From Child Abuse to Permanency Planning: Child Welfare Services Pathways and Placements

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More than two million child abuse reports are filed annually on behalf of children in the United States. Each of the reported children becomes a concern, at least temporarily, of the professional who files the report, and each family is assessed by additional professionals. A substantial number of children in these families will subsequently enter foster care. Until now, the relationships between the performance of our child welfare system and the growth and outcomes of foster care have not been understood. In an...
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Overview

More than two million child abuse reports are filed annually on behalf of children in the United States. Each of the reported children becomes a concern, at least temporarily, of the professional who files the report, and each family is assessed by additional professionals. A substantial number of children in these families will subsequently enter foster care. Until now, the relationships between the performance of our child welfare system and the growth and outcomes of foster care have not been understood. In an effort to clarify them, Barth and his colleagues have synthesized the results of their longitudinal study in California of the paths taken by children after the initial abuse report: foster care, a return to their homes, or placement for adoption. Because the outcomes of child welfare services in California have national significance, this is far more than a regional study. It provides a comprehensive picture of children's experiences in the child welfare system, and a gauge of the effectiveness of that system. The policy implications of the California study have bearing on major federal and state initiatives to prevent child abuse and reduce unnecessary foster and group home care.
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“Permanency planning, the child welfare revolution of the 1970s and '80s, sought to end the limbo and drift that so many children in foster care experienced. Barth and his colleagues (all at the Univ. of California, Berkeley, except Courtney, Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison) report findings from a large-scale California study that investigated the extent to which the promise of permanency planning is being fulfilled… An important contribution to the literature on child welfare, recommended for scholars and policy makers as well as administrators and practitioners in the field.” —B. A. Pine, Choice “The authors use data from California’s child welfare system to explore current trends in service delivery as they reflect the permanency planning mandate of the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act of 1980… As this instructive volume makes clear, until the child welfare system becomes a family welfare system, it is folly to hope for a significant increase in permanency for children.” —Martha Morrison Dore, Journal of Marriage and the Family “This book arises from the work of the Berkeley Child Welfare Research Center… Its considerable strengths lie in the quality, range and substance of the data it has gathered, analysed and synthesized.” —Ian Butler, International Social Work “If we want to enhance the lives of children and families we touch, then we must fill the gaps in our knowledge about what happens to them in the child welfare system. The authors of From Child Abuse to Permanency Planning have made an important contribution to improving outcomes for children and families by expanding out knowledge of the current paths taken by some children from report, to placements, to discharge.” —Kathy Barbell, Child Welfare
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780202360867
  • Publisher: Transaction Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/31/1994
  • Series: Modern Applications of Social Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 297
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Vicky Albert is associate professor of social work at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She is the author of Welfare Dependence and Welfare Policy. Jill Duerr Berrick is Zellerbach Family Professor and co-director, Center for Child and Youth Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mark Courtney is director of research and development and the Ballmer Endowed Chair for Child Well-Being at the University of Washington School of Social Work.

Richard P. Barth is dean of the School of Social Work and professor at the University of Maryland. He is the author or editor of numerous books in The Child Welfare Challenge and Adoption and Prenatal Drug Exposure.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Examining Child Abuse and Child Welfare Caseloads and Careers
1 Understanding Pathways to Permanency 3
2 Growth in Child Abuse Reports and Child Welfare Services Caseloads 23
3 From Child Abuse Report to Child Welfare Services 55
Pt. II Analyzing Foster Care
4 Rethinking and Researching Length of Stay in Foster Care 79
5 Reunification from Kinship and Nonkinship Foster Care 105
6 Factors Associated with Entrance to Group Care 135
7 Time to Adoption 153
Pt. III Child and Placement Characteristics
8 Specialized Foster Care: A Home for Children with Special Needs 179
9 Kinship Care: Rights and Responsibilities, Services and Standards 195
10 Group Care for Children 221
11 Similarities and Differences in the Characteristics of Children in Out-of-Home Care 235
Pt. IV Implications
12 Trends and Recommendations for the Next Decade 255
References 275
Author Index 288
Subject Index 291
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