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Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
     

Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs

by Gerald P. Mallon
 

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This up-to-date and comprehensive resource by leaders in child welfare is the first book to reflect the impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997. The text serves as a single-source reference for a wide array of professionals who work in children, youth, and family services in the United States-policymakers, social workers, psychologists,

Overview

This up-to-date and comprehensive resource by leaders in child welfare is the first book to reflect the impact of the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) of 1997. The text serves as a single-source reference for a wide array of professionals who work in children, youth, and family services in the United States-policymakers, social workers, psychologists, educators, attorneys, guardians ad litem, and family court judges& mdash;and as a text for students of child welfare practice and policy.

Features include:
* Organized around ASFA's guiding principles of well-being, safety, and permanency
* Focus on evidence-based "best practices"
* Case examples integrated throughout
* First book to include data from the first round of National Child and Family
Service Reviews

Topics discussed include the latest on prevention of child abuse and neglect and child protective services; risk and resilience in child development; engaging families; connecting families with public and community resources; health and mental health care needs of children and adolescents; domestic violence; substance abuse in the family; family preservation services; family support services and the integration of family-centered practices in child welfare; gay and lesbian adolescents and their families; children with disabilities; and runaway and homeless youth. The contributors also explore issues pertaining to foster care and adoption, including a focus on permanency planning for children and youth and the need to provide services that are individualized and culturally and spiritually responsive to clients. A review of salient systemic issues in the field of children, youth, and family services completes this collection.

Editorial Reviews

Leslie Hollingsworth
The child welfare system in the United States is a complex one—in and of itself and in its intricate association with a number of other systems that directly impact children and families. This text does an excellent job of covering child welfare system national policies, the family and social issues they give rise to, and their implications for services to involved children, adolescents, and families.

Lorraine R. Tempel
Gerald P. Mallon and Peg McCartt Hess have put together a comprehensive handbook that contains crucial material for individuals and organizations seeking information on the most contemporary child welfare issues in the United States. It provides hands-on, practice-oriented material while staying connected to the most relevant, legislatively driven policy issues and the associated front-line realities faced by those intimately connected to the field of child welfare.

Choice
Mallon and Hess offer an extraordinarily comprehensive account of child welfare practice, policy, and programming in this updated version of their 2005 classic.... Highly recommended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231511162
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
784
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

Gerald P. Mallon is a professor and executive director of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. He is the author or editor of numerous books, most recently Gay Men Choosing Parenthood (Columbia, 2004).

Peg McCartt Hess is a consultant on child-welfare practice. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many: The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (Columbia, 2003) with Brenda McGowan and Michael Botsko and Empowering Community Organizations (forthcoming).


Gerald P. Mallon, DSW is a professor and executive director of the National Resource Center for Family-Centered Practice and Permanency Planning at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. He is the author or editor of numerous books, most recently Gay Men Choosing Parenthood (Columbia, 2004).

Peg McCartt Hess, PhD is a consultant on child-welfare practice. She is former Professor at the University of South Carolina School of Social Work and former Professor and Associate Dean at Columbia University School of Social Work. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Nurturing the One, Supporting the Many: The Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Brooklyn (Columbia, 2003) with Brenda McGowan and Michael Botsko and Empowering Community Organizations (forthcoming from Columbia).

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