Foster Youth Share Their Ideas for Change

Foster Youth Share Their Ideas for Change

by Janet Knipe, Joy Warren, Joyce Warren
     
 
How can we make child welfare services more effective and efficient? What do youth in foster care need? What better way to improve policy and practice than by asking youths who have experienced the system! This book is full of thoughtful and stimulating ideas that can provide us all with the critical resources needed to rethink our interventions at all

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How can we make child welfare services more effective and efficient? What do youth in foster care need? What better way to improve policy and practice than by asking youths who have experienced the system! This book is full of thoughtful and stimulating ideas that can provide us all with the critical resources needed to rethink our interventions at all points in the child welfare system. The authors lay out clear steps for exactly what can be done and why it makes sense.

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This booklet contains a research study by the California Youth Connection (CYC) focusing on that state's child welfare services. The report is third in a series of youth work resources, after Mark A. Krueger's Interactive Youth Work Practice and Mark J. Kroner's Housing Options for Independent Living Programs (CWLA Press, 1998 and 1999). This study asserts that the child welfare system must be overhauled, restructuring it according to the needs of its true consumers--youths, not adults. The CYC interviewed focus groups of young people within the system and received their input regarding the seven key programs in child welfare: emergency response, court process, family reunification, long-term foster care, family support, family preservation, and adoption. In each area, young people responded that they needed far more information than was given and that adults rarely asked or considered their opinions. Although the data were gathered in California, other states should report similar findings. Services and satisfaction will vary, however. Although it is presumed that communication with teens receiving social services is vital, this study's flaw is that statistics for current levels of youth satisfaction, information dispersal, and utilization of youth opinions are absent. Also unrecognized is that these recipients, regardless of maturity, are youths and that some decisions are best made by adults. Hillary Rodham Clinton provides a foreword, and the slim title ends by expanding youths' recommendations regarding the above topics. This report would be valuable reading for adults working with students in any capacity, especially because of its strong reminder of the value and need foryouth voices. Appendix. 1999, CWLA Press/Child Welfare League of America, Ages Adult, 47p, $6.95 pb. Reviewer: Lisa Spiegel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780878687480
Publisher:
Child Welfare League of America, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Series:
Youth Work Resources Series
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)

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