Research has already been a significant factor in child welfare policy in recent years, but this essential new volume demonstrates that it has taken a leading role in the field to spur and guide change. In the incisive chapters gathered here, some of the field's top investigators present their work and assess its effect on the full spectrum of child welfare services. Future generations of researchers, as well as students, practitioners, and service providers, will find the ...
Research has already been a significant factor in child welfare policy in recent years, but this essential new volume demonstrates that it has taken a leading role in the field to spur and guide change. In the incisive chapters gathered here, some of the field's top investigators present their work and assess its effect on the full spectrum of child welfare services. Future generations of researchers, as well as students, practitioners, and service providers, will find the resulting text indispensable.
Edited by Duncan Lindsey and Aron Shlonsky, two of the discipline's most articulate voices, the book covers every base. The opening chapters situate child welfare research in the modern context; they are followed by discussions of evidence-based practice in the field, arguably its most pressing concern now. Recent years have seen historic rises in the number of children adopted through public agencies and, accordingly, permanent placement and family ties are critical topics that occupy the book's core, along with chapters broaching the thorny questions that surround decision-making and risk assessment. The urgent need for a more effective use of research and evidence is highlighted again with looks at the future of child protection and how concrete data can influence policy and help children. Finally, in recognition of the growing importance of a global view, closing chapters address international issues in child welfare research, including an examination of policies from abroad and a multinational comparison of the economic challenges facing single mothers and their children.
With its insightful treatment of child welfare services in terms of the broader welfare system andacknowledgment of the myriad problems child welfare agencies face, this exceptional compendium offers a rich understanding of the social conditions that influence contemporary child welfare and enables the field to move ahead without losing sight of valuable lessons that have been learned.
Duncan Lindsey is a Professor in the UCLA School of Public Affairs. The recipient of the ProHumanitate medal, he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Children and Youth Services Review.
Aron Shlonsky is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work and is the director of the Bell Canada Child Welfare Research Unit.
Child Welfare Research: An Introduction Duncan Lindsey Aron Shlonsky Alan McLuckie 3
Child Welfare Research in Context 13
Epidemiology of Child Maltreatment Nico Trocme 15
Informing Child Welfare: The Promise and Limits of Empirical Research Leroy H. Pelton 25
Evidence-Based Practice in Child Welfare 49
Providing More Effective, Ethical Services: The Philosophy and Process of Evidence-Based (-Informed) Practice Eileen Gambrill 51
How Do We Know What Works? The Quality of Published Reviews of Evidence-Based Practices Julia H. Littell 66
Research on Permanency: Adoption, Guardianship, and Family Ties 95
The Influence of an Adoption Experiment on Social Policy Trudy Festinger 99
New Permanency Strategies for Children in Foster Care Mark Testa 108
The Transition to Adulthood Among Youth "Aging Out" of Care: What Have We Learned? Amy Dworsky 125
Moving Restorative Justice Interventions into Domestic Violence Treatment Colleen Friend 145
A Descriptive Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: Implications for Child Welfare Policy Lynette M. Renner Kristen Shook Slack Lawrence M. Berger 154
Decision Making in Child Welfare 173
Decision Making in Child Welfare: Constraints and Potentials Eileen Gambrill 175
Lessons from Research on Decision Making Eileen Munro 194
Assessing Risk Throughout the Life of a Child Welfare Case Judith S. Rycus Ronald C. Hughes 201
Improving Social Work Practice Through the Use of Technology and Advanced Research Methods Ira M. Schwartz Peter R. Jones David R. Schwartz Zoran Obradovic 214
Evidence-Based Child Welfare Policy 231
The Future of Child Protection Revisited Jane Waldfogel 235
The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations William Meezan Bowen McBeath 242
Self-Evaluation: Using Data to Guide Policy and Practice in Public Child Welfare Agencies Daniel Webster Charles L. Usher Barbara Needell Judith Wildfire 261
Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net Mark E. Courtney Amy Dworsky Irving Piliavin Steven McMurtry 271
Promoting Child Well-Being Through Early Intervention: Findings from the Chicago Longitudinal Study Arthur J. Reynolds Joshua Mersky 291
Heeding Horton: Transcending the Public Welfare Paradigm David Stoesz 307
Accounts at Birth: A Proposal to Improve Life Chances Through a National System of Children's Savings Accounts Reid Cramer 318
International Issues in Child Welfare Research 343
Beyond Child Welfare: International Perspectives on Child and Family Policies Sheila B. Kamerman Alfred J. Kahn 345
The Effect of Children on the Income Status of Female-Headed Households: An Intercountry Comparison Martha N. Ozawa Yongwoo Lee 357
Closing Reflections: Future Research Directions and a New Paradigm Duncan Lindsey Aron Shlonsky 375