The Child Welfare Challenge: Policy, Practice, and Research

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  • Edition: 3rd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-10-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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Within a historical and contemporary context, this bookexamines major policy practice and research issues asthey jointly shape child welfare practice and its future.In addition to describing the major problems facing thefield, the book highlights service innovations that havebeen developed in recent years. The resulting picture isencouraging, especially if certain major program reformsare implemented and agencies are able to concentrateresources in a focused manner.The volume emphasizes families and children whoseprimary recourse to services has been through publiclyfunded child welfare agencies. The book considers historicalareas of service-foster care and adoptions, in-home family-centeredservices, child-protective services, and residentialservices-where social work has an important role. Authorsaddress the many fields of practice in which child and familyservices are provided or that involve substantial numbers ofsocial work programs, such as services to adolescent parents,child mental health, education, and juvenile justice agencies.This new edition will continue to serve as a fundamentalintroduction for new practitioners, as well as summaryof recent developments for experienced practitioners.

Author Biography

Peter J. Pecora is Senior Director of Research Services of Casey Family Program and Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington. James, K. Whittaker is Charles O. Cressey Endowed Professor Emeritus, School of Social Work, University of Washington. Anthony N. Maluccio is Professor Emeritus, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Connecticut. Richard P. Barth is Professor and Dean, School of Social Work, University of Maryland. Diane DePanfilis is Professor, School and Social Work, University of Maryland. Robert D. Plotnick is Professor, Daniel Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Purpose and Goals of Child Welfarep. 1
Key Child Welfare Legislation and Other Policiesp. 31
A Conceptual Framework for Child and Family-Centered Servicesp. 63
Economic Security for Families with Childrenp. 89
Child Maltreatment Types, Rates, and Reporting Proceduresp. 119
Child Protective Servicesp. 149
Family-Based Servicesp. 167
Family Foster Carep. 195
Family Reunification and Kinship Carep. 219
Transition and Independent Living Servicesp. 245
Adoption and Adoption Servicesp. 269
Residential Group Care and Intensive Treatment Alternativesp. 293
Organizational Requisites and Challenges to Effective Child Welfare Servicesp. 313
Appendixp. 339
Referencesp. 353
Subject Indexp. 425
Author Indexp. 437
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