Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century

Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century

by Richard B. McKenzie
     
 

ISBN-10: 0761914439

ISBN-13: 9780761914433

Pub. Date: 09/11/1998

Publisher: SAGE Publications

With welfare reform at the top of the U.S. Congress agenda, the orphanage debate has resurfaced. While adoption is a solution for some children, many children are difficult to place or legally unavailable for permanent placement. Editor Richard B. McKenzie contends that the resurgence of private orphanages or children's homes will become a favorable option for those…  See more details below

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With welfare reform at the top of the U.S. Congress agenda, the orphanage debate has resurfaced. While adoption is a solution for some children, many children are difficult to place or legally unavailable for permanent placement. Editor Richard B. McKenzie contends that the resurgence of private orphanages or children's homes will become a favorable option for those children. Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century reviews the policy reforms necessary for these homes to become reliable solutions for many of the nation's disadvantaged and abused children. McKenzie, who grew up in an orphanage in the 1950s, also includes the first and only large-scale survey of orphanage alumni, involving 1,600 respondents. Child welfare professionals, policymakers, sociologists, social workers, and family studies scholars will find this timely volume of great interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761914433
Publisher:
SAGE Publications
Publication date:
09/11/1998
Pages:
334
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
1Rethinking Orphanages: An Introduction1
Pt. IChild Care in the United States
2The State of Child Welfare23
3The Nation's Child Welfare Problems as Viewed From the Bench39
4Family Preservation and Child Maltreatment47
Pt. IIThe History and Impact of Orphanages
5The Rise and Fall of American Orphanages65
6The 1994 Orphanage Debate: A Study in the Politics of Annihilation79
7Orphanage Alumni: How They Have Done and How They Evaluate Their Experience103
8Research on the Psychological Effects of Orphanage Care: A Critical Review127
9Fostering the Demand for Adoptions: An Empirical Analysis of the Impact of Orphanages and Foster Care on Adoptions in the United States151
Pt. IIIProblems in Bringing Back Orphanages
10Social Security, Social Workers, and the Care of Dependent Children171
11A Public Choice Analysis of Child Care Dollars: The Political Bias in Favor of the Status Quo193
12Who Will Mow the Lawn at Boys Town? Child Labor Laws in an Institutional Setting207
13The Regulation of Orphanages: A Survey and Critique231
14Funding Our Children's Future: The Interplay of Funding and Regulatory Philosophies on Private Children's Homes247
15The Cost of Care in Institutions and Families269
Pt. IVThe Path to Reform
16Rethinking Orphanages for the 21st Century: A Search for Reform of the Nation's Child Welfare System289
Index309
About the Authors325

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