Exploring Child Welfare : A Practice Perspective (with from the Eye of the Storm: the Experiences of a Child Welfare Worker)

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  • Edition: 4th
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  • Copyright: 2007-01-01
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
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Exploring Child Welfare provides an overall look at all aspects of the provision of services for children and their families, from services that enhance and support family life to those that substitute for the child's own home. The Fourth Edition of this accessible and engaging text continues to reflect the author's strong practice perspective and incorporates new developments in welfare reform and child welfare services. The author bases her work on more than 30 years of experience in almost all areas of children's services, including protective services, foster care, adoption, court services, residential treatment and school-based services.

Table of Contents

All chapters conclude with "Summary," "Exploration Questions," "Activities for Applied Learning," "Suggested Reading," and "References."
Children: Our Most Important Resource
A Brief History of Child Welfare
Providing Services for Children Today
The Changing Family
The Responsibilities and Rights of the Family
The Setting for Today's Family
Profile of Today's Family
Types of Families
The Emotional Climate of Families
The Impact of Culture on Families
The Family Life Cycle
Stresses on Families
When Families Need Help
Childhood Poverty in the United States
Childhood Poverty: Characteristics of Poor Children
Poverty Defined
Why Children Live in Poverty
Consequences of Growing Up in Poverty
Recent Efforts to Fight Poverty
The Economics of Poverty
Reducing Child Poverty
An Important Footnote
Current Societal Problems and Their Impact on Children
Violence, Addiction, and Homelessness
Children and Violence
Children and Substance Abuse
Homeless Families
Homeless and Runaway Youths
Servicing the Developing Child: Day-Care and School-Based Services
Day Care: Serving Infants and Pre-School Children
School-Based Services
Counseling for Families and Children
What Is Counseling?
When a Family Might Seek Counseling
Attitudes About Receiving Counseling
Changing Attitudes About Counseling
Types of Counseling
The Counseling Process
The Experience of Counseling
Trends in Counseling Services
Ethical Consideration in Counseling
Protecting Children When Families Cannot: Child Abuse and Neglect
Historical View
Maltreatment Defined
Reporting Child Maltreatment
Court Intervention in Protective Cases
The Role of the Protective Services Worker
Reflections of an Abused Child: Consumer Perspective
Future Trends in Protective Services
Family Preservation or Child Placement? Serving the Best Interests of the Child
A Brief History of Family-Based Services
Demonstrating Effectiveness in Family-Based Services
Types of Family-Based Services
Family Preservation Worker
Preserve the Family or Place the Child?
Shaping the future of Family-Based Services
Court Services on Behalf of Children
A Historical Perspective
Situations Warranting Juvenile Court Intervention
Factors Influencing Court Intervention
The Rights of Juveniles
Juvenile Court Process and Procedures
The Role of the Social Worker and the Court
Consumer Perspective
Alternative Approaches to Court Intervention
Treatment of Juvenile Offenders
Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting
Historical Perspective
Through the Eyes of Society: Myths Revisited
Teens At-Risk
How Teens Make Decisions About Fertility and Childbearing
A Teen's View
Services: Primary Prevention
Services: Secondary Prevention
Trends in Pregnancy Prevention
Children in Family Foster Care
History of Family Foster Care
The Nature of Foster Care Today
Foster Parents
Birth Parents with Children in Foster Care
Children in Foster Care
The Role of the Foster Care Social Worker
A Former Foster Child Recalls Life in Care
The Future of Foster Care
The Adoption of Children
The History of Adoption
Definitions and Assumptions
Issues in Adoption Today
Adoptive Participants
The Adoptive Process
The Role of the Adoption Worker
The Search
Children in Residential Settings
Historical Perspective
Assumptions About Residential Care
Types of Residential Settings
Children in Residential Settings
Life in a Residential Setting
Working with Families of Children in Residential Care
The Role of Staff in a Residential Setting
A Former Resident Remembers: Jennifer's Story
Problems with Residential Settings
Our Children's Future
What Is in Our Children's Future?
Preparing Those Who Help Children
Child Welfare in the Twenty-First Century
Name Index
Subject Index
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