Family Foster Care in the Next Century

Family Foster Care in the Next Century

by Kathy Barbell, Lois M. Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765807122

ISBN-13: 9780765807120

Pub. Date: 03/30/2001

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Family foster care is supposed to provide temporary protection and nurturing for children experiencing maltreatment. Although it has long been a critical service for millions of children in the United States, the increased attention given to this service in the last two decades has focused more on its inability to achieve its intended outcomes than on its successes

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Family foster care is supposed to provide temporary protection and nurturing for children experiencing maltreatment. Although it has long been a critical service for millions of children in the United States, the increased attention given to this service in the last two decades has focused more on its inability to achieve its intended outcomes than on its successes. However, as social and political trends and new legislation reshape child welfare, policymakers and service providers continue to offer innovative policy and practice options for this child welfare service. Though use of the service has changed, family foster care remains important.

Responding to a widespread sense of the "drifting" of children in care, Congress passed the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980. This legislation became a key factor shaping the current status of family foster care. Its goal was to reduce reliance on out-of-home care and encourage use of preventive and reunification services; it also mandated that agencies engage in planning efforts for permanent solutions for foster children. Yet, despite federal mandates and funding, the child welfare system has continued to struggle to provide the level of services needed for children to reduce the amount of time children remain in temporary foster care. The latest response to these problems, the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, established unequivocally that safety, permanency, and well-being were national goals for children in the child welfare system. To comply with the law, public and private agencies are required to initiate significant program and practice changes in the coming years to improve permanency outcomes and child well-being in family foster care.

The central theme of the volume is accountability for outcomes, certainly a current driving force in child welfare as well as in other public and private service fields. This volume will be of interest to all concerned with the social welfare of children and families at the end of the twentieth century.

Kathy Barbell is director of Foster Care of the Child Welfare League of America, Washington, DC.

Lois Wright is assistant dean at the College of Social Work, University of South Carolina, Columbia.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765807120
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
03/30/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
215
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Family Foster Care in the Next Century1
Using Data for Planning
1Data-Driven Child Welfare Policy and Practice in the Next Century13
2Measuring Performance in Child Welfare: Secondary Effects of Success29
3Satisfaction of Children in Out-of-Home Care51
Enhancing Outcomes
4Concurrent Planning: Benefits and Pitfalls69
5Shared Family Care: Providing Services to Parents and Children Placed Together in Out-of-Home Care87
6Professional Foster Care: A Future Worth Pursuing?107
Promoting Child Well-Being
7Completing the Evaluation Triangle for the Next Century: Measuring Child "Well-Being" in Family Foster Care125
8Starting Young: Improving the Health and Developmental Outcomes of Infants and Toddlers in the Child Welfare System149
9Delivering Health and Mental Health Care Services to Children in Family Foster Care after Welfare and Health Care Reform167
10The Impact of Drug-Exposed Children on Family Foster Care185
11Evaluation of a Training Program for Foster Parents of Infants with Parental Substance Effects199

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