Distinguished by its critical perspective, this book delivers a balanced and comprehensive examination of the child welfare system in the United States today. In a clear and accessible style, it outlines key issues, reviews the history of the child welfare system, andexplores the challenges to developing appropriate federal, state and local policies that address child welfare concerns. A chapter devoted to innovative and effective child welfare and prevention practices showcases examples of successful programs. Additionally, the book underscores the importance of coordination among human service professionals and organizations. The text addresses issues related to the educational system, homelessness, poverty, the juvenile justice system, foster care, and adoption. It incorporates the perspectives of parents and children involved in the system, who cite both positive experiences and bureaucratic challenges. Child welfare workers themselves describe the professional and personal realities of their experiences working within the system.Illustrative case examples of abused and neglected children add to the text's value for BSW and MSW students studying child welfare.
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Sylvia I. Mignon, PhD, MSW is Professor of Human Services and the Director of the Master of Science in Human Services Program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She has over 35 years of experience in the human services field in settings such as hospitals, substance abuse treatment programs, and correctional facilities. Her research and publication specialty areas include family violence, substance abuse, and the death penalty. She is the author of three books: Family Abuse: Consequences, Theories, and Responses(2002, Allyn and Bacon), Substance Use and Abuse: Exploring Alcohol and Drug Issues (2009, Lynne Rienner), and Substance Abuse Treatment: Options, Challenges, and Effectiveness (2014, Springer Publishing Company).
Chapter 1: Overview of the American Child Welfare SystemChapter 2: A Brief History of the Child Welfare SystemChapter 3: The Relationship of Poverty to the Child Welfare SystemChapter 4: The Educational System and Child WelfareChapter 5: Homelessness and Child WelfareChapter 6: The Juvenile Justice System and Child WelfareChapter 7: Foster CareChapter 8: AdoptionChapter 9: Parent and Child Perspectives on Child Protection ServicesChapter 10: Child Welfare Advocacy: Views of Child Welfare ProfessionalsChapter 11: Innovations in the Child Welfare SystemChapter 12: Future Issues in Child Welfare.
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