Each chapter begins with “Introduction,” and concludes with “Trends and Issues,” “Chapter Summary,” “For Study and Discussion,” “For Additional Study,” “Internet Sites,” and “References.”
1. An Introduction to Family and Child Services.
The Changing American Family.
Problems of Children and Young Persons.
Historical Highlights of Services to Families and Children.
Public Policies for Families and Children.
Child and Family Services.
Culturally Competent Family and Child Services.
The Organization of Services.
2. Rights and Responsibilities of Parents, Children, and Government.
Rights and Responsibilities of Parents.
Rights and Responsibilities of Children.
Rights and Responsibilities of Governments.
3. Preventive and Family Support Services.
Case Example: Reaching Out to a Family at Risk for Child Maltreatment.
Need for Preventive and Family Support Services.
The Many Faces of Family Life.
Culturally Diverse Families.
Framework for Preventive and Family Support Services.
Family Support Services.
Prevention Programs for Children and Adolescents.
4. Supporting Families with Day Care and Child Development Programs.
Case Example: A Neighborhood Day Care Network.
Changing Patterns of Work and Family.
Sharing the Costs of Care.
Day Care Regulation.
Working Parents Child CareArrangements.
Day Care Programs.
Recent Research on Child Care.
Sexual Abuse in Day Care.
Developmental Programs for Families With Young Children.
Historical Development of Day Care.
5. Family Income Security.
Case Example: Welfare Reform Creates Hard Choices for Mothers.
Poverty in the United States.
Background of the TANF Programs.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Other Income Programs for Families With Children.
Assessment of Welfare Reform.
Welfare Reform and Child Well-Being.
6. Law And Procedure: Court Intervention with Children, Youth, and Families.
The Juvenile Court Movement.
The Family Court Movement.
The Criminal Court Movement.
The Structure of the Legal System.
Legal Matters for The Child Welfare System.
Juvenile Court Procedures.
Criminal Court Procedures.
The Roles of Social Workers in the Court Process.
7. Protecting Children from Abuse and Neglect.
Case Example: A Protective Services Investigation.
Aims and Special Attributes of Child Protective Services.
Historical Development of Protective Services.
The Definitional Dilemma.
Reporting Child Maltreatment.
An Ecological View of Child Maltreatment.
Consequences of Child Maltreatment.
Sexual Abuse of Children.
The Practice of Child Protection.
Interviewing in Child Protective Services.
Aspects of Community Support And Influence.
8. Family Preservation.
Case Example: Using Intensive Family Based Service to Prevent Placement.
Controversy Concerning Family Preservation Philosophy and Services.
Characteristics of Family Preservation Services.
Programs That Prevent Placement and Preserve Families.
The Practice of Family-Based Services.
Other Approaches That Help High-Risk Families.
Evaluation of Family Preservation Programs.
Kinship Care as Family Preservation.
9. Foster Care: A Service for Children and Their Families.
Case Example: Concurrent Planning in Foster Care.
Permanency, Safety, and Family Continuity: Critical Contemporary Issues.
Historical Development: Early Beginnings.
From Twentieth-Century Child Welfare Reforms to a Twenty-First Century Model.
Basic Characteristics of Foster Care.
Why Children Are Placed in Foster Care.
Characteristics of Children in Care.
Working with the Placement Process.
Meeting The Needs of Children in Foster Care.
Permanency Planning: Family Reunification.
Types of Foster Care.
Teamwork in Out-of-Home Care.
Protecting Children and Youth in Out-of-Home Care.
10. Families by Adoption.
Case Example: Helping an Older Child Use Adoption.
The Changing World of Adoption.
Some Adoption Facts and Patterns.
Underlying Principles of the Agency Adoptive Process.
The Experience of Adoption.
The Legal Framework for Adoption.
Adoption of Children with Special Needs.
Adoption of Children of Color.
11. Case Xample: Juvenile Delinquents: The Community's Dilemma.
Scope of the Problem.
Historical Development of Juvenile Delinquency Services.
Risk Factors for Delinquency.
Classification of Juvenile Offenders.
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention and Early Intervention Strategies.
Interventions with the Chronic Juvenile Offender.
Female Juvenile Offenders.
12. Professional Responsibilities: Ethics and Advocacy.
Special Issues in Child Welfare Practice.