novel integration of child welfare data, policy analysis, and evidence-informed youth permanency practice, the essays in this volume show how to achieve and sustain family permanence for older children and youth in foster care. Researchers examine what is known about permanency outcomes for youth in foster care, how the existing knowledge base can be applied to improve these outcomes, and the directions that future research should take to strengthen youth permanence practice and policy. Part 1 examines child welfare data concerning reunification, adoption, and relative custody and guardianship and the implications for practice and policy. Part 2 addresses law, regulation, court reform, and resource allocation as vital components in achieving and sustaining family permanence. Contributors examine the impact of policy change created by court reform and propose new federal and state policy directions. Part 3 outlines a range of practices designed to achieve family permanence for youth in foster care: preserving families through community-based services, reunification, adoption, and custody and guardianship arrangements with relatives. As growing numbers of youth continue to "age out" of foster care without permanent families, researchers, practitioners, and policymakers have increasingly focused on developing evidence-informed policies, practices, services and supports to improve outcomes for youth. Edited by leading professionals in the field, this text recommends the most relevant and effective methods for improving family permanency outcomes for older youth in foster care.

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Editorial Reviews

Families in Society Online - Lidwinner Machado
I recommend this book as a must-have for all child welfare agencies and child welfare professionals in the field.
Families in Society Online - Lidwinner machado

I recommend this book as a must-have for all child welfare agencies and child welfare professionals in the field.

Choice

This book will be a good resource for anyone interested in the population of older foster children and youth... Highly recommended.

Families in Society Online

I recommend this book as a must-have for all child welfare agencies and child welfare professionals in the field.

— Lidwinner machado, Child Welfare Program, social service specialist

Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Sciences Online
I recommend this book as a must-have for all child welfare agencies and child welfare professionals in the field.

— Lidwinner machado, Child Welfare Program, social service specialist

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231146890
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
05/12/2009
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Gerald P. Mallon

Although young people rarely use words like 'permanency' to describe the lifetime connections that are needed as one transitions from youth to adulthood, child welfare practitioners, scholars, and policymakers have struggled to form their own collective voice about this important topic. Well, the struggle for a collective voice should be over. These fine authors highlight the issues and speak in one clear voice about the need for achieving permanency for older children and youth in the U.S. foster care system.

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