Beyond Common Sense : Child Welfare, Child Well-Being, and the Evidence for Policy Reform.
Wulczyn, Fred. Barth, Richard P. Yuan, Ying-Ying T. Harden, Brenda Jones. Landsverk, John.
xiii, 227 p.
Publication Information: Piscataway, NJ : Aldine Transaction, A Division of Transaction Publishers.
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This book examines the use of child well-being as an outcome for children involved with the child welfare system, and the need to use evidence based policies to ensure child well-being. Part 1 explores the theoretical foundations for addressing well-being in the context of child welfare and includes chapters that discuss evidence-based policy development and the integration of bio-ecological and public health perspectives to give the evidence base coherence. Parts 2 and 3 review the evidence that is available for policy development. Chapters 3 and 4 combine evidence from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, the Multistate Foster Care Data Archive, and the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being to offer a profile of children as they come into the child welfare system. The data indicate that rates of involvement reveal strong developmental themes, and that children who come in contact with the child welfare system have pervasive developmental challenges. In Part 3, Chapters 5 and 6 discuss evidence-based strategies that are effective for altering the early life course of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, and evidence-based mental health interventions for children in child welfare. The final chapter focuses on policy and concludes that in order for service integration to work, agency partnerships must be explicitly developmental in their structure. The need for the child welfare system to act as an advocate for children in high-risk situations is stressed. 14 tables, 21 figures, and numerous references. (Author abstract modified)
child welfare; well being; evidence based practice; policy formation; child welfare reform; mental health; intervention