The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System: Through the Cracks

The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System: Through the Cracks

by Lois Weinberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0789023938

ISBN-13: 9780789023933

Pub. Date: 12/14/2007

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Find out why children fall through the cracks in the foster care system—and what you can do to help

The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System tells the stories of 10 children in the foster care system from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and the efforts by advocates to find them permanent places to live, appropriate schooling,…  See more details below

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Find out why children fall through the cracks in the foster care system—and what you can do to help

The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System tells the stories of 10 children in the foster care system from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds and the efforts by advocates to find them permanent places to live, appropriate schooling, and other essentials they need to survive. The children's case studies highlight the difficulties in placing and maintaining them in healthy living situations with supportive educational, mental health, and other services. The book shows how children fall-sometimes over and over again-through the "deep cracks" that exist within and between the various agencies of the multi-agency system of care that was designed to help them.

Appropriate placement and services for children in foster care typically requires the coordination and collaboration of several agencies, including the juvenile court, child protective services (CPS), school districts, and departments of mental health (DMH). The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System shows how these agencies frequently fail to meet their legal obligations to children in the system and what can be done to address these failures-and the outcomes they produce.

The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System includes:

• An introduction to the child protective services system
• The general route by which children in the United States are removed from their parents' custody because or abuse and neglect
• The major components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the problems in getting foster children's educational needs met
• The difficulties in securing stable out-of-home placements
• Strategies for stabilizing home placements
• Problems in funding for out-of-home placements
• Strategies for advocating the removal of children from inadequate out-of-home placements
• Legislation and practices for bringing about needed policy changes
• And much more

Equally valuable as a professional tool and as a classroom resource, The Systematic Mistreatment of Children in the Foster Care System includes introductions to specific issues presented in each chapter; case studies that illuminate the issues presented; subsections for each case study chapter entitled "Prevention," "Intervention," "Advocacy Considerations," and "What Had Gone Wrong;" boxed items highlighting practical strategies, laws, and other relevant information; and a conclusion and summary of each chapter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780789023933
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/14/2007
Series:
Maltreatment, Trauma, and Interpersonal Aggression Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
354
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. The Child Protective System
Reporting Abuse or Neglect
Investigation
The Petition
The Court
Court Proceedings
Role of the Attorney
Cracks in the Child Protective System
Summary
Chapter 2. The Educational System
Foster Children and Disabilities
Special Education
Mental Health Services
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 3. Sharon: Preventing Placement in a State Psychiatric Hospital
Introduction
Case Study of Sharon
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 4. John: Struggling to Stabilize Placement with a Parent
Introduction
Case Study of John
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 5. James: Stabilizing Placement with Relatives
Introduction
Case Study of James
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 6. Silvia and Carlos: Placing Siblings Together in a Foster Home
Introduction
Case Study of Silvia and Carlos
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 7. Robert: Living at the County Emergency Shelter
Introduction
Case Study of Robert
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 8. Debra: Supplementing the Appropriate Program
Introduction
Case Study of Debra
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 9. Patty: Funding a Unique Program
Introduction
Case Study of Patty
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 10. Anthony: Advocating for Foster Home Placement
Introduction
Case Study of Anthony
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 11. David: Working with a Court-Appointed Special Advocate to Reunite Separated Siblings
Introduction
Case Study of David
Conclusion
Summary
Chapter 12. Directions for Change
Creating Stable Home Placements
Improving School Outcomes
Improving Mental Health Outcomes
Creating Stable Transition to Adulthood
Conclusion
Summary
Notes
References
Index

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