Distinguished by its muticultural approach, this book provides an up-to-date survey of child welfare, including an overview of the generalist perspective, a history of child welfare, and a discussion of child welfare services. It analyzes the many changes in child welfare policy since the early 1990s and includes case examples to provide topical and multicultural illustrations of the concepts presented. The lead author and chapter contributors are in the forefront of new developments in child welfare. The Second Edition features chapters on working with diverse family systems, including African-American, Hispanic, Asian and Pacific Islander, and American Indian families. The updated discussion of child welfare policy addresses Family Preservation, the Multi-Ethnic Placement Act, and the Welfare Reform Act of 1996. New material is also presented on child maltreatment and child welfare in rural America, kinship care, the link between the community and the family, and managed care. For anyone interested in child welfare and recent changes in child welfare policy.
A text for undergraduate students in social work and human services, child development majors, and entry-level children's services practitioners. Early chapters discuss the history of child welfare in the US and present social changes, issues, and problems facing children and families. Attention is then focused on those child welfare polices and programs that attempt to address these problems, including family support and family preservation services, foster care, and adoption settings. This second edition contains a new chapter on Native American families, and expanded treatment of other ethnic and cultural minorities, including rural families. The editor is affiliated with California State University-Los Angeles. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)