Essentials of child welfare.
Essentials of social work practice series
Ellis, Rodney A. Dulmus, Catherine N. Wodarski, John S.
x, 246 p
Publication Information: Hoboken, NJ : John Wiley & Sons
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This book provides foundational information about the child welfare system. The first chapter begins by describing the agencies and individuals that are involved in the investigation of allegations of child abuse, neglect, or abandonment. It then reviews the legal processes used by child welfare agencies in making permanent living arrangements for children. Chapters 2 through 8 describe essential information and skills required to understand and function within each competent of the child welfare system. Chapter 2 reviews essential of protective investigations, while Chapter 3 discusses skills needed in child and family assessment. Chapter 4 examines case planning, and the essentials of foster care are explained in Chapter 5. This chapter reviews the challenges of foster care, structure and placement decisions in the foster care system, recruitment and training of foster parents, the role of the case manager, and issues for children in foster care, source families, and foster parents. Chapters 6 and 7 discuss the essentials of specialized care and the essentials of reunification. Preparation for reunification, criteria for reunification, and key reunification questions related to the child, the perpetrator, the family, and other social systems are discussed. Components of a family safety plan are also explained. Chapter 8 focuses on the essentials of adoption, including the termination of parental rights, the adoption process, matching families, preparing children and families, and pre- and postplacement services. The final chapters describe the process of preparing children in foster care to enter independent living and the importance of cultural sensitivity in social work. Chapters close with a self-test for content understanding. Numerous figures and references. (Author abstract modified)
child welfare; foster care; child protective services; needs assessment; family assessment; treatment foster care; adoption; independent living; cultural competency