Child Welfare for the 21st Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs. 2nd Edition.
Mallon, Gerald P. Hess, Peg McCartt.
xvii. 749 p.
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Intended to support and enhance the professional education of social workers, this handbook provides a framework for examining child welfare practices and policies in the twenty-first century. The text begins with a historical and legislative overview of child welfare policies and programs in the United States. Part 1 then focuses on child and adolescent well-being and includes chapters on family support services, meaningful family engagement, engaging Latino families, health care for children and youth, mental health care for children and youth, educational issues for children and youth, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth and their families, and runaway and homeless youth. Part 2 addresses child and adolescent safety and includes chapters that discuss the prevention of child abuse and neglect, child protective services, risk assessment, family preservation, sexual abuse issues, substance abuse issues, and domestic violence issues. Permanency for children and adolescents is covered in Part 3 with chapters on reunification, guardianship, customary adoption for American Indian and Alaskan Native children, kinship care, adoption, birth mothers, adoption disruption, the overuse and misuse of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement as a permanency goal, youth development and transitional living services, family foster care, residential services, sibling issues, the role of visits in the well-being and permanency of children and youth in care, and postpermanency services. The final part of the textbook explores systemic issues in child welfare and includes chapters on Child and Family Services Reviews, placement stability, foster parent recruitment, retention, development, and support, legal and judicial engagement, child welfare workforce issues, child welfare supervision, research and evaluation, the disproportionate representation of African American children and youth, fatherhood, and immigrant children, youth, and families. Numerous references.
WELL BEING; CHILD SAFETY; POLICIES; PERMANENCY; SYSTEMIC FACTORS; child welfare services; child welfare reform; historical perspective; placement stability; racial disproportionality; foster parent recruitment; mental health services; school issues; foster children