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Within a historical and contemporary context, this book examines major policy practice and research issues as they jointly shape child welfare practice and its future. In addition to describing the major problems facing the field, the book highlights service innovations that have been developed in recent years. The resulting picture is encouraging, especially if certain major program reforms I are implemented and agencies are able to concentrate resources in a focused manner.
The volume emphasizes families and children whose primary recourse to services has been through publicly funded child welfare agencies. The book considers historical areas of service—foster care and adoptions, in-home family-centered services, child-protective services, and residential services—where social work has an important role. Authors address the many fields of practice in which child and family services are provided or that involve substantial numbers of social work programs, such as services to adolescent parents, child mental health, education, and juvenile justice agencies.
This new edition will continue to serve as a fundamental introduction for new practitioners, as well as summary of recent developments for experienced practitioners.
1 Purpose and Goals of Child Welfare 1
2 Key Child Welfare Legislation and Other Policies 31
3 A Conceptual Framework for Child and Family-Centered Services 63
4 Economic Security for Families with Children 89
5 Child Maltreatment Types, Rates, and Reporting Procedures 119
6 Child Protective Services 149
7 Family-Based Services 167
8 Family Foster Care 195
9 Family Reunification and Kinship Care 219
10 Transition and Independent Living Services 245
11 Adoption and Adoption Services 269
12 Residential Group Care and Intensive Treatment Alternatives 293
13 Organizational Requisites and Challenges to Effective Child Welfare Services 313
Subject Index 425
Author Index 437