Research has already been a significant factor in child welfare policy in recent years, but this essential new volume demonstrates that it has taken a leading role in the field to spur and guide change. In the incisive chapters gathered here, some of the field's top investigators present their work and assess its effect on the full spectrum of child welfare services. Future generations of researchers, as well as students, practitioners, and service providers, will find the resulting text indispensable.
Edited by Duncan Lindsey and Aron Shlonsky, two of the discipline's most articulate voices, the book covers every base. The opening chapters situate child welfare research in the modern context; they are followed by discussions of evidence-based practice in the field, arguably its most pressing concern now. Recent years have seen historic rises in the number of children adopted through public agencies and, accordingly, permanent placement and family ties are critical topics that occupy the book's core, along with chapters broaching the thorny questions that surround decision-making and risk assessment. The urgent need for a more effective use of research and evidence is highlighted again with looks at the future of child protection and how concrete data can influence policy and help children. Finally, in recognition of the growing importance of a global view, closing chapters address international issues in child welfare research, including an examination of policies from abroad and a multinational comparison of the economic challenges facing single mothers and their children.
With its insightful treatment of child welfare services in terms of the broader welfare system and acknowledgment of the myriad problems child welfare agencies face, this exceptional compendium offers a rich understanding of the social conditions that influence contemporary child welfare and enables the field to move ahead without losing sight of valuable lessons that have been learned.
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press, USA|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||10.10(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)|
Table of Contents
1. Epidemiology of Child Maltreatment
2. Informing Child Welfare: The Promise and Limits of Empirical Research
3. Providing More Effective, Ethical Services: The Philosophy and Process of Evidence-Based Practice
4. How Do We Know What Works?: The Quality of Published Reviews of Evidence-Based Practice
5. The Influence of an Adoption Experiment on Social Policy
6. New Permanency Strategies for Children in Foster Care
7. The Transition to Adulthood Among Youth "Aging Out" of Care: What Have We Learned?
8. Moving Restorative Justice Interventions into Domestic Violence Treatment
9. A Descriptive Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Child Maltreatment: Implications for Child Welfare Policy
10. Decision Making in Child Welfare: Constraints and Potentials
11. Lessons from Research on Decision-Making
12. Assessing Risk Throughout the Life of a Child Welfare Case
13. Improving Social Work Through the Use of Technology and Advanced Research Methods
14. The Future of Child Protection Revisited
15. The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations
16. Self-Evaluation: Using Data to Guide Policy and Practice in Public Child Welfare Agencies
17. Comparing Welfare and Child Welfare Populations: An Argument for Rethinking the Safety Net
18. Promoting Child Well-Being through Early Intervention: Findings from the Chicago Longitudinal Study
19. Heeding Horton: Transcending the Public Welfare Paradigm
20. Accounts at Birth: Creating a National System for Savings and Asset Building with Children's Savings Accounts
21. Beyond Child Welfare: International Perspectives on Child and Family Policies
22. The Effect of Children on the Income Status of Female-headed Households: An Intercountry Comparison