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This groundbreaking book discusses both child welfare policy and child welfare practice and provides a fully integrated balance between the two. By using what research has proven to be the best-practice methods, this approach enables readers not only to understand policies and laws, but also learn how to be an effective practitioner and advocate when working in a myriad of situations. As they focus on an approach with a multi-systemic view, readers learn how to prevent crisis situations such as child abuse and neglect and family separation, rather than simply react to these issues.
- New co-author Norma Harris, the primary author of national guidelines in child protective services, brings additional information and insights to the policies that effect child welfare practice.
- New Chapter 12 focuses on prevention to resolve the issue of child maltreatment.
- Permanency planning and adoption are addressed in a new Chapter 11, providing students with the insight and skills needed in these situations.
- Chapter 2 is now titled "Child Welfare Services: Formal and Informal" and presents the most recent research findings and innovations such as family support, family preservation, family group conferencing, wrap-around, interagency collaboration, self-help groups, and mentoring programs.
- New Chapter 4, "Policy and Research in Child Welfare," presents the most current policies and research findings, including the federal policy Child and Family Services Reviews, which was used to evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare services throughout the states.
- By focusing on the strengths-based perspective throughout, students are taught how to tailor interventions for specific cases using already-existing resources within the family system.
- New Chapter 5 on cultural competence provides students with information on working with diverse groups such as Latinos, Asian, Native-American and Euro American families.
- Practical, hands-on practice interventions equip readers with both knowledge about policies and strategies that they can use to be more effective in the field.
- Vignettes and case studies illustrate particular techniques and engage students at the beginning of chapters.
- Chapter-ending summaries and discussion questions reinforce content and engage students' thinking.
2. Best Practices in Child Welfare.
3. Child Welfare Services: Formal and Informal.
4. Policy and Research in Child Welfare.
5. Cultural Competency in Child Welfare.
7. Abuse and Emotional Maltreatment.
8. Child Sexual Abuse.
9. Behavioral and Delinquency Issues.
10. Children with Special Challenges and Teenage Pregnancy.
11. Permanency Planning and Adoption.
12. Alternatives: Prevention and Early Intervention.
13. Leadership and Change.