The Family at Risk: Issues and Trends in Family Preservation Services / Edition 1

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Overview

The Family at Risk offers a comprehensive overview and assessment of the family preservation movement, a relatively new and highly controversial form of service delivery to families at imminent risk of child removal. Mandated by federal legislation and hotly debated by politicians, practitioners, and public citizens, family preservation programs provide flexible, labor-intensive, home-based services that allow families to remain intact while addressing issues that threaten their safety and survival. Marianne Berry examines such programs, which have proliferated throughout the United States, and speculates on the future of this emotionally charged aspect of social work policy and practice.

Berry measures the overall effectiveness of several family preservation models currently in use throughout the United States; defines many commonly misused terms, including "imminent risk" and "reasonable efforts;" and illustrates how principles of family preservation programs are often at odds with the philosophy and constraints of larger public child welfare and child protective services systems.

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The often wrenching question of whether children should remain with families even when conditions are considerably less than optimal informs this well-researched book by Berry (social work and director of the Ctr. of Child Welfare, Univ. of Texas at Arlington). Mandated by recent federal legislation, family preservation is of concern to policymakers, practitioners, and public citizens. Berry provides a comprehensive examination of family preservation in four major sections that consider its philosophical, practical, programmatic, and political aspects. Although her goal is to keep the family together, she does not prettify the picture as she details the labor-intensive work involved. This is an important contribution to the growing literature on family preservation and is appropriate to academic, law, agency, and larger public libraries.Ellen Gilbert, Rutgers Univ., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570031632
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Social Problems and Social Issues Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 214
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Preface
Preface
Acknowledgments
Ch. 1 The Call to Preserve Families 3
Ch. 2 The Policy Framework of Permanency Planning and Family Preservation 25
Ch. 3 The Empirical Base for Family Preservation Principles 49
Ch. 4 Intensive Family Preservation Service Models 71
Ch. 5 Family Preservation Programs and Their Effectiveness 91
Ch. 6 Administrative and Organizational Issues 106
Ch. 7 Determining "Risk" and Targeting Appropriate Cases 129
Ch. 8 The Relative Efficacy of Hard and Soft Services 143
Ch. 9 Combining Research and Practice Tools 159
Ch. 10 Future Directions for Family Preservation 186
Index 196
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