Building Solutions in Child Protective Services / Edition 1
  • Building Solutions in Child Protective Services / Edition 1
  • Building Solutions in Child Protective Services / Edition 1

Building Solutions in Child Protective Services / Edition 1

by Insoo Kim Berg, Susan Kelly
     
 

ISBN-10: 039370310X

ISBN-13: 9780393703108

Pub. Date: 09/17/2000

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

"[O]ffers creative ways to build alliances with families…using language and motivational interviewing to help parents focus on problem-solving….a valuable resource." —Virginia Child Protection Newsletter
How does one change the attitudes and practices of child protective services (CPS)—a statewide bureaucracy often overwhelmed and

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"[O]ffers creative ways to build alliances with families…using language and motivational interviewing to help parents focus on problem-solving….a valuable resource." —Virginia Child Protection Newsletter
How does one change the attitudes and practices of child protective services (CPS)—a statewide bureaucracy often overwhelmed and understaffed? First, take an outsider to the system, Insoo Kim Berg, who has a vision and a solution-focused model. Add an insider, Susan Kelly, who understands the system. Spend many hours with CPS workers in the field, learning from them and helping them make the shift from a deficit perspective to a collaborative model that emphasizes strengths and solutions. Envision and implement change throughout the system. Celebrate small successes on the way to building family self-sufficiency and integrity.
This recipe for reforming child protective services is being followed in many public child welfare agencies, with growing success. In Building Solutions the authors explain how to conceptualize, implement, and sustain this hopeful and positive frame in a daily practice for dedicated frontline workers as well as for those in supervision, management, and administration.
The book has two parts. In the first, the authors put child protective services in context, introducing the system and their new approach, giving a brief history of child protection in the United States, and setting the stage for change. In the second part, the authors walk readers through the nuts and bolts of implementation, from the first phone call to case closure—including discussions about placing a child out of the home. Berg and Kelly also discuss supervision, consultation, and ongoing training, as well as their vision of the future of CPS.
This book is not a manual; it is a challenge to step out of the traditional CPS "box" and think differently—to create client-driven services that make sense. The authors challenge CPS administrators, supervisors, and workers to begin conversations about how the system can be more helpful and respectful to the families so that the parents can get what they need to care for their children. Building Solutions should have a place on the desk of everyone involved in child protective services.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393703108
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/17/2000
Series:
Professional Book Series
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
1,066,749
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Pt. IChild Protective Services in Context
1Introduction to the System and Our Approach3
2A Brief History of Child Protection in the United States20
3Creating a Context for Change37
Pt. IIChild Protective Services: The Nuts and Bolts
4Beginning with a Phone Call: Responding and Going Beyond55
5Useful Tools: What and How to Use94
6Investigation as Intervention and Prevention141
7Case Closure: How Good Is Good Enough?187
8Supervision, Consultation, and Ongoing Training204
9When You Need to Place a Child Out of the Home226
The Future of CPS: A Vision for Tomorrow259
References264
App. AHandouts271
App. BVisioning Process for Local Communities284
App. CFocus Group Process for Local Communities288
App. DWorker/Supervisor Surveys290
App. ETools for Supervisors295
App. FU.S. Child Protection Legislation at a Glance302
Index305

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