Kids Raised By The Government / Edition 1

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The child welfare system is broken, and no one seems to know how to fix it. Except for the increasing number of scandals in the news, the public knows little about the system, which is hidden from public scrutiny, allegedly to protect children. Meanwhile, the number of children being propelled into the welfare system is increasing at an alarming rate, and more than 25 state child welfare systems are being sued in federal court for abusive and neglectful practices. A careful examination of the child welfare system is long overdue. This book explores the sources of the problems in the system, places those problems in their historical, legal, and policy perspectives, and explores the implications of policies for state and national levels.

The book opens with an overview of the child welfare system and the problems inherent in it. Schwartz and Fishman then analyze attempts to mend the system and review the Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act—the foundation for contemporary child welfare policy. The following chapters look at the practice of adoption, the potential movement between child welfare and delinquency, and the problems of residential care. The book concludes with the implications of child welfare policy for the state and national levels and recommends ways to reform the system.

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Editorial Reviews

Begun as a study of child welfare services, this book focuses on the problems and issues confronting child welfare in Michigan that are also prevalent elsewhere. Some of the issues covered include adoption and permanency, the relationship between child welfare and delinquency, and residential treatment. An additional topic is the federal role in child welfare, including recent and past national legislation and the ideology and philosophy behind these laws. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275962647
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/30/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Lexile: 1430L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

IRA M. SCHWARTZ is Dean of Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.

GIDEON FISHMAN, Professor of Sociology at the University of Haifa, is cofounder and codirector of the Minerva Center for Youth Policy at the University. He is the author of numerous articles on crime trends, sterotypes, violent behavior, and suicidal behavior and coauthor with Arye Rattner of Justice for All? Jews and Arabs in the Israeli Criminal Justice System (Greenwood, 1998).

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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures 7
Preface 9
Acknowledgments 13
Ch. 1 A Wake-Up call for the Child Welfare System 15
Ch. 2 Child Welfare Reform: An Elusive Goal 37
Ch. 3 The Adoption Assistance and Child Welfare Act: Good Intentions Gone Awry 53
Ch. 4 Adopted: Who Is and Who Isn't? 71
Ch. 5 Child Welfare and Delinquency: Between Compassion and Control 87
Ch. 6 The Role of Residential Care 103
Ch. 7 Public Policy and Child Welfare: Agenda for the 21st Century 117
Index 145
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