The Welfare Of Children, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

The Welfare Of Children, 2nd Edition / Edition 2

by Duncan Lindsey
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195136705

ISBN-13: 9780195136708

Pub. Date: 10/01/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

According to the United Nations' latest data, the United States has more children living in poverty than any other industrialized nation in the world. More than a fifth of all children grow up in poverty. The poverty rates for African-American and Latino children often exceeds 40 percent. Furthermore, the United States—a country that once pioneered strategies

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Overview

According to the United Nations' latest data, the United States has more children living in poverty than any other industrialized nation in the world. More than a fifth of all children grow up in poverty. The poverty rates for African-American and Latino children often exceeds 40 percent. Furthermore, the United States—a country that once pioneered strategies to prevent child abuse and that now spends more money fighting child abuse than any other industrialized country—also has the highest rate of child abuse in the industrialized world. Against this background, Duncan Lindsey, a leading authority on child welfare, takes a critical look at the current welfare system. He traces the transformation of child welfare into child protective services, arguing that the current focus on abuse has produced a system that is designed to protect children from physical and sexual abuse and therefore functions as a last resort for only the worst and most dramatic cases in child welfare. In a close analysis of the process of investigating child abuse, Linsey finds that there is no evidence that the transformation into protective services has reduced child abuse fatalities or provided a safter environment for children. He makes a compelling argument for the criminal justice system to assume responsibility for the problem of child abuse in order for the child welfare system to be able to adequately address the well-being of a much larger number of children now growing up in poverty. This new edition of The Welfare of Children takes into account a major legislative change since the publication of the first edition: the welfare reform legislation of 1996. This legislation has fundamentally altered the public child welfare system as broadly understood, and Lindsey thoroughly examines its implications on policy and practice, refuting the claim that welfare reform has actually reduced child poverty. The Welfare of Children, 2nd Edition is a compassiona

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195136708
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/01/2003
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
472
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Emergence of the Modern Child Welfare System11
2Child Welfare Research: The Effectiveness of Casework43
3Child Welfare Reform through Demonstration Research: Permanency Planning67
4The Changing Portrait of the American Family91
5The End of Child Welfare: The Transformation of Child Welfare into Child Protective Services119
6The Decision to Remove a Child159
7Dealing with Child Abuse, the Red Herring of Child Welfare177
8Wealth and Poverty in America: The Economic Condition of Children205
9The Rise and Fall of Welfare for Disadvantaged Children in America243
10The Fading Promise of Welfare Reform to End Child Poverty277
11Two Simple Programs for Ending Child Poverty313
12Child Future Savings Account: Social Security for Children339
Closing369
References377
Author Index423
Subject Index437

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